After a frustrating week of rain, the Eagles finally played their first home game of the season Saturday on a picture perfect day. The day was almost perfect in more ways than one, when junior pitcher Eamon Horwedel tossed a near perfect game and a no-hitter against highly ranked Bishop Foley Catholic. The only blemish on the day, a throwing error with one out in the seventh inning that was quickly eradicated when first baseman Ian Frison tagged out the Foley base runner who rounded first base in fair territory after crossing the bag. Horwedel then struck out the last batter of the game to finish off the no-hit 1-0 win, for the Eagles third straight victory.
For the record, Horwedel struck out 10, walked none, and faced the minimum 21 batters in his seven innings pitched. Not one batted ball in play by Foley left the infield the entire game, but third baseman Jack Winger, shortstop Darren Davis, second baseman Sean Haddlesey and first baseman Ian Frison all made significant plays in the infield to help secure the no-hitter, including a diving stop of a hard hit ball up the middle by Davis in the fourth inning. Catcher Jake Push teamed with Horwedel to call the near-perfect game.
Offensively, the Eagles only mustered four hits – all singles (Haddlesey, Winger, Jack Lehker, and Frison) but some crafty base running helped them push across the only run they would need to secure the win, thanks to a trick, intentional pick play executed to perfection by Haddlesey and Winger.
In the second game of the double header, the Foley bats awakened and erupted for 15 runs on 14 hits to put the Eagles away early in a 15-0 five-inning mercy rule game. Skyline only managed three hits in the shortened game, all singles, one by Sean Haddlesey, the others by Darryn Davis and Eamon Horwedel.
The Eagle are back on the diamond on Monday at Monroe for their next doubleheader.