HEMLOCK, Ohio — A trio of four-run outbursts between the third and fifth frames propelled Eastern to a 13-2 victory over host Miller Wednesday night during a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division baseball contest in Perry County.
The Eagles (2-0, 2-0 TVC Hocking) mustered only one hit and an unearned run through two innings of play, but the guests erupted for a dozen runs and 11 hits over the next three innings — which provided more than enough offensive support for starter Ethen Richmond.
Richmond allowed only one earned run and four hits over his five innings on the mound, walking one and striking out four in the process.
The Falcons (1-1, 1-1) produced their only scores when McKinniss singled home Bartley in the third and Brown singled home Newman in the fourth, making it a 9-2 contest through four complete.
EHS produced six straight singles in the top of the fifth, which led to four runs and a 13-2 cushion. Miller came up with a hit in its half of the fifth, but ultmately sent only the minimum three batters went to the plate.
The Eagles outhit the hosts by a 12-4 overall margin and also committed three of the five errors in the contest. Both teams also stranded six runners on base in the contest.
Owen Arix and Cameron Richmond paced EHS with three hits and three runs scored apiece, followed by Austin Coleman with two safeties and three runs scored.
Ethen Richmond and Jesse Morris both had two RBIs, scored twice and added a safety apiece in the triumph. Josh Brewer and Garrett Chalfant also had a hit each for Eastern.
Newman took the loss for Miller after surrendering 13 runs, 12 hits and a walk over five innings while fanning eight.
Bartley led MHS with two hits, while McKinniss and Brown added the other two safeties.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.