Eagle Point’s varsity baseball team beat the Panthers from South Medford by a score of 2 – 0 on Tuesday, May 1. Credit for the win belongs to starting pitcher, James Dixon.
Dixon pitched a complete game against South Medford, just as he did three days earlier in the first game of the Eagles’ double-header versus Crater High School which the Eagles won, 3 – 2. For four straight innings, Dixon’s pitching held the Panthers to only three hitters up to bat each time. Counting the second and seventh innings, Dixon put away a total of fifteen batters in a row, with only one walked for the whole game.
Announcer and team spokesman, Tim O’Sullivan, spoke highly of Dixon’s strong performance in this game. “He got a lot of outs on the first or second pitch of the at bat,” O’Sullivan said. “That’s the James Dixon that we all hoped we’d see this year.”
This is not to say that the Eagles’ defense was anything less than sharp either. In the first inning, catcher Curt Augino caught a pop up and threw out a baserunner on first for a double play. Later, in the fifth, second baseman Nathan Brammer snagged a fly out within inches of the dirt. The Eagles’ infield was never out of step, and their only error committed had no effect on the scoreboard.
“Other than that, they played a flawless defensive game,” O’Sullivan said.
On offense, the Eagles’ two runs happened in the third and fourth innings. First, Branden Wilson ran in from third on a base hit from Evan Jolliffe, then Eric Radcliffe stole home on a wild pitch after being subbed in for Augino at first base. Radcliffe came very close to scoring a third run in the sixth inning, but was called out.
The Eagles played their final home game against Roseburg High School on Saturday, May 5. They travel to Grants Pass High School on Tuesday, May 8.