One inning came back to haunt the Eagles in their game two match-up against Greenville St. Joe on Saturday. Leading 3-0 thanks to back-to-back home runs from Hunter McQuary and Taylor English in the fourth inning, West Union allowed four runs off four hits in the fifth, falling 4-3 to even the series.
“We took the lead there and you like to go out and shut the door,” Eagles head coach Ashley Russell said. “I thought Taylor (English) did a great job. We had a couple of bad luck infield hits and then they hit a couple of balls hard. That’s just baseball. For him to only give up four runs, I thought Taylor did a great job.”
In the fifth for the Irish, Zach Huston and Terry Bailey reached base off singles and Brandon McTeer plated both with his double. Jacob Reifers followed that with a two-run home run, giving St. Joe the lead after they watched the big inning for the Eagles.
West Union only had one hit early in the game until Drew Garrett opened the fourth with his single. McQuary plated Garrett during the next at bat and English added to that shortly after. Tyler Wooley gave the Eagles a chance in the seventh, leading off with a single and Garrett later reached after he was hit by Irish pitcher, Day Day Jackson. Jackson closed the game with a strike out and fly out to center and finished with 11 strikeouts.
“Their pitcher did a great job mixing his pitches up really well,” Ashley said. “We couldn’t set on any one pitch because he mixed it up and threw for strikes and kept us off balance.”
English struck out eight and allowed seven hits in the loss. Looking ahead to game three on Monday, Ashley is going to utilize all of his pitching options.
“We’re probably going to start Will (Basil). He hasn’t thrown on two days rest all year, but we’re going to go with him as far as he’ll go, and Taylor may throw some as well as Joey and Drew. Everyone is an option for game three,” he said.
Game three is set for 5 p.m. in Greenville.