By the time the Easton Outlaws left Sportsfield Thursday night, they were winners. That wasn’t the case, however, for the ball club’s first three hours at the complex.
Playing in the opening game of the American Legion AAA Zone 1 Tournament the Outlaws suffered a 15-5 defeat at the hands of the Blue Valley Jaguars. Yet, following the blowout, it was discovered that the Jaguars played with an illegal player, thus disqualifying the entire team.
After an evening of poor baseball, where Easton committed nine errors, the squad was going home a winner.
“No matter what, we have got to clean it up and get back to the basic fundamentals,” Outlaw coach Paul Amos said. “Too many errors, that is all you can say about our play right now.”
Easton will now play for a spot in the tournament’s championship tonight at 5 p.m. Blue Valley faces a win-or-go home affair following at 8 p.m.
In the Outlaws’ lost-turn-win, the team’s defense never showed up. Errors in nearly every frame allowed Blue Valley to score in six of the contest’s seven innings.
One run in the first, another in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and five scores in the sixth and seventh led to the mercy-rule result. Easton received a score in the third when Sean Spurlock scored on a Hank Crook RBI single.
In the top of the seventh, the Outlaws plated four runs thanks in large part to singles from Justin McCall, Brad Yonts and Spurlock. Daniel Broaddus had an important walk in the frame too.
Though despite the late charge, too many defensive mistakes crippled Easton until the game’s conclusion, where one giant Blue Valley error changed everything.
Jaxx rally past Geiger in slugfest
In a game that lasted nearly three hours, the LV Diamond Jaxx used a late inning rally to edge out Geiger Ready-Mix 14-13.
The contest was a roller coast of emotions, runs and momentum changes. Geiger took an early advantage when Nick Diechler pumped a two-run home run over the left field wall in the top of the first.
By the fourth the game was knotted at 3-3 when Matt Marengo hit a RBI single and scored moments later due to a throwing error. Geiger stretched the two-run lead to 9-3 with a four-run fifth. That charge was highlighted by a two-run single off Ben Naething’s bat and another Diechler RBI hit.
A half frame later, back came the Jaxx, jump started by a Brandon Wilson three-run homer in the fifth. Two more Jaxx runs came on throwing errors in the sixth, allowing Kris Messer and Devin Hall to score.
Geiger held an answer though, Derrick Swaggerty poking a two-run double in the seventh and then scoring when Caleb Cribb hit a RBI single.
The Diamond Jaxx got all three back in the bottom half of the frame when a passed ball scored Messer and Dan VanSchoelandt hit a two-run triple.In the eighth, the squad finally broke through for two runs and the win.