"We hit the ball well as a team," said Pierce City Head Coach Darin Henderson. "We put the ball in play and competed really hard all game. We just made too many defensive mistakes to win the game."
The Eagles tallied single runs in each of the first three innings. Jasper roared back with four runs in the third and three runs in the sixth to take a 7-3 lead.
Pierce City clawed back into the game, exploding for six runs in the bottom of the sixth but Jasper would force extra innings.
"We had the tying run thrown out at third trying to tag up on a fly ball to center in the bottom of the eighth," said Henderson. "You never want to run into an out, especially one that ends the game. I think we have started to figure things out, and we look forward to our next game."
Pierce City vs. College Heights
The Pierce City Eagles baseball team received a much needed shot of confidence on Monday with a 9-6 victory over College Heights.
"We were able to hit the ball today," said Henderson. "This was a great win for us. We put the ball in play and good things happened."
The Eagles drew first blood when Garren Cantrell hit a towering solo home run that cleared the centerfield fence by 40 feet. Pierce City added to its lead with four runs in the bottom of the third.
The Cougars wouldn't go without a fight. They scored one run in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth to cut the Eagles' lead to 6-5.
"We knew they were going to make a run at us," said Henderson. "We needed to have a good outing from Wayne Joe (Sooter) on the mound, and he delivered. He was able to overcome a couple of rocky moments, but he persevered."
Sooter threw seven innings. He allowed four hits and struck out nine,
"We have four games in five day this week," said Henderson. "Pitching a complete game was huge."
The Eagles used clutch hitting in the bottom of the sixth to extend their advantage.
With two outs, Robert Baldwin singled then Mitchell Gibson doubled, scoring Baldwin. Gavin Bremer doubled to score Gibson. Cantrell then doubled to bring Bremer across the plate.
"Two-out hits win games," said Henderson. "Today was proof positive of that theory."
"It made my job a lot easier in the seventh," added Sooter. "The four-run lead gave me a boost of energy, and I was ready to go."
The Eagles will be in action on Thursday hosting Dadeville. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.