Eagles soar to 4-2 record on very busy week

Starting pitcher Natalie Oberlink winds up for a pitch against CHBC. She finished the complete game with eight strike outs.

The St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles had an extremely busy week with six games in six days due to a couple of weather cancelled make up games from earlier in the season.  They survived this tough stretch and did rather well, winning four of the six games to move to an even record on the season at 8-8.

First up, they played in the Nokomis tournament last Saturday, April 15.  In two games, the Eagles outscored their opponents 17-8 on the day, beating Pana 3-1 and then taking down the hosts Nokomis 14-7.

Game one was all about pitching and defense.  Marlee Nolen completely shut down the opposition in a brilliant performance, allowing just one unearned run on one hit and two walks across seven innings.

Morgan Brown paced the offense with a 2-for-2 game including a triple while stealing three bases and scoring twice.  Cassidy Moss had two hits and two swiped bags.  Katelyn Maxey added an RBI triple and Nolen cracked a double.

In the second game, the offense exploded for the Eagles.  Morgan Brown had an enormous game, hitting for a cycle and driving in seven runs to lead the way.

The Eagles picked up three runs in both of the first two innings.  They then scored twice in the third, three times in the fourth, and twice again in the fifth.

Natalie Oberlink earned the win in the circle.  She tossed four and two-thirds innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on four hits and seven walks.  She struck out six batters.

At the plate, Brown’s 5-for-5 performance stood out.  She had a double, triple, and a home run for a cycle.  Brown drove in seven runs and scored four times herself.  Maxey also had a huge game, going 4-for-5 with two double and three RBIs.  Cassidy Moss had three base hits and scored three runs.  Oberlink added two hits and scored three times.  Avyree Scholes went 2-for-2 and drew two walks.  Mackenzie Parkison and Tessa Philpot both added base hits while Sydney Moss picked up two RBIs.

The Eagles looked to carry that success into the rest of the week when they hit the road to face St. Anthony on Monday.  After going ahead early in the game, Bulldogs pitching took over and held the Eagles to just two runs in a 10-2 St. Anthony victory.

SEB took the lead early on, putting up two runs in the top of the first inning thanks to a Morgan Brown RBI base hit.

The Bulldogs responded with five runs in the bottom of the first.  They cruised from there, putting up four in the fourth and one in the fifth while limiting SEB to just two base hits.

The Eagles defense did not help out their pitcher as they committed five errors in the game.  Only three of the ten runs scored by St. Anthony were earned.

Marlee Nolen was the losing pitcher, allowing six hits and three walks over five and two-thirds innings.

Brown and Maxey had the lone hits for the Eagles.

The next day, SEB looked to rebound when they traveled to Neoga. Unfortunately, poor defense from the Eagles once again allowed their opponents to capitalize on limited offense in a 10-3 Indians win.

The Eagles went up early with two runs in the top of the first.  Neoga responded with four in the first, two in the second, and three in the third to go ahead 9-2.  Both teams added a run in the fifth.

Oberlink allowed just four hits across six innings.  She struck out six batters and only one of the ten runs against her was earned as five errors derailed the Eagles chances.

At the plate, SEB had eight hits, including three from Parkison.  Cassidy Moss, Sydney Moss, Audrey Reynolds, Vayda Smith, and Brown each added hits.  Philpot picked up two RBIs.

On Wednesday, the Eagles returned home to host Ramsey.  In a reversal, SEB played error-free ball as they cruised to a 13-3 win.

SEB scored at least one run in every inning, putting up one in both of the first two innings followed by two in the third, three in the fourth and six in the fifth to push the ten run rule.

Nolen pitched well in earning the win.  She allowed eight hits and three earned runs across five innings while striking out three.

At the plate, the girls cranked out 13 hits.  Philpot had a big game with three hits and three RBIs.  Brown had two hits and two RBIs while scoring three times.  Parkison scored four runs while collecting two hits and stealing three bases.  Maxey and Cassidy Moss both added two hits.  Oberlink and Emma Gathe both had one hit.

The girls capped off a busy week with a game against Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City.  The Eagles were the home team even though the game was played in Beecher City.

The CHBC offense was completely shut down by Oberlink’s masterful performance in the circle.  She allowed just two hits and led the way to a 8-1 win for the Eagles.

SEB scored once in each of the first, second, fourth, and sixth innings.  Their big frame came in the third when they posted four runs.

Oberlink earned the win, tossing seven innings.  She allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out eight Bobcats.

At the plate, the whole team got in on the action as eight different girls picked up base hits for a team total of 12.  Gathe, Maxey, and Brown each had two RBIs while Philpot added one.

The Eagles move to 8-8 on the season and look to build on it this week when they travel to Windsor on Monday and host Mulberry Grove on Tuesday.

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