Skyline’s varsity baseball team climbed over the .500 mark with a doubleheader sweep (8-0, 10-8) of the Monroe Trojans, Monday evening at Monroe High School.
Jack Winger earned his second win of the season in game one of the twin bill, pitching five scoreless innings, striking out four and walking two. Senior Matthew Hagan came on in relief with two scoreless innings of his own to give the Eagles a 8-0 shutout win. Skyline’s defense was stellar as well, playing error-free, while turning three double plays in the win.
Offensively, the Eagles did some major damage throughout the order, with the top of the lineup scoring seven of their eight runs. Leadoff hitter Sean Haddlesey had a pair of hits, a walk, an RBI and scored a pair of runs. Darryn Davis went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double and three RBI, while also scoring a pair of runs. Senior co-captain Jake Push had a hit and knocked in a run, Matt Bacon had a pair of hits and two RBI, and the other senior co-captain, Jack Lehker, drew three walks and knocked in a run. Eamon Horwedel, batting second, was on base three times and scored three runs for the Eagles, thanks to a pair of walks, and a successful bunt.
Horwedel, Haddlesey, Lehker, and senior Andrew Fisher, all stole bases for the Eagles, with Haddlesey swiping a pair.
Things were swimming along nicely in the night cap, with the Eagles up 10-0 in the third, when the wheels came off a bit and they gave up an eight-run inning in the fourth to make things a little dicey, before they regained their composure and escaped a tricky last inning to escape with a 10-8 win.
Darryn Davis got the win for the Eagles, pitching three innings of shutout ball with three K’s and one walk, before being relieved by Colton Guntzviller and senior Nate Lasinski, who earned the save.
Defensive lapses in the fourth inning let Monroe make a game out of it. After playing stellar defense in the first game, the Eagles committed a season-high six errors in the game. Monroe took full advantage of the defensive miscues to bat around and plate eight runs in the inning. In the bottom of the sixth (and last inning, due to lack of daylight) Monroe put their first two batters on base off Nate Lasinski with a pair of singles, but once again, the defense sharpened and turned a crucial double play behind Lasinksi, who struck out the final batter to nail down the win.
Despite the fourth inning lapse, the defense managed to turn two more double plays in the game. Offensively, the Eagles were lead by Jake Push, who went 3 for 3 at the plate with a double and a pair of RBI. Sean Haddlesey collected a pair of hits and drove in a pair of runs. Jack Winger was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI. Matt Bacon, Darryn Davis, Eamon Horwedel, and Andrew Fisher all collected hits as well. Davis, Lasinski, Bacon, Winger and Blake Mial all scored runs. Horwedel scored a pair of runs and had a stolen base.
The Eagles finish their three-game series with Monroe at Skyline on Wednesday at 4:30.