After one day off the Eagles took to the field on the first day of May in cold, blustery conditions. Periodic rain, and winds gusting to 30 mph made for an interesting day, as junior Jack Winger took to the bump in game one to take on the #7 ranked team in the state, the Bedford Kicking Mules, and their hard-throwing (92 mph) 6’5” righty Joey Wiemer, who had pro scouts from the Cubs, Tigers, and Reds in attendance.
What the scouts saw, however, was Jack Winger no-hitting Bedford through the first three innings of play, and Skyline scrapping together enough offense to take a 1-0 lead over the Mules. Things changed in the fourth inning, when the weather worsened, and Bedford’s large, lefty-laden lineup began taking advantage of the 25 mph tail wind to right field.
After plating a pair of runs in the fourth inning, Bedford broke the game open with a pair of back-to-back bombs in the fifth, before tacking on another homer in the sixth. A brief rain delay gave the Eagles hope that Wiemer might be done for the day, but he came back out to finish the game, a 9-1 win for Bedford.
For the game, Skyline managed only a trio of hits off the big righty – singles by Matt Bacon and Andrew Fisher, and a double by Darryn Davis. Winger pitched six strong innings for Skyline, giving up five runs (four earned) to keep it close, with two K’s and two walks.
In the second game, temps dropped into the 40’s and the wind got even stronger, but it didn’t keep Skyline from jumping out early to take a 2-0 lead after two innings, and a 7-2 lead after three. But Bedford clawed its way back when Skyline starter Darryn Davis left the game with a shoulder injury in the fourth, scoring two in the fourth and two in the fifth, to make it a one run game The Eagles answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth, before hanging on to get a 9-8 win as darkness fell to end the game after six innings.
Davis went 3 2/3 innings before leaving with the injury, giving up four earned runs on five hits, while striking out a pair and walking one. Junior pitcher Nate Lasinski took over for Davis, giving up a pair of earned runs in 2/3 of an inning, before giving way to Eamon Horwedel, who retired the last five batters, four by K, to earn the save.
At the plate, the Eagles were lead by multiple hit games by Sean Haddlesey (two hits, including a double and three RBI), Horwedel (three hits and a RBI), Jack Lehker (two hits, three runs and a RBI). Jack Winger, Lasinski, Blake Mial and Jake Push also knocked in runs for the Eagles.
Skyline plays the rubber game in their three-game series Wednesday in Bedford.