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Fun, sun and wins for Eagles on spring break

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Baseball

By Thomas Barr

 MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - It’s a business trip with a little fun mixed in.

After after five days of sun and fun on the shores of Myrtle Beach, North Bullitt head coach Brian Wise was pleased with the play of his Eagles.

The Eagles returned to the spring showers of Bullitt County sporting a 5-5 record on the young season.

“I liked that we were put in several different situations and we could see how they would respond,” Wise said of his players. “I thought that even when we misplayed a couple of balls or had some control issues on the mound, we came back and responded well.”

In the opener on Monday, North Bullitt defeated Mount Tabor, N.C., 6-4.

Jacob Kelly ran his record to 3-0 on the season with six innings of work. He allowed just one earned run and struck out six. The only down side was that he also walked six.

Keaton Reitz came on get the save, giving up two earned runs.

Offensively, it was a textbook performance. Get them on, get them over and get them in.

Tyler Mayberry led off the first inning with a single and stole second. Justin Stinson scarified him to third and Logan Wyatt hit an RBI groundout.

In the third, Stinson had a single and went to third on a bad pickoff throw. He scored on Kelly’s sacrifice fly.

The sixth inning accounted for two more runs.

Kelly singled and courtesy runner Austin Trammell went to second on a wild pitch.

Josh Exton’s single and Chance Egnor’s walk loaded the bases. 

Darren Harper’s fielder’s choice plated Kelly and Henson’s single drove home Exton.

The Eagles would need two more runs in the top of the seventh to put the game away.

Kelly doubled and Exton singled. Brandon Johnson hit a sacrifice fly to score Kelly and Egnor’s RBI single plated Exton.

On Tuesday, Johnson continued his excellence on the mound in South Carolina. For a second straight year, Johnson threw a five-hit shutout in the 5-0 victory over Glenbard South of Illinois.

Wise said the senior was in control the entire game in going the distance. He did not walk a batter and struck out three.

In the third inning, North Bullitt’s Wyatt led off with a walk. Exton followed with an RBI double and Johnson helped his own cause with an RBI single.

Daulton Walls scored the third run when he singled in the fourth inning. Blake Benz hit an RBI triple for the 3-0 lead.

In the fifth, Wyatt and Kelly opened with walks. With two outs, Egnor and Walls had back-to-back RBI singles.

After an off-day on Wednesday, the Eagles had a doubleheader Thursday.

In the opener, North Bullitt fell 4-3 to Boyd County.

Harper battled through five innings. He gave up eight hits and walked six but only allowed two earned runs.

Mayberry took the loss allowing two runs in the seventh inning.

Offensively, North Bullitt tied the score at 1-1 in the second inning.

Kelly tripled and Egnor hit a sacrifice fly.

In the third, the Eagles took a 3-2 lead. Stinson and Wyatt singled and Kelly walked to load the bases.

Egnor followed with a 2-RBI single.

In the seventh, Boyd County had a single, a walk and an error to load the bases. A two-run single ended the contest.

With no time to sulk, North Bullitt immediately took the field and routed Buckeye Valley (Ohio) 9-0.

Wyatt got his first start of the season and carried a no-hitter one out into the seventh inning.

He would allow just a single hit. He struck out six and walked six, including four in the third inning.

“We pitched very well,” said Wise. “We will need him to pitch for us this season.”

Reitz led off the third and reached on an error. Mayberry singled and Wyatt had an RBI single. Exton, serving as the courtesy runner, would score on an error.

In the fourth, Ryan Henson and Reitz walked. Mayberry’s single drove both home.

As with the fourth inning, the sixth started with two quick outs. Egnor singled and Johnson walked. Courtesy runner Benz scored on Walls’ RBI single.

The final three runs came in the sixth.

Reitz was hit by a pitch and Mayberry singled. Wyatt drove both home with a triple. Exton scored on Kelly’s RBI single.

The final game of the week provided the most excitement against a team which had beater perennial power Male 3-2 at the same event.

In nine innings, North Bullitt fell to Springfield, Ohio, 9-5.

Kelly went the first seven innings, allowing three earned runs. Reitz pitched the final two innings and took the loss.

In the ninth inning, Springfield scored four runs, three of which were earned, on three hits, two walks and an error.

North Bulitt took a 2-1 lead after the first inning.

Mayberry led off with a walk and Stinson singled. Wyatt followed with an RBI single.

After Kelly walked to load the bases, Egnor hit into a double play -- with the outs being recorded at home and at first.

Exton and Walls both walked to load the bases again. Wyatt scored on a wild pitch.

In the fourth, North Bullitt tied the game at 4-4.

Reitz reached on an error and Trammell, who was replacing Mayberry, who was injured after being struck on a bunt attempt, singled.

Reitz had scored on a wild pitch and Trammell scored when Wyatt, who walked, was caught stealing in an intentional run-down play.

North Bullitt tied the game at 5 in the bottom of the seventh when Wyatt tripled and scored on a wild pitch.

“I like the way we played,” Wise said of the trip, where the junior-varsity team went 4-1. “We never quit.”

He said some of the younger players stepped up and the entire lineup has shown the ability to get on base.

With district play starting next week, Wise likes the path his team is taking.

Mayberry should return this week. The original thought was he might have suffered a broken nose but all tests were negative.

And Exton, who has been limited in throwing due to shoulder issues, threw well in a bullpen session Sunday and should return to the hill later this week.

The Eagles will close the week on Saturday by hosting a four-team event. North Bullitt plays Whitefield at 9:30 a.m. and then plays Bullitt East at 5 p.m. The Chargers will play Manuel at 3 p.m.