Eagles claim second place at EIC Tourney

After going 1-2 in the NTC Tournament throughout the week, the St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles bounced back for a better showing at the EIC Tournament over the weekend, finishing in second place.

They kicked things off with a win over Ramsey 13-4 and then lost to eventual champions Mulberry Grove 8-5. They finished the day strong though, beating CHBC 12-2.

In the first game of the day, the Eagles fell behind early and looked like they would have a very long day. Ramsey put up four runs in the top of the first inning. But starting pitcher Marlee Nolen settled in and shut them down the rest of the way.

The offense got one run back in the second, but waited until the late innings to make their push. The Eagles scored six time in both the fifth and sixth innings. The game’s final score was lopsided but the game was very much in doubt throughout.

The Eagles did manage 12 hits in the game while only allowing five.

Nolen earned the win, pitching six innings and allowing five hits and two walks. She gave up three earned runs while striking out five batters.

At the plate, Morgan Brown hit a big home run in the fifth inning to help lead her team with two RBIs and two runs scored. Tessa Philpot went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases. Sydney Moss also went yard with a three run blast in the sixth inning. Kaitlyn Maxey hit two doubles and drove in two runs while scoring twice. Mackenzie Parkison had a two hits game and scored twice while Cassidy Moss and Marlee Nolen both added RBI base hits for the Eagles.

In the second game, SEB had a reversal of fortunes. They grabbed the early lead on Mulberry Grove, scoring twice in the first and twice more in the second inning. But the Aces bounced back from the four run deficit with a huge eight run third inning to take the lead. The Eagles would get one back in the third, but that was not enough as the game lasted just three innings.

Nolen was tagged with the loss, pitching in relief. She allowed four runs (one earned) in two-thirds of an inning. She gave up three base hits and two walks.

As a whole, the Eagles pitching limited Mulberry Grove to only four base hits, but a couple of untimely errors cost them.

At the plate, Cassidy Moss and Parkison both kept getting on base at the top of the order as they both had two hit games. They both came around to scored twice, allowing Brown to picking three RBIs. Philpot and Nolen both added RBI base hits. Natalie Oberlink and Sydney Moss both went 1-for-2.

As a team, the Eagles swiped five bases as they were very active on the base paths.

In the final game of the day, SEB faced CHBC for third place. After the Bobcats went up 2-0 after the top of the first, the Eagles responded with four runs of their own in the first. They added two more in the second and four in the third. They pushed the lead to ten with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Oberlink was the winning pitcher, tossing all four innings and allowing two earned runs on three hits and three walks. She was fooling the opposition all game as she racked up eight strikeouts, meaning that two-thirds of the outs made by CHBC came from swings-and-misses.

At the plate, Brown hit her second homer of the day in a three RBI performance. Maxey and Sydney Moss both added two hits and two RBIs. Philpot also had two base hits and scored a run. Cassidy Moss only had one base hit, but was a demon on the base paths, stealing four bags and scoring three runs.

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