MERCERVILLE, Ohio — Even in “MercerVegas”, there was simply no stopping the Eastern Eagles’ hot streak on Thursday.
That’s because the undefeated Eagles kept on winning, rolling the host South Gallia Rebels 25-2 in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division baseball game.
The Eagles are now 3-0 — both overall and in the TVC-Hocking.
The Rebels are now 0-3 — both overall and in the league.
Eastern opened the season on Tuesday, turning aside the Southern Tornadoes 11-3, as the Eagles then ventured to Miller on Wednesday — and won 13-2.
Thursday’s contest was called following the fifth inning with the 10-run mercy-rule.
The Eagles took advantage of numerous Rebel errors and free passes, including several walks and hit batsmen.
They scored five runs in each of the opening two innings, tacked on two more in the third, then erupted for eight in the fourth frame followed finally by five in the fifth.
Speaking of five, five Eastern pitchers combined to toss a two-hitter, although the two Rebel runs in the fifth were the result of four walks and the Eagles’ only error.
Brewer started and pitched the first two innings, striking out two and allowing only one hit as he faced seven Rebels.
After a 1-2-3 opening inning, South Gallia’s Austin Stapleton singled to lead off the second, but Jacob Brumfield hit into a 4-6 fielder’s choice.
Owen Arix worked the third and struck out the side 1-2-3, then Jesse Morris threw the fourth with two strikeouts.
Cory Bryan led off with a single, but Brandon Rutt hit into a 1-4 fielder’s choice.
Rutt stole second and third, but was left stranded there.
In the fifth, Reagan Rucker started the inning for Eastern, but walked Izak Luther and Wade Luther, sandwiched around his two strikeouts.
Colton Coughenour walked to load the bases, and an error off Bryan’s bat allowed Izak Luther to score to avert the shutout.
Rucker then walked Rutt, allowing Wade Luther to cross home for the second run.
Chase Curtis came in from centerfield to relieve Rucker, and struck Stapleton out to end the game.
Eastern hosted Waterford Friday for another TVC-Hocking tilt, then traveled to fellow undefeated Meigs for a non-league doubleheader on Saturday.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106