TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Top-notch defense, and the offense wasn’t bad either.
The Eastern baseball team allowed just two hits to Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Belpre, on Tuesday night in Meigs County, as the host Eagles claimed a 10-0 victory in five innings.
Eastern (6-4, 5-2 TVC Hocking) took advantage of two BHS (4-7, 4-5) errors in the first inning, scoring three runs on one hit and one walk.
Another Belpre error led to an EHS run in the second inning, as Dillon Swatzel reached on a BHS mishap and then scored on a Owen Arix double.
After a scoreless third frame, EHS added one run in the bottom of the fourth, when Ethen Richmond scored on a Cameron Richmond RBI.
Eastern loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth, and Kaleb Hill scored on a sac-fly by Swatzel to make the lead 6-0. Three straight walks allowed two more Eagles to score, and the lead was 8-0 with the bases loaded an one out. Cameron Richmond came through with a double to left field, plating two runs and allowing EHS to seal the 10-0 mercy rule win.
Cameron Richmond struck out seven and earned the pitching victory for EHS, allowing two hits and two walks in a complete game shutout effort.
Bailey Sprague struck out four and suffered the loss for the Orange and Black, allowing 10 runs on four walks and nine free passes in 4.1 innings. Stilt pitched the final two batters and surrendered one hit and one walk.
Hill led EHS at the plate with one double, one single, two runs scored and one RBI in three at-bats. Cameron Richmond was 1-for-3 with a double and three RBI, Arix was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI, while Swatzel was 1-for-3 with a single, one run scored and one RBI.
Austin Coleman scored twice and drove in one run for the Green and Gold, Ethen Richmond scored twice and stole one base, while Nate Durst, Josh Brewer and Jesse Morris each scored one run.
Davis and Stilt each singled once in two at-bats for the Orange and Black.
Belpre had three errors and left three runners on base in the setback, while EHS left three on base and had zero errors.
EHS will look for the season sweep on April 29, when these teams meet in Belpre.
The Green and Gold return to the diamond on Thursday, when Miller visits Tuppers Plains.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.