Lady Eagles sweep Round Robin, lose in extra innings to Vandalia

The St. Elmo/Brownstown Lady Eagles went 2-1 this past week as their bats were working overtime, scoring a total of 40 runs across their three games.

They kicked off the offensive explosion last Saturday when they played in a round robin with Martinsville and Alden-Hebron. The Eagles won both contests, knocking off Alden-Hebron 12-2 and Martinsville 15-0.

In the first game, SEB jumped out to an early lead, picking up four runs in the top of the first inning. They tacked on three more in both the second and third innings to hold an early 10-1 lead. They would add two more runs in the fifth inning. Alden-Hebron scored one in the second and one in the fourth.

On the mound, Natalie Oberlink earned the win, tossing five innings and allowing just two hits against. She walked two batters while striking out seven. Oberlink gave up two runs, but only one was earned.

At the plate, Morgan Brown led the way, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, three RBIs and scored twice. Oberlink went 2-for-2 with a triple and an RBI while scoring three times. Sydney Moss picked up three base hits and had two RBIs. Mackenzie Parkison and Tessa Philpot both had two hits and scored three times each with Philpot knocking in two runs. Avery Scholes and Cassidy Moss both recorded base hits.

In the second game of the round robin, SEB whooped Martinsville 15-0 as Marlee Nolen tossed a shutout on the mound.

The Eagles scored nine times in the bottom of the first inning. They picked up another run in the second and then four in the third. The girls scored one more in the fourth.

Nolen earned the win, throwing four shutout innings. She allowed just one hit and walked four while striking out four batters.

At the plate, Brown had another huge game, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBIs, and scored twice. Sydney Moss had three base hits and three RBIs. Philpot had two more hits and a pair of RBIs along with two runs scored. Katelyn Maxey scored three times and had a base hit while Parkison went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Cassidy Moss went 2-for-2 with a run scored and Maddie Stonum went 1-for-1 with two RBIs. Nolen scored three times and had a base hit. Audrey Reynolds and Courtney Russell both had a base hit and an RBI.

The Eagles returned home on Tuesday and continued their offensive excellence when they hosted Vandalia. With both teams scoring in early and often, the game was tight throughout and eventually needed extra innings. With the game tied 9-9 after seven innings, they played into extas. The Vandals managed to escape with the 13-12 win in eight innings.

SEB took an early 1-0 lead after one inning. Vandalia tied it up with on in the second and then scored twice in the third. SEB scored once in the second and then three times in the third to take the lead for the third time in the game.

Trailing 5-3 going into the top of the fifth, Vandalia put up five runs to go ahead 8-5. SEB rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. Both teams then traded runs in the seventh to leave it tied 9-9.

In the extra frame, Vandalia pounced with four runs in their half of the eighth inning. SEB nearly tied the game again, coming up just short with three runs in the bottom half of the inning while leaving the tying run stranded on third base.

SEB out-hit Vandalia 14-8 in the game as both team committed three errors.

Nolen was tagged with the loss, pitching in relief for the Eagles. She allowed eight runs on seven hits and three walks over four innings. She struck out four batters.

At the plate, Oberlink had a great day, as she went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs. Maxey had three hits including a double and scored three times. Brown also scored three times while going 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles. Nolen had two hits and a pair of RBIs while Parkison also had two hits and an RBI. Sydney Moss hit a double and scored a run while sister Cassidy picked up an RBI base hit.

With the heartbreaking loss, the Eagles sit at 3-5 on the young season. This week they host Altamont on Monday and then travel to play South Central on Tuesday. They return home to host Ramsey on Wednesday and then play in the Nokomis Tournament on Saturday.

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