With an emphatic 19-1 game, the Eminence Warriors earned their first win of the season over Evangel Christian.
Austin Jones gave up only two hits, struck out 13 batters, walked none and hit one batter in going the distance for the Warriors.
Eminence scored three runs in the first. Jones was hit by a pitch, Mack McKee singled, Cole Lawson was hit by a pitch, Austin Perry hit into an RBI force play at second and Travis Bell walked to do the damage for the Warriors.
The Warriors took advantage of Eagles’ mistakes for six runs in the second. Jones, Trevor Payton and Ryan Gay hit in the inning while several Warriors reached via walks and errors.
The Warriors scored eight runs in the third as they sent 13 batters to the plate. Payton got two more hits in the inning.
The Warriors added two more in the fourth. Gay and Jones had RBI hits in the inning.
Evangel broke through for their only run in the fifth and the game ended on the 10-run rule.
Coach LeRoy Dunn was happy for the team. “We had great pitching from Austin Jones,” he said. “He pitched all five innings which is the longest of any pitcher all year. Our defense made plays and got outs when we needed it. Our guys enjoyed themselves on the baseball field for the first time all year and they needed that.”
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The Panthers started slow scoring one run in the first inning, and five in the second but erupted for 17 runs in the third. The Panthers pounded out 21 hits and benefited from four Warrior errors.
The Warriors got their lone run in the fifth when Travis bell led off with a single, stole second and scored on a Cameron Mathis two-out RBI double.
“I like how Cameron Mathis came out pitching,” Dunn said. “The only real mistake he had before he got frustrated with the defense behind him was that he missed his spot and left the ball in the middle of the plate. Our pitching is getting better and better. That has to be the biggest improvement of the year so far.”