Eagles defeat Hobgood

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 30, 2007

LASKER – Northeast Academy improved to .500 on the season with an 8-2 win over Hobgood Academy here Thursday.

After struggling at bat earlier in the season the Eagles recorded seven hits, including a double by Don Jernigan.

Senior Cole Vinson walked then stole second.

Hunter Deloatch singled to right field, advancing Vinson, then stole second.

Catcher Jay Duncan’s single to right field brought Vinson across home plate.

With Jernigan at bat, Hobgood’s pitcher was called for a balk, plating Deloatch.

Northeast’s defense was solid throughout the game.

Deloatch struck out the first Hobgood batter, John Pope assisted Josh Jenkins at first for the second out and Vinson caught a fly ball for the final out.

Northeast was unable to bring Jeremy Parker home from third in the third inning, but held Hobgood to three-and-out.

In the top of the fourth Jeremy Joyner came home on a Billy Thompson single for Hobgood’s first run of the game.

The Eagles ran the bases as they batted through the lineup at the bottom of the fourth.

Jernigan led off with a double to left field then took third on a passed ball. Jay Baugham singles to center field, scoring Jernigan. Jenkins singled down the first base line then Parker walked to load the bases.

Designated hitter Arch Harrell took a base on balls then came home on a Hobgood error for Northeast’s fifth and final run of the inning.

Joyner scored Hobgood’s second run of the game in the sixth inning.

Northeast also scored as Pope brought Vinson home.

The Raiders were unable to overcome the six-run deficit and fell to the Eagles, 8-2.

“That was probably one of the better games my kids have played all year,” said Eagles head coach Billy Bridgers.

“We’re getting guys in the right positions on the field which is helping us cut down on errors,” Bridgers said.

“We’ve improved on offense and defense.”

Deloatch pitched all seven innings, walking only one batter.

Jenkins was 2-for-3 from the plate to lead all Northeast batters.