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Pierce City opens season with wins

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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Hit this. Michael Vincent throws out the first pitch of Pierce City's victory over Exeter on Monday. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Pierce City Eagles baseball team opened the 2012 season with back-to-back victories.

On Monday, the Eagles routed Exeter 24-0 and then defeated Sarcoxie 9-5 Tuesday night.

"We're a young team and getting two victories to start our season is huge," said Pierce City coach Darin Henderson. "We know we have room to improve. We just need to put in the work."

Against Sarcoxie, the Eagles needed a team effort to secure the victory.

After playing two scoreless innings, Pierce City broke into the scoring column in the bottom of the third with five runs.

Ian Brottlund led off the inning with a single to center field, Colton Drollinger then walked, and Colin Garner reached on an error trying to move the runners over with a bunt. The Sarcoxie mistake proved costly when Kole Kelley belted a double to collect three RBI. Garron Cantrell reached on another Bears' error that scored Kelley and then scored on a passed ball.

"We are swinging the bat really well," said Henderson. "It is a good sign when you are hitting the ball this early in the season."

The Eagles used defense to bail themselves out of jams in the fourth and fifth innings.

Pierce City's starting pitcher Bo Vincent allowed the first two runner to reach in the fourth inning before getting out of the inning by only allowing one run.

In the fifth, Drollinger completed a rare eight to three double play when he caught a flyball on the dead run and threw to first to record the out and end the Bears' scoring threat.

Vincent pitched six innings, allowed two earned runs on three hits and struck out six to earn the victory.

Mikey Adams added two RBI, and Darren Cox had one RBI for the Eagles.

"Tonight was a team win," said Henderson. "We struggled to make the last out in the seventh, but we hung tough as a team."

Exeter

The only thing better than the weather was the performance by Pierce City during a lopsided 24-0 victory over Exeter on Monday.Everything went the Eagles' direction in the first three innings.

Before the Tigers could collect the first nine outs of the game, the Eagles' hitters racked up 22 runs on 13 hits and took advantage of 13 Exeter errors.

"Pierce City was not a 24-run more talented team than us," said Exeter coach Jay Allen. "They were more focused, fundamentally sound and prepared to play this game. We will be working really hard on the fundamentals in practice the next few days."

The Eagles struck early and often against Exeter, scoring five runs in the first, 13 runs in the second, four runs in the third and two runs in the sixth.

"We came out of the gate ready to play," said Henderson. "I loved our intensity and the effort our team had."

Cantrell had an unbelievable day at the plate for the Eagles. He went three for four at the plate with two doubles, a two-run home run ,five RBI and four runs scored.

The Eagles will play Clever at home next Thursday.



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