Eastern’s baseball squad endured a frustrating day on the diamond Saturday, managing five hits in an 11-5 loss to visiting South Adams, its fourth straight setback.
The Comets (4-4) were left playing catch up throughout. After the hosts escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first, the Starfires struck first with a pair of runs in the second, to which Eastern countered with a run in the home half.
South Adams scored four runs in each the fourth and fifth frames to take control of the contest.
Eastern coach Nick Sale also cited costly mistakes in the field as a chief ingredient in the loss.
“We’re the type of team that doesn’t seem to play well from behind,” Sale said. “We like to move guys around, and didn’t have those opportunities [Saturday]. We lost two extra-inning games this week, and our emotions were pretty drained. This week wasn’t what we were looking for, but conference play starts next week, so we have to bounce back quickly and get back to doing what we were doing during that four-game winning streak.”
Austin Chase had a pair of singles for the Comets, and Cree Johnston added a double.
Braden Gibson suffered the loss on the hill, allowing six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of work. He surrendered six hits, walked four and struck out one.
N’WESTERN 8, CL. CENTRAL 6N’WESTERN 13, N. MIAMI 3, 6 INN.
The Tigers took a pair of wins in a home round-robin affair with the Bulldogs and Warriors to finish off a 3-0 weekend and improve to 7-4 on the year.
In the opener with Clinton Central, Jake Vent and Logan Macaluso provided RBI singles and Evan Matlock added an RBI sacrifice flyout as Northwestern scored five in the second inning.
Sean Smith connected for an RBI single to put the Tigers up for good, 7-6, in the fifth inning, and Austin Pyle added an RBI single in the sixth.