WINDHAM- The Eagles came alive in the fifth inning to score five runs and despite the Riots seventh inning attempt prevailed.
Nate Boyle took the hill for Windham and wanted to continue the dominance shown in the game against Portland. South Portland’s Henry Curran made his first appearance of the season so his effect was unknown. The two pitchers battled three scoreless innings until Windham hit the board in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Calvin Field ripped a single to gain first. Shawn Francoeur hit a single to put runners at the corners. Curran balked which sent Field to home and Francoeur to second. Curran got Nate Boyle to ground out to end the inning.
Boyle continued almost flawless. In the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles came to life. Ethan Petty drew a walk. Zach Conley hit a single. Tanner Laberge dropped a nice sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. Spencer Hodge drew a walk. Jack Herzig grounded a fielder’s choice that got Conley out, but scored Petty. Joe Francoeur drew a walk to load the bases. Calvin Field came to the plate and ripped a single that drove in two runs. Field stole second and advanced on Shawn Francoeur’s dropped third strike. With runners at the corners, Nate Boyle came to the plate. Boyle never faced a pitch. Francoeur went for a delayed steal and Field took home on the play. Francoeur was eventually tagged out, but well after Field scored.
Windham had a commanding lead going into the sixth and Boyle struck out two and had a pop out to end the inning. Windham went down in order in the sixth as South Portland put in a third pitcher to contain the damage. In the top of the seventh, South Portland demonstrated that they are a scrappy team and managed to put two runs on the board before Windham to could retire them. “Scrappy teams have a way of biting you.” said Coach Brody Artes.