CONWAY — Last Friday the Eagles baseball team (2-5) stayed with Portsmouth (6-0) through two scoreless innings before the visiting Clippers got on the scoreboard and went on to a 6-0 defeat of the hosts at Bob Burns Field.
In the top of the first frame, the Eagles infield completed a nifty 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning which started with runners on first and second base. Again in the second inning, stellar defense kept the Clippers scoreless after the bases were loaded with no outs.
The Eagles were not so lucky to get out of the third inning unscathed, as the Clippers bats came through with runners in scoring position. Nonetheless, Coach Josh McCallister had high praise for the work of starting pitcher Aaron Lamar, who went five innings on the mound. "Aaron threw strikes and put the ball in play for our defense. Despite some errors, it felt like our defense played pretty well; three double plays were certainly helpful."
At the plate, McCallister lamented, "We're still struggling with our hitting." The Eagles' best chance to score came in the fourth inning when Ethan Robitaille led off with a single and another base hit by Adam Martinese advanced Robitaille to third. But that was as far as any Eagle base runner advanced all day.
In the last two innings, Jama Goff came on to pitch and shut down the Clippers. Goff was slated to start on the hill in yesterday's game against White Mountain (3-3). Results not known as of press time.
Tomorrow the Eagles travel to take on Oyster River (4-2) in Durham. McCallister is hopeful that an ankle injury suffered by Nate Emerson in the last inning Friday does not keep him out of the lineup for long. Additionally, pitcher Alex Ricker is due back to strengthen the mound corps.
- Category: High School