Eagles sweep two foes

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 17, 2008

LASKER – Northeast Academy notched its second win in as many days with a 15-5 victory over Northampton County High School-East Friday afternoon.

After a scoreless first inning, the Eagles got in the score column when Jay Baugham crossed home plate. Northeast added two runs in the third after John Pope and Don Jernigan rounded the bases before they exploded in the fourth inning.

The Eagles batted through the lineup, scoring six runners, stretching their lead to nine.

East was down, but not out. The Rams got their offense going in the fifth, bringing home five runners. With one out Jermaine Deloatch, Carson Hill, Latrael Ashe and John Lee, the top four batters, scored for the visitors. Daniel Davis also scored for East, pulling the Rams within four runs.

Northeast didn’t rest their bats, adding four runs to their total in the bottom of the fifth. Hunter Deloatch’s double down the first baseline brought home Josh Jenkins and Russ Flythe.

Deloatch crossed home plate as did designated hitter Arch Harrell, giving the Eagles a 13-5 advantage.

Jenkins and Baugham scored again in the sixth as Northeast improved to 2-1 on the season with the 15-5 win.

Senior Jay Duncan pitched the win for Northeast, pitching four and one-half innings and striking out nine batters. Jud Smith took the mound midway through the fifth, faced 10 batters and allowing only two hits.

“Jay (Duncan) pitched well with a hurt hand,” said Eagles Head Coach Billy Bridgers.

“Jud came in to relieve him and did a great job.”

Despite the loss East head coach Rick Heckler was pleased with his team.

“This is my first year so I’m still getting to know them and they are getting to know me,” he said. “We played some tough competition, but that will only make us better.”

Northeast picked up their first win of the season Thursday with an 8-4 win over conference rival Ridgecroft. Deloatch pitched seven innings in the win.

The Rams struck first as lead-off batter Michael Jones came across home plate. Brodie Harrell’s triple to left field put the senior in scoring position and he came home to tie the score.

Ridgecroft was held scoreless in the third, but Northeast found their bats. Jenkins and Deloatch hit singles and John Pope got to first after a Ridgecroft error. All three runners came home as did sophomore Russ Flythe, giving Northeast a 4-1 lead.

The Eagles added a run to that lead in the fourth. Jeremy Parker hit a single to right field and was aided by a Ridgecroft error as he made his way home.

Ridgecroft got a hand from Northeast in the fifth as the Eagles committed four errors, allowing four runners to get on base. Three Ridgecroft batters crossed home plate, pulling the Rams within two runs, 6-4.

Northeast sealed the win in the sixth inning as Jenkins and Deloatch both scored for the home team.

Deloatch was 3-for-4 with two singles and a double. B. Harrell had two hits in four at-bats with a single and triple.

Jenkins was 2-for-3 with two singles.

Matthew Jones led the Rams with two singles in four at-bats.

Brian Outlaw and Josh Lane also had singles for Ridgecroft.