BELPRE, Ohio — Now that’s finishing what you started.
The Eastern baseball team scored the first run of Friday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division clash with Belpre at Civitan Park, but the hosts bounced back to take a 3-1 lead. However, the visiting Eagles scored 12 unanswered runs and took the 13-3 mercy rule win, in five innings.
EHS (13-7, 11-3 TVC Hocking) took a 1-0 lead with two outs in the top of the first inning, as sophomore Kaleb Hill singled home junior John Little.
Belpre (5-14, 5-8) was held scoreless in the opening frame, but the Orange and Black took the lead in second, as Jesse Collins and Andrew Klingler scored on a single by Cole Knotts, who then scored on an error.
The Green and Gold tied the game in the top of the third, as Hill and Cameron Richmond both singled and scored. Little and Austin Coleman both scored in the top of the fourth, giving Eastern a 5-3 advantage.
EHS broke the game wide open in the top of the fifth, scoring eight runs on four hits, five free passes and one BHS error. The Golden Eagles were retired in order in the bottom of the fifth, as Eastern secured the 13-3 mercy rule victory.
Eagles senior Cameron Richmond struck out seven batters in a complete game effort and he was the winning pitcher of record, allowing three runs, two earned on four hits and two free passes. Collins suffered the loss on the mound for BHS.
Little led the guests at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one double, three runs scored and one RBI. Hill and Coleman both singled twice, scored twice and drove in two runs, Cameron Richmond singled once, scored twice and drove in two runs, while Jesse Morris had one hit, one run scored and one RBI.
Dillon Swatzel and Ethen Richmond were both 1-for-3 at the plate for EHS, while Nate Durst scored twice and Josh Brewer scored once.
Knotts singled once, scored once and drove in two runs to lead the hosts, while Collins added one hit and one run scored. Kole Counts and Jacob Davis both singled once in the loss, while Klingler scored one run.
Both teams committed one error in the game.
EHS also defeated the Golden Eagles on April 12, by a 10-0 count in five innings, in Meigs County.
The Eagles will return to the diamond on Monday, when Trimble visits Tuppers Plains.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.