The Crusaders (3-5) scored early when three consecutive singles bought in a run, the last by Curt Marshall. A Chris Tate sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third with one out. After a pop out, Willie Buchananís pitch got by catcher Jonathan McMahon, that forced in another run, this time letting in shortstop Corey Hinton.
Both teams were retired easily in the 2nd and 3rd innings, until the Eagles finally got on the board when left fielder sophomore Tyler Wynn slammed a solo shot to left field, that decreased their deficit down to 2-1.
To lead off the sixth inning, Joe Kugler singled off of Dylan Davidson to center field and stole second. McMahon bunted him over with one out, and Burchfield grounded out to Crusader second baseman Mike Reis that increased the lead to 4-2.
Neither team scored in the seventh, but
Davidson pitched 4.1 innings of relief, giving up just two hits, a run, walking a batter and striking out two.
Devin Vance (1-1) pitched 4.2 innings giving up three hits and three runs, but walked five to go with three strikeouts. Hinton led the Crusaders on offense, with a 2-for-5 performance to go with a stolen base. Tate had two hits in his three at-bats, and also chipped in with a sacrifice hit.
The Eagles used six different pitchers in the game, with four pitching 1.1 innings or less.
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Story Credit: David Cohen