Eagles get win over Central
By Tommy Keeler Jr.
BERRYVILLE — Clarke County has struggled putting runs together at times this season, but on Wednesday the Eagles bunched them up.
The Eagles used back-to-back four-run innings to pull out a 10-4 Bull Run District baseball victory over Central.
“It was definitely a good game for us,” Clarke County assistant coach Matt Ernst said. “Ten runs is a lot for us. This was one of those games where we came out early and just stayed on top of them.”
Ernst was filling in for head coach Jon Novick, whose wife just gave birth to their child a few days ago.
The Falcons took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first off Clarke County starter Kevin Ryan. Zach Herbaugh singled and eventually scored on a Hayden Basuerman single.
The Eagles tied the game in the bottom of the second, and then scored four runs in the third and in the fourth to take a 9-2 lead.
“We just couldn’t keep up with them in the scoring column,” Central coach Donn Foltz said. “Things snowballed a little bit. We didn’t play up to our full capacity.”
Ryan pitched five strong innings for the Eagles to pick up the win.
“”Kevin Ryan did a fantastic job coming in throwing,” Ernst said.
The Eagles backed him up with only one error and pounded out 13 hits on five different Central pitchers.
Alex Dobry went 4-for-4 to lead the Eagles. Jordon Turner, Jarrett Sowder and Connor Ligget each had two hits for the Eagles (9-9).
Ernst said he thinks the Eagles will play at Page County in the Conference 35 quarterfinals next Monday. Either way he’s happy with how the team is playing.
“I haven’t seen Page play or heard too much about them, but hopefully if the guys keep playing like we are now, we’ll be pretty good going into conference play,” Ernst said.
Clarke County hosts Strasburg today in the regular season finale for both teams.
Central had 10 hits, and was led by Jordan Rau and Herbaugh with two hits each. Bauserman had two RBIs, and Zach Hamman went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
The Falcons (9-10) play host to Warren County today in the regular season finale for both squads. Central could be hosting a game on Monday with a win, and Foltz said his team needs to play better next week in the Conference 28 tournament.
“[Monday] starts a whole new season,” Foltz said. “I’ve told them all year if we play to our capabilities we can play with anybody. So, we’ll just see if they show up and do their jobs.”
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