Baseball News & Highlights
March 04, 2013
Late Rally Undoes Eagles
Manchester opened the season in the conversation for national rankings in a variety of polls, and they have done nothing to this point to remove themselves from that conversation. Playing in their third day in Myrtle Beach the Spartans entered this morning's game with 43 runs scored and four wins.
Eastern starter Lucas Bremmerman kept the Manchester offense to only one hit per inning in the first three, but the side from Indiana took advantage of a couple hit batsmen and a walk to build a 3-0 lead through four innings. The offense did not scratch out a run through four innings, but that was in part to a couple outstanding defensive efforts from the Spartans. Spartan rightfielder Bryce Murphy went over the fence with a foul ball to put out Ryan McMenamin in the third, and center fielder Austin Rieke threw out Tyler Orr trying to score on a long fly ball in the fourth. Orr had doubled and advanced to third on a passed ball.
The Eastern offense came to life in the fifth. After Marcus Sistrun walked, Brendan Spall tripled to left center. After Angelo Kelly beat out a high chopper to short, Schwartzer cracked a sharp single to left to bring the Eagles within one. After Greg DeSarro walked, Joe Grato singled to drive in one run and a fourth run then scored on a wild pitch to put the Eagles up 4-3.
The Spartans grabbed the lead back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, but the Eagles responded with a two-out rally to start the sixth. McMenamin beat out a ground ball to first, and then Kelly reached on error. While the play was correctly ruled an error, Kelly's quickness and hustle made the play much tougher. The two Eastern baserunners then moved into scoring position with a double steal.
Schwartzer fell behind in the count, but the junior captain shortened up and slapped a single to right to plate the pair and put the Eagles up 6-5. Greg DeSarro walked to keep the inning going before Grato grounded out.
The Spartan offense took advantage of a pair of walks and a hit batsmen to plate five runs on three hits in the bottom of the 6th to grab a 10-6 lead.
After getting out of the sixth, Jordan Miller pitched a scoreless seventh with some help from a stellar bare-handed play from Schwartzer on a slow chopper. Anthony Messina struck out the side in the eighth to keep the Eagles within five going to the last inning.
The Eagles loaded the bases with no one out, but the Spartans brought Bryce Murphy in from right field to close the game. Murphy's array of off-speed pitches proved to be enough to keep the Eagles from bringing the tying run to the plate.
Eastern is back in action tomorrow evening at the Ripkin Experience with a 6 pm game against PSU-Harrisburg.
Updated: Tuesday, 05 March 2013