On a perfect night for baseball at the Wayne County Complex in Beach Lake, the Eagles soared to an early lead and cruised to an 8-1 win over the Buccaneers.
Coach Pete Goyette’s lads erupted for three runs in the top of the first, then sealed the deal on a solid victory with three more in their final at-bat.
“We didn’t play our best today, but we did what we had to do to win and that’s what matters most,” Coach Goyette told TWI Sports. “We’ve been battling so many injuries and of course the weather hasn’t helped much either. But, I?defini-tely think we’re starting to play more as a team.”
With this win, the Eagles upped their regular season record to 4-1.
Honesdale is scheduled to be back in action this evening with a home game against the ReMax Renegades. Gametime is slated for 6:00 p.m. at the old HHS baseball diamond.
Hunter Thompson drew the starting mound assignment for the Bucs and ran into trouble in the top of the first inning.
Noah Box slapped a one out single, stole second and took third when Ben Corbin reached on a 2-base error. Jonathan Werner followed with an RBI?single, as did Clay Hewlett and the Eagles owned a 3-0 lead.
Werner took the hill as Honesdale’s starter and eventually earned the win. Jonathan received relief help from teammates Noah Box and Julio Galarza.
“Jon has been our go-to guy all year so far,”?Coach Goyette said. “He’s been giving us solid innings just about every time out. Noah is coming into his own as a pitcher, too. And, it was nice to get Julio out there for the first time. He’s only 13 and this was his first time pitching at the teener league level.”
Werner worked the opening frame, then handed the ball off to Box, who went four innings. Garza came on in the sixth and closed out the ballgame.
The Bucs fought hard all evening long, but were only able to break through for a single run.
Dakota Kronyak led off the top of the second with a missile shot to deep left field. The Bucs’ clean-up man cruised into second, then moved to third when Alex Kammeier grounded out to second.
Dakota trotted home on an RBI?single off the bat off Cody Whitmore.
The home team would threaten several more times before the game was over, but each time the Eagles came up huge on defense.
The biggest play of the day came in the bottom of the sixth and Kronyak was once again right in the middle of the mix.
Page 2 of 2 - Dakota worked Galarza for a lead-off walk. He then promptly stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Three batters later, Whitmore hit a ball back to the mound that Galarza fielded cleanly and threw to first for the inning’s second out.
Kronyak barreled down the line and tried to score, but was cut down on a perfect throw from Werner to catcher Ben Corbin.
Over & Out
After thwarting that last Buccaneers scoring threat, the Eagles closed things out with a 3-run uprising in the top of the seventh.
Box led off with a double, swiped third and scampered home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Corbin. Werner reached on an error and was followed onto the basepaths by Galarza, who singled.
Tristan Petroski worked a walk to load the bases for Ian Langendoerfer, who ripped a 2-run single.
Score by Innings...
EAGLES 3 0 1 1 0 0 3 - 8
BUCS 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1