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Eagles wallop Tigers with 12-run inning

Eagles wallop Tigers with 12-run inning
Eagles wallop Tigers with 12-run inning
Noah Jones reaches first base after a bunt Thursday for the Eagles. Lanesville won easily, 22-4. Photo by Brian Smith

The visiting team on the scoreboard may have lit up 22 runs at Ed Jaegers Memorial Field Thursday, but it was the hometown Eagles prompting the busy operator to keep adding to the total.
Heavy rains in the days prior to the final Southern Athletic Conference game for Crothersville and Lanesville prompted the shift in venues from the home of the Tigers to Lanesville.
Never mind technically being the ‘visitors’ on the scoreboard, Lanesville broke out for a 12-run third inning to quickly erase a 3-0 deficit. The runners crossing the dish continued, leaving a 22-4 final score, earning Lanesville a share of the Southern Athletic Conference title for the second consecutive season.
‘It’s nice to have something positive happen for our kids because we have been so up and down,’ Lanesville coach Zach Payne said. ‘We struggled to start the season then, all of a sudden, we won five in a row. When the rain came, our kids weren’t mentally ready for that. Playing once, maybe twice a week is tough on our guys. It’s the same for everyone.’
Despite the annoying inconsistent weather, the Eagles can look back on 2016 as a conference champion season. Borden and Henryville sit at one loss each along with Lanesville. The Hornets, however, have yet to play South Central.
It took a few innings for Lanesville to get the bulbs in the scoreboard to change. Crothersville managed to put together three runs in the opening inning off one hit. The Tigers drew three walks and reached on an infield error to set up the runs. Trevor Peters, who went 2 for 3, drove in a run during the frame.
‘Give Crothersville credit; they came out ready to play and scored runs. They weren’t going to hand us the win,’ Payne said.
Come the third inning, Lanesville started to go once the top of the order batted for a second time. Many of those at the top eventually batted twice in the lopsided third inning.
Greg Daly and Brenden Bube reached with singles and swiped two bases each. Evan Peele drove home a run via sacrifice fly to make the game 3-3 with two outs.
Being one out away didn’t slow the Lanesville offense. Noah Jones reached by a bunt single. Jon Will plated two with a shot to center. Up again, Bube picked up two RBIs pulling a ball to left field.
Mitchell Bailey joined the RBI party with a single to center. Cam Harvey brought an energized dugout to home plate with his shot to right center. Clearing the bases, Crothersville misplayed the relay throw in, allowing Harvey to circle the bags and get mobbed by teammates.
‘Our big thing is energy level,’ Payne said. ‘They are a quiet bunch, but the games we’ve played well it all started with energy in the dugout before and during the game, playing loose. When we struggled for a bit, we didn’t have the energy. It plays into playing well.’
Crothersville induced a pop up to end the inning after 15 batters stepped in the box with the Eagles up 12-3.
After a rocky first inning on the hill, Daly settled in for Lanesville. During the second through fourth innings, Daly struck out seven batters. He gave up one more hit, a double to Peters.
Lanesville added three runs in the fourth; the first run scored on a Lucas Timberlake double. Will and Ryan McCubbins also had RBI hits.
The fifth inning saw 12 batters for Lanesville see pitches. Tommy Tidstrom and Ethan Purdy had doubles to start, along with an infield single by Logan Sutherland.
Batting around, Sutherland added a double later in the frame.
Will finished the game 3 for 4, while Bube (2 for 3), Tidstrom (2 for 2) and Sutherland (2 for 2) each had a multi-hit game.
Daly pitched four innings to earn the win, while Noah Campbell recorded the final three outs.
Crothersville’s defense didn’t help losing pitcher Codi McDonald much, committing eight errors.
Payne said his team hasn’t played a consistent schedule due to weather but recently played elites of the area Silver Creek (May 11, 4-1 loss) and New Albany (May 18, 9-2 loss).
‘It was 3-2 in the fifth inning against New Albany before we gave up a few two-out runs,’ Payne said. ‘I think the kids realized that game, along with the Silver Creek game when we were right in there, that we can stick with anybody. Today, with the slow start, they may have been thinking about that New Albany game a little bit.’
Lanesville will open the Class 1A Lanesville Sectional on Saturday when the Eagles play Christian Academy of Indiana at 11 a.m.

Lanesville 00(12) 37 ‘ 22 16 3
Crothersville 300 01 ‘ 4 2 8
W ‘ Daly, L ‘ McDonald.
2B ‘ Timberlake (L), Tidstrom (L), Purdy (L), Sutherland (L), Peters (C); 3B ‘ Harvey (L).