Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Eagles roast Blazes in seventh to win 7-2 by David Field

WESTBROOK-Both teams entered this contest with records at 10-2.  After
being tied, Windham scored five runs in the top of the seventh to defeat rival Westbrook 7-2. 

Windham shuffled its lineup and former number five hitter became leadoff hitter. Calvin Field pounded a triple to start the game off.  Tanner Laberge then singled to drive Field in.  Jack Herzig reached on a fielder’s choice.  Ethan Petty hit a single to advance Herzig.  Spencer Hodge hit into a fielder’s choice but scored Herzig to give Windham the two-run lead.

Cold damp weather favors Windham pitcher Nate Boyle because he retired the first three sides in order to keep the Eagles ahead early on.  In the fourth, Kyle Heath hit a triple and Zach Bean drove him in.  Westbrook tied the game in the sixth inning when Kaleb Kent reached base on an error.  Kyle Heath hit a deep ball and drove him in. 

In the top of the seventh, with the game tied, the Eagles showed the Blazes their fiery bats.  Shawn Francoeur reached on a single and Nate Boyle dropped a sacrifice bunt.  Jake Mello substitute ran for Francoeur.  Joey Francoeur drew a walk to put runners on first and second.  Zach Conley ripped a single up the middle to drive in Mello for the actual game winning run.  But the Eagles weren’t done.  Josh Dugas took Joey Francoeur’s spot on third as a pinch runner.  Calvin Field drew a walk to load the bases.  Tanner Laberge drove a hard shot to the outfield that drove in Dugas and Conley.  With Jack Herzig up to bat, relief pitcher DJ Bruenig threw a wild pitch that Calvin Field easily scored on. 

In the bottom frame, leadoff batter Ryan Gilligan hit a double.  However, Nate Boyle struck out the next batter and the next two batters hit fly outs.  “Nate pitched great.  But I have to give credit to Jack Herzig for calling a great game,” said coach Brody Artes after the game.  “Early in the game his ball was up.  He made some adjustments as the game went on. He kept hitters off balance. This was a nice bounce back win after the Scarborough loss. “

The Eagles will face Gorham Thursday afternoon in Windham.  This matchup will be very interesting as Gorham defeated previously undefeated Scarborough 3-1 on Tuesday.

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