EUREKA - After squandering two opportunities with the bases loaded, the host Hornets cashed in on a third in an 8-7 Heart of Illinois Conference win over Fieldcrest Thursday at the middle school.
Eureka (10-2, 3-1) put the first three runs on in the bottom of the seventh inning. Following a strikeout and infield pop up, Austin Davis drew a four-pitch bases on balls to force in the winning run.
The Hornets received a superb pitching outing from junior Aaron Schwab, who tossed six shutout innings. He permitted just two baserunners, both singles, and fanned a career-high 13.
Unfortunately, circumstances prevented him for going for a complete game.
“With the pitch count, if he went over 75, he would not be able to come back Monday against Dee Mack,” stated Eureka coach Dane Wear. “He’s been good all year. He’s been the guy we go to in tight situations. He’s throwing very well.”
The Knights (4-4, 2-2) did all of its damage in the top of the seventh, as they scored seven in the frame, highlighted by two-run singles from Ryan Naas and Koy Allen.
Fieldcrest was able to overcome any lingering hangover from a 16-2 HOIC loss the day before at Heyworth.
“When you have young kids, you never know,” Fieldcrest coach Mark Brown said. “It’d be nice to put pressure on in the first inning than the seventh. I’m proud of our kids. They do not quit. The biggest thing is you cannot count them out.”
Adam Anderson had three of the hosts' 12 hits, while the Knights recorded five of their seven hits in the seventh.
Notes: Schwab threw 72 pitches, 56 of which were in the strike zone. The lone walk by Fieldcrest pitching came to Davis.
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