Eagles Baseball Wins One Against Crater

By Michael Stephens
The varsity baseball team for Crater High School began their season with a nine game winning streak and are currently ranked 2nd in the 6A division. But, the Eagles were unaffected by such numbers during their double-header with Crater on Saturday, Apr. 28th. Both games were closely fought. Eagle Point won the first game 3 – 2, and lost the second game 2 – 5.

Speaking of the victory, Eagle Point announcer and team spokesman Tim O’Sullivan said “not only is that a big win, but that’s a big win against a quality opponent.”

In the first game, Crater got their first run in the last third of the first inning, but did not score again until the sixth. The Eagles claimed all three of their runs in the fourth inning. Designated hitter, Johnny Wilkerson, got on base as the first up to bat, took second on a sacrifice bunt from Eric Skogseth and stole third three pitches later. Then, Wilkerson ran home on another bunt by Curt Augino, sliding in hard enough to topple the Crater catcher off his feet.

“Well, he just flat beat the throw too.” O’Sullivan talked about Wilkerson’s athleticism in strong terms, “if you saw him just walking down the street in plain clothes, you’d say ‘that guy’s a baseball player.’”

Later in the fourth, Branden Wilson was at the plate with bases loaded and two outs. Wilson hit one far into the outfield, bringing Nathan Brammer and James Dixon around for a double RBI base hit. “That is a hit that this club has been waiting for,” O’Sullivan said.

Wilson’s role in the first game was interesting. He was supposed to be the starting pitcher, but reportedly had trouble with his arm during pre-game warmups and was moved to play third base. While Dixon pitched well in his place, it was Wilson who stopped a ground ball to force the final out at third in the seventh, winning the game for the Eagles.

The second game got away from the Eagles in the first inning, in which Crater scored four runs. Eagle Point came back with two runs in the first as well. Skogseth batted in Zack Meerten and Evan Jolliffe, but the Eagles could not regain the advantage for the rest of the game.

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