The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn baseball team played five games in five days last week, including winning two of three to end the string.
On Wednesday, in a home contest against War Eagle Conference rival West Sioux, Eagle pitcher Nate Dammann gave up two solo homers in the first, but then "really settled down," said MMC coach Al Vasher. The Eagles put the ball in play, scored five first-inning runs themselves, and, said Vasher, "the defense played a great game."
MMC carried a 7-2 lead into the 7th inning, and Jacob Lehnhoff came in to pitch in a tough situation, saving the decision for Dammann. The West Sioux team did score two runs in their half of the seventh, but that was all they would get, and MMC came away with a 7-4 win.
Dammann threw 6 1/3 innings, struck out 10, walked four, and surrendered 10 hits. Lehnhoff faced two batters in the 7th and struck them both out. Jacob also led Eagle hitters, collecting three singles in three at-bats, and scoring two runs. Tim Holmes clubbed a double and drove in two runs.
On Thursday, the Eagles were at home again, this time entertaining the Remsen-Union Rockets. They weren't very good hosts, however, putting together a great night at the plate, which combined with Jacob Lehnhoff's nice job of changing speeds throughout the game, led them to a resounding 15-0, four-inning win -- ending with a nine-run outburst in their half of the 4th.
Lehnhoff struck out 12 batters in his five innings of piching, walked only two, and surrendered only two hits to the out-manned Rockets.
Friday saw the Eagles travel to Granville to meet the always-tough Spalding Catholic Spartans, and they experienced a reversal of fortune from the previous night, falling to Spalding 12-0 in four innings. Spalding out-hit Vasher's Eagles 14-3, as the Eagles failed to strike a single extra-base hit.
Tim Holmes pitched the game for the Eagles, giving up the 14 hits and 12 runs, striking out three, and not walking anyone.
In Coach Vasher's words, "We came out a little flat, but Granville Spalding probably had something to do with that.. They hit the ball hard all night, and Andrew Jungers (Spalding pitcher) did a great job of keeping us off-balance at the plate."
Vasher refused to use the "five games in five nights" as an excuse, saying "we need to play better than we did Friday night."
The Eagles will play five consecutive games in their home park, starting tonight against Unity Christian. They then take on Remsen St. Mary's Friday, Sgt. Bluff-Luton Monday, and Gehlen Catholic on Wednesday the 20th.