Saints split with Eagles

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Charlie Spencer (32) celebrates his second home run of the game with Darius Baldwin (11).

Charlie Spencer (32) celebrates his second home run of the game with Darius Baldwin (11).


The LBWCC Saints’ baseball team split withAlabama Southern Eagles Tuesday afternoon at Crum Foshee Field.


The Saints took game one of the doubleheader with a 9-4 victory over the Eagles.


The Saints took an early lead when Charlie Spencer crushed a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.


The Eagles tied the game back up 2-2 in the top of the fourth inning, but the Saints clawed back with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for a 6-2.


Darius Baldwin singled to bring Michael Mims around to score from third for the first run of the fifth inning.


Houston Davenport drove in Michael Tedford and Baldwin with a double.


Davenport came around to score on a single by Josh Flowers.


The Eagles added two runs in the top of the sixth, and the Saints responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning.


Trey Matherson doubled in Blake Grill to make the score 7-4 heading into the seventh.


Spencer connected with his second home run of the day with another two-run shot. Baldwin scored on the home run, and the Saints led, 9-4.


Josh Dewrell pitched well in relief of winning pitcher Kade Suther. Dewrell was credited with the save.


“Both pitchers pitched very well for us in the first game,” Saints’ head coach Steve Helms said. “They kept us in the game. Spencer’s two big home runs really helped get us going as well.”


In the second game, the Saints fell 10-3 to the Eagles.


The Saints weren’t able to get a hit when they needed them, and the Eagles cashed in on several two-out RBIs.


“They got us in that second game,” Helms said. “They outplayed us. I was disappointed in the way we played, but that is my fault. We just couldn’t finish off innings. We gave up way too many two-out RBIs.”


The Eagles took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Saints answered back to tie the game up at 1-1 at the end of the first.


Spencer drove in the first fun of the game for the Saints.


The Saints fell behind 4-1 before plating their final runs of the contest in the bottom of the third inning.


The Saints made the score 4-2 when Matherson picked up an RBI on a bases loaded walk.


Spencer picked up his second RBI of the contest with a sacrifice fly. Spencer finished the day with six total RBIs.


The Saints were unable to plate another runner in the contest, and the Eagles picked up one run in both the fifth and sixth inning, and four runs in the top of the seventh to knock off the Saints in game two.


“One thing that cost us was our two-strike approach at the plate,” Helms said. “And we are about to work on that right now. We are also going to work on hitting breaking balls the other way. That was another thing we didn’t do well today that cost us.”


With the split the Saints record goes to 14-7 overall and 3-1 in conference play.


“We are doing OK right now,” Helms said. “But we have to get better.”