TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Lightning does strike the same place twice.
For the second time in 24 hours, the Eastern baseball team knocked off a first-place team in the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division following an 8-5 victory over visiting Wahama Thursday night in Meigs County.
The host Eagles (7-10, 6-8 TVC Hocking) picked up their fourth win in five games and also salvaged a season split against the White Falcons, whom they dropped a 9-1 decision to at WHS back on April 7. EHS also defeated league-leading Trimble by a 4-3 count at home Wednesday night, which moved Wahama into a tie with THS in the standings.
The White Falcons (13-9, 11-3) — who now trail Trimble by one game — jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after an inning of play and was ahead 5-0 after the top of the third, but EHS retaliated with eight consecutive runs to rally back for the three-run decision.
Eastern plated three runs in the third to pull to within 5-3, then sent eight batters to the plate in the fourth — which resulted in four runs on five hits. Christian Speelman broke a five-all tie with a two-out single that plated both Zack Scowden and Cameron Richmond, giving the hosts a 7-5 lead after four complete.
The Eagles tacked on the final run of the game in the fifth after Brandon Coleman both reached and scored on separate WHS errors.
Wahama outhit the Eagles by a 10-9 overall margin and left eight runners stranded on base, compared to just four left on the bags by EHS. Both teams also committed four errors apiece in the contest.
Coleman was the winning pitcher of record after allowing four earned runs and two walks over seven innings while striking out three. Garrett Miller suffered the loss after surrendering seven runs (six earned) and two walks over 3.2 frames while fanning three.
Richmond led the Eagles with three hits and three RBIs, while Scowden, Speelman, Matthew Durst, Jesse Morris, Andrew Stobart and Tyler Morris added a safety each to the winning cause. Speelman chipped in two RBIs, while both Scowden and Tyler Morris scored twice for Eastern.
Hunter Bradley and Brent Larck paced Wahama with three hits apiece, followed by Wyatt Zuspan, Wesley Harrison, Demetrius Serevicz and Tyler Grimm with a safety each.