After splitting the first two games of their three game series against conference foe, the Kicking Mules of Bedford High School, Skyline’s varsity baseball team made the long trek to Temperance to see if they could take the rubber game in the series.
Eamon Horwedel started on the mound for the Eagles after earning a save in game two of the series. The junior hurler was afforded a two-run cushion after the top half of the first inning, thanks to three hits in the inning (Horwedel, Darryn Davis and Matt Bacon) and a costly throwing error by Bedford. The Mules scratched out a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to a pair of Skyline defensive miscues, but that would be all they would get the rest of the way. Skyline added a few insurance runs before the game was over to post a 4-1 win, and take the series.
Horwedel went the distance for the Eagles, allowing three hits, one unearned run, while striking out nine and walking none. Defensively, the Eagles committed four errors, but none proved costly, and Blake Mial’s unassisted double play helped erase a potential threat in the sixth inning.
At the plate, the Eagles collected seven hits, including a two-hit game by Darryn Davis who had the only extra base hit of the game with a fourth inning double. The other Skyline players with hits were Horwedel, Bacon, Mial, Jack Winger and Jack Lehker. Bacon, Sean Haddlesey, and Jake Push all drove in runs for the Eagles.
On the base paths, the Eagles managed to swipe eight bags, but despite their aggressive base running, and several scoring chances, they were never able to break the game open, stranding a season-high 11 men on base in the contest.
The Eagles now are 10-7 overall, and 8-2 in conference play. They are slated to take on Walled Lake High School at home Saturday at 10 am in a twin bill, before returning to conference play against cross-town rival Pioneer High School for a doubleheader Monday (4 pm) at Pioneer. They return home to finish their three game series against Pioneer with a single game Wednesday afternoon at 4:30.