TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — You can’t lose if your opponent doesn’t score.
The Eastern baseball team claimed its first shutout win of the year on Tuesday night, defeating non-league guest Nelsonville-York by a 10-0 count in five innings.
The Eagles (4-3) were held scoreless in the opening inning, but combined four hits with one free pass and one NYHS (3-3) error to score five runs in the second frame.
Eastern failed to push across a run in the third inning, but scored five times on four hits, one walk and two errors in the bottom of the fourth. The Buckeyes were retired in order in the top of the fifth and the hosts claimed a 10-0 mercy rule victory.
Ethen Richmond tossed a complete game and earned the pitching victory for the Eagles, striking out four, while allowing zero runs, one hit and one walk.
Eastern committed two errors in the win, while NYHS had three.
Sophomore Austin Coleman led the Green and Gold at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three singles, two runs scored, one RBI and three stolen bases. Cameron Richmond was 2-for-3 with one double, one single, one run scored, three RBI and one stolen base, while Ethen Richmond and Josh Brewer both singled once, scored twice and stole one base.
Dillon Swatzel singled once, scored once, stole one base and drove in two runs, Kaleb Hill singled once and drove in one run, Owen Arix added a single, a run scored and a stolen base, while Nate Durst finished with one single and one run scored.
The Eagles — who ended a three-game losing skid with the triumph — left five runners on base in the win, while NYHS has now lost three straight and left four runners stranded.
The Eagles resumed Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division play on Wednesday at Wahama, and are scheduled to return to action on Friday, when Federal Hocking visits Tuppers Plains.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.