BATTLE TO THE BITTER END: Kinston eliminates Eagles from Class 1A playoffs
The Pleasant Home Eagles put up a strong fight, but swept by Kinston on Thursday in the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs in Pleasant Home.
PLEASANT HOME 1
In the first game of the day, the Bulldogs got a strong pitching performance from Aaron Driggers to knock off the Eagles 4-1.
Josh Ruth got the start on the mound of the Eagles and struck out the first batter he faced.
The next batter reached after being hit by a pitch, but Judd Fuqua threw out the runner attempting to steal second.
Ruth reached first on a bunt single to start the bottom of the first inning, but was picked off.
In the top of the third inning, Austin Calhoun started the frame with a single a moved to second when Colby Copeland drew a two-out walk.
The Eagles then committed a pair of errors on one play that allowed the Bulldogs to go on top 2-0.
Kinston went up 4-0 when Blaine Moore drove in a pair of runs with a two-out single in the top of the fourth inning.
Shane Nixon drove in the Eagles’ only run with a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
PLEASANT HOME 2
The Eagles led for the most of the game behind a great game from starting pitcher Mason Kelley, but Kinston rallied in the final frame and won 3-2 in extra innings.
James Hawkins was hit by a pitch with two outs in the top of the first inning and then came around to score off of an error.
The Eagles went up 2-0 in the top of the third when Hawkins drove in Ruth.
Kinston came back with a run in the bottom of the third.
The score remained 2-1 until the bottom of the seventh inning.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Brock Fleming started the frame with a single.
Kelley then got outs from the next two batters.
Moore then came through with a two-out single to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
The Eagles went down in order in order in the top of the eighth inning.
Christian Peters drew a walk to start the bottom of the eighth inning and moved to second on single from Jacob Wood.
Peters and Wood then pulled off a double steal to put runners on second and third with one out.
Hunter Davis then dropped down a bunt as Peters raced to the plate.
The bunt was perfectly placed as the Eagles had no play on Peters as he crossed the plate for the game-winning run.