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Pleasant Home advances

Pleasant Home swept Fruitdale in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs Friday, defeating the Pirates 11-7 and 14-2.

The Eagles (20-7) will travel to play J.U. Blacksher next Friday night in the second round of the playoffs.

Pleasant Home coach Bradley Stephens said there was a big difference between the two games Friday.

“We knocked off a good bit of their runs and we got ready as far as playing,” Stephens said. “The boys had a good bit of time off and got put back together. In the end, we finally got back to our rhythm.”

Stephens said the first game didn’t start off well, but the team managed to score some runs to get the win.

“I thought in the first game we started off sluggish,” he said. “We started pulling it together in the end. In the second game, we were playing like we needed to. We started to hit the baseball and we started playing pretty good defense.”

Pleasant Home 11, Fruitdale 7

Pleasant Home’s Colter Poole helped lead the Eagles to an 11-7 victory in the first game.

Poole pitched 3.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, and struck out four.

Fernando Torres came in as relief for Poole. Torres allowed five runs on five hits and had five strikeouts.

Pleasant Home’s Ethan King earned the save for the Eagles. King allowed no runs on four hits in 1.1 innings.

The Eagles trailed 1-0 in the second inning before Hunter Greathouse singled Justin Holt in to tie the game up.

Pleasant Home’s bats came alive in the bottom of the third inning after its defense allowed one run when Fruitdale’s Matthew Cochran scored Sean Zehner on an RBI single.

To start the bottom of the third, Pleasant Home’s Josh Godwin led off with a double, Blake Herman got hit by a pitch and King singled to load the bases.

Torres stepped to the plate and on the first pitch, hit a three-run double to score Godwin, Herman and King.

Torres later scored on an RBI double from Poole.

Poole then came in on a sac fly from Hunter Weaver to end the scoring for that inning. The Eagles took a 6-2 lead going into the top of the fourth inning.

Fruitdale added one run on a solo home run from Josh Brooks in the top of the fourth.

Pleasant Home added four runs in the bottom of the fourth on a three-run home run from Herman and an RBI from Poole.

Fruitdale scored one run in the top of the fifth on an RBI double from Ricco Jordan to score Cochran.

The Eagles added one run in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI triple from Herman to score Greathouse.

Fruitdale wasn’t done yet, as in the top of the sixth, the Pirates scored three runs on an RBI single from Ethan Williams and a two-run double from Cochran.

Losing pitcher Ethan Williams allowed six runs in three innings of work and had two strikeouts.

Pleasant Home 14, Fruitdale 2

Pleasant Home’s Blake Herman hit a grand slam home run to help lead his team to the 12-run victory over the Pirates.

Herman also earned the win on the mound only allowing two runs in five innings.