2017-04-21 / Sports

Eagles clip B-C

The Airport Eagles parlayed a five-run sixth inning into an 8-5 win over the Brookland-Cayce Bearcats Monday, April 17.

“One of the biggest things I’m impressed with was we fell down 3-0 early and just kept our composure,” Airport head coach Tim Perry said. “The one thing this team has gotten better at throughout the year is handling adversity, and I thought tonight we did a great job of handling adversity. ”

The up-and-down affair began on the upswing for Brookland- Cayce in the top of the first inning. Reid Charpia led the game with a walk, which was followed by a single from Chandler Cox. A ground out by Hunter Huggins moved the runners to second and third. Following a strikeout, Blair Price blasted a triple, scoring Charpia and Cox and giving Brookland-Cayce a 2-0 lead.

The Bearcats added a run in the top of the second when Jonathan Teeter scored on a throwing error making the score 3-0.

The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth. The Eagles had opportunities in previous innings to put some runs on the board, including having the bases loaded in the prior inning but were unable to get a run across.

Airport began the fifth with a triple by Brandon Caughman, who later scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Later in the inning, Airport again had the bases loaded, and this time the Eagles were able to get something out of it. A walk to Sam LaFrage scored Justin Allen, bringing the Eagles to within one run. One batter later, Dylan Brazell scored the tying run after another wild pitch.

The Bearcats responded in the top of the sixth. After two groundouts, Teeter gave Brookland- Cayce a baserunner with a single. He later scored on a triple by Garrett Drew, giving the Bearcats a 4-3 lead. Drew reached home when Charpia hit a single, increasing Brookland- Cayce’s lead to 5-3.

Airport fought back in the bottom of the sixth. Tyler Corbitt led the inning off with a single. A double by Caughman drove home Corbitt, again making it a one run game. After a fly-out, Allen singled, bringing in Brett Davila, who was pinch running for Caughman to tie the score at 5-5.

Brazell was the next batter up and tripled, scoring Allen to give the Eagles a 6-5 lead.

Two batters later, LaFrage singled, driving in Brazell and putting Airport up 7-5.

The last run of the game came when a balk on Brookland-Cayce allowed Cam Beckham to come home, and the Eagles lead grew to 8-5.

LaFrage, who came in the middle of the fifth inning in relief of starter Bryant Lowery, closed the door on Brookland-Cayce in the top of the seventh, forcing two ground outs and a fly out to end the game.

Lowery pitched four and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs and two hits. He struck out one batter. LaFrage, along with throwing two and a third innings, got it done at the plate as well. He went 1-for- 2 with two RBIs. Caughman went 2-for-3 with one RBI, and Allen hit 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Sox picked up the loss. He threw four and a third innings, giving up three runs and two hits. He struck out five batters. Blair Price went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Charpia went 2-for-3 with one RBI, and Drew batted 1-for 2 with an RBI.

“I can’t say enough about this club; they fight to the last out,” Perry said. “Sam LaFrage did a great job of coming in and pounding the strike zone when we needed a strike thrower to come in and keep us in the game.”

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