TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — It took a little while but the Eastern baseball team took care of business.
The Eagles trailed 1-0 through two innings of Saturday, but they rallied back to take an 11-1 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest South Gallia, in the sectional semifinal.
South Gallia (2-15, 0-15 TVC Hocking) got on the board in the top of the first when Gus Slone brought home T.G. Miller, who had singled earlier in the inning. The Eagles (9-10, 7-8) answered in the bottom of the third when Andrew Stobart and Tyler Morris scored on RBIs from Cameron Richmond and Christian Speelman.
The Green and Gold broke the game open in the fourth inning, scoring six runs on three hits and five walks, pushing the lead to 8-1. Stobart singled home Brandon Coleman in the fifth inning, while Matthew Durst brought home Speelman and Tyler Barber in the sixth to give EHS the 11-1 mercy rule victory.
Cameron Richmond earned the victory on the mound for EHS after allowing just one run on four hits, while striking out seven. Richmond didn’t walk a batter and didn’t allow a base runner over the final three innings.
Ethan Spurlock, who didn’t allow a hit until the third inning, suffered the loss after surrendering eight runs on three hits and eight walks in four innings. Spurlock struck out five in the setback. Cuyler Mills threw 1.1 innings in relief and allowed three runs on five hits, a walk and two hit batters.
Zack Scowden, Brandon Coleman and Matthew Durst led Eastern with two hits each, while Tyler Barber and Andrew Stobart each added one. Scowden, Durst, Stobart and Christian Speelman each had two runs batted in, followed by Tyler Morris with one. Barber, Stobart, Coleman and Tyler Morris each scored twice, while Durst, Speelman and Scowden each scored one. Richmond finished with a game-high two stolen bases in the win.
South Gallia was led by senior T.G. Miller with two hits, followed by Logan Waugh and Ethan Spurlock with one each. Miller scored the lone run for SGHS, while Gus Slone had the Rebels’ only RBI. Miller and Spurlock each stole a base in the setback.
The Eagles finished with 11 runs, eight hits and no errors, while SGHS had one run, four hits and one error.
Eastern advances to the sectional final on Tuesday evening, where the Eagles will travel to face top-seeded Trimble in Glouster. The Eagles defeated the Tomcats 4-3 on May 7, in Tuppers Plains, while THS took a 9-2 victory over the Green and Gold on April 16, in Athens County. EHS has won five of its last six games and three straight.
South Gallia also lost to Eastern on April 14 in Tupper Plains by a 14-5 count. Both teams have one regular season makeup game remaining on the schedule.