HAMILTON, IN – The North Central Eagles traveled to Hamilton to battle the Marines on Saturday, April 6. The Eagles took some time to thaw in the bitter morning air dropping the first contest 7-5, but warmed up to take the nightcap 8-2.
The Eagles were only able to collect five hits in the opener, and were unable to overcome a four run fourth inning by the Marines.
Ryan Bethel started for North Central lasting 3 2/3 innings and absorbed the loss allowing six runs, six hits, fanned four, walked five, and hit one batter. Dylan Hutchison closed out the contest surrendering one run on three hits, one strikeout, and three bases on balls.
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Colton Pilmore drove in three runners with a single, while Alex Proper singled in one run. Gage Fee, Clayton Ferguson and Josh Sawyer also had one-baggers.
Runs / Hits / Errors
Hamilton 7 – 9 – 3
North Central 5 – 5 – 1
The Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back to collect the “W” in the nightcap. Jalen Dancer went the distance on the mound for North Central to pick up the victory. Dancer allowed two runs on four hits, sent six back to the dugout on strikes, and plunked a pair of batters.
Sawyer led the charge with a triple, a pair of singles, and an RBI, while Dancer helped the cause with three safeties. Pilmore singled twice and drove home one, with Bethel driving in two teammates with a base hit. Ferguson and Hutchison singled, while Proper, Kole Peterson, and Jordan Reeves each collected and RBI.
With the split the Eagles improve to 1-3 on the season.
Runs / Hits / Errors
North Central 8 – 11 – 2
Hamilton 2 – 4 – 1
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