TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — There’s no better way to start the weekend than with a convincing win.
The Eastern baseball team claimed a 10-0 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Federal Hocking, in six innings on Friday night in Meigs County.
The Eagles (5-4, 4-2 TVC Hocking) scored two runs without the benefit of a hit in the opening inning, but the Green and Gold were held scoreless in the second frame.
Eastern — which was 0-6 from the plate in the first two innings — broke the game opening with five runs on four hits and four free pass in the third inning.
EHS pushed another run across in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Kaleb Hill doubled home Chase Curtis.
EHS was held scoreless again in the fifth frame, but scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to cap off the 10-0 mercy rule victory.
Austin Coleman earned the pitching victory for the Green and Gold, striking out eight, while surrendering one hit and two walks in four shutout innings. Josh Brewer pitched the final two frames, striking out three and giving up one hit. Dillon Wilfong suffered the setback on the mound for Federal Hocking (0-9, 0-7).
Hill led the Green and Gold at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one double, one single, one run scored and two RBI. Cameron Richmond doubled once, scored twice and drove in one run, Coleman and Brewer both singled once and scored once, while Reagan Rucker and Mac Browning both singled once and drove in one run.
Nate Durst drove in two runs in the win, Owen Arix scored twice, while Curtis, Ryan Harbour and Ryan Lauer each scored once.
Douglas and Reed both singled to lead the Lancers at the plate. The Federal Hocking defense committed the game’s only error.
EHS will try to sweep the Maroon and Gold on April 26, when these teams meet in Stewart.
The Eagles are scheduled to resume league play on Monday, when Trimble visits Tuppers Plains.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.