TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Consistent … from start to finish.
The Eastern baseball team produced three runs and at least two hits in each of its first three innings, then tacked on two more insurance runs without a safety in the fourth en route to an 11-0 mercy-rule victory over visiting Miller on Tuesday night during a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Meigs County.
The Eagles (2-0, 2-0 TVC Hocking) posted their second shutout win of the season as the hosts gradually built leads of 3-0, 6-0 and 9-0 through three frames of work before adding two more free runs in the fourth for a commanding 11-run advantage.
The Falcons (1-4, 1-2) mustered one of their two hits in the game in the top half of the fifth, but the Purple and White ultimately never made it beyond second base all evening as EHS wrapped up the five-inning affair.
The Green and White started the bottom of the first with back-to-back hits from John Little and Owen Arix, then both came home on an error that allowed Austin Coleman to reach safely while taking a permanent 2-0 edge. Coleman later scored on an error that gave the hosts a 3-0 cushion after one full frame of work.
Colton Reynolds and Little provided back-to-back one-out singles to start the second, then Arix and Coleman received consecutive walks as Reynolds scored for a 4-0 lead. Little later scored on a Kaleb Hill ground out and Arix scored on a wild pitch that resulted in a 6-0 advantage through two complete.
Josh Brewer and Isaac Nottingham provided back-to-back one-out singles in the third, then Reynolds walked to load the bases. Little grounded into a fielder’s choice that plated Brewer as Reynolds was forced out at second for a 7-0 contest, then Arix singled in both Nottingham and Little for a nine-run cushion.
Four walks and a hit batter accounted for Eastern’s final two runs in the fourth, wrapping up the 11-run triumph.
The Eagles outhit the guests by a 7-2 overall margin and also committed three of the five errors in the contest.
Ethen Richmond was the winning pitcher of record after allowing one hit and striking out six in 2.2 innings of work. Geil took the loss for MHS after surrendering nine runs, seven hits and three walks over three frames.
Little and Arix led EHS with two hits apiece, followed by Brewer, Nottingham and Reynolds with a safety each. Arix also drove in a team-best two RBIs, while Coleman, Hill and Nate Durst also had a RBI each.
Little led the hosts with three runs scored, followed by Arix and Coleman with two runs each. Hill, Brewer, Nottingham and Reynolds also scored a run apiece for the victors.
Dishon and Hettich had the lone hits for the Falcons, who mustered only one baserunner through four innings of play.
Eastern returns to action Thursday when it travels to Mason for a TVC Hocking contest against Wahama at 5 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.