EUREKA – Outside of an apocalypse, there was no way Eureka was going to drop the final baseball game in the prep careers of seven seniors. For the second straight season, the Hornets hit the 20-run barrier on Lexington, as they defeated the Heart of Illinois Conference guest Minutemen 21-0 on May 10 at the middle school. The 10-run rule went into effect when the top of the fifth inning was completed.
Eureka (24-7, 9-2) batted around in the second, third and fourth where they scored five, six and 10 runs, respectively. Zac Messer contributed a two-run single in the second and a two-run double in the third. Matt Martin got into the act with a two-run single in the third, while Brady Krile plated a pair with a double to center field in the fourth.
Krile was one of the seniors to suit up at the middle school for the final time along with Adam Anderson, Austin Davis, Daniel Frank, Dustin Kennell, Aaron Schwab and Keegan Zimmerman.
“It’s a good one to go out on,” stated Hornets’ coach Dane Wear. “It’s a tough one when you lose anybody, but a group like this the last three or four years, it’s kind of like family. They’re going to play on the next level, so they’re not done.”
Eureka ratted out 13 hits, led by three from Krile. Davis, Martin, Messer, Schwab and Zimmerman added two apiece.
“Our bats came to life,” Wear said. “We’re still waiting for that one time where we come out and hit like we’re capable of.”
Krile (10-0) tossed a no-hitter. Lexington (5-13, 3-7) only saw two baserunners reach on a walk and an error. The Missouri-St. Louis recruit struck out 10, as he has now fanned 87 over 50 innings, which averages out to 15.7 per seven.
According to Wear, his ace shook off some of the emotions at the outset.
“He was emotional starting out and all the seniors were,” he explained. “The first inning was not your typical Brady. He got stronger in the second. He picked it up in the second.”
Krile, who only threw 56 pitches, tossed 14 first pitch strikes out of the 17 batters he faced.
Lexington’s Peyton Larson suffered the defeat, as he allowed 11 runs (seven earned) on nine hits over two and two-thirds. Minutemen pitching issued 11 walks and hit two others, while their defense was guilty of five errors.