BOONVILLE — On Friday night, the first place Rams and second place Eagles baseball teams took the field for the MVAC tournament championship.
After a torrential downpour on Thursday the game was postponed, but it was finally able to be played on Friday night. This was the third meeting between the Rams and the Eagles this season. Wilkes Central won the first game at Starmount, 7-1, while Starmount won the second meeting at Wilkes Central, 9-8.
After a tough seven-inning battle, Wilkes Central scored seven runs in the top of the seventh to earn a 11-7 comeback win over Starmount and earn the title of MVAC Tournament Champions.
In the first inning, the Rams were able to jump on the Eagles early as they scored three runs. Houston Nicks started off the inning by earning a single, then stealing second while Peyton Mullins earned a double with his hit to center field. The Rams put their first run on the board after Nicks stole home following a wild pitch by Wilkes Central. Patrick Usher stepped up to the plate and earned an RBI after he flew out to right field, his hit brought Mullins across the plate to give the Rams a 2-0 lead.
The Rams would earn an additional run before the inning was over to give them a 3-0 lead. Wilkes Central battled back to earn two runs in the top of the second and one in the top of the fifth, while the Rams scored three runs in the third inning and one in the fifth to give them a 7-4 lead heading into the seventh inning.
Just as it looked like the Rams were on their way to winning the conference tournament, things took a turn. Wilkes Central started off the seventh inning rally with their cleanup hitter, Houston Koon to the plate where he earned a walk for the Eagles. The Eagles tied the game after Ezra Baker reached first base on an error by Starmount. The error scored two runs for the Eagles — Evan Adams (Jack Privette), and Skylar Brooks.
From there the Eagles were lit as they scored four more runs to give them the lead. The Eagles sent 12 batters to the plate, and earned seven runs to make the score 11-7. Starmount tried to battle back in the bottom of the seventh inning, but they came up short. Two batters made it to base for the Rams, but they couldn’t find the five runs needed to win the game.
After an action packed seventh inning, the Eagles came from behind to win the MVAC tournament championship.
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