REMSEN - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Eagles took a 7-6 lead in the top of the 7th inning in high school baseball season-opening action here on May 19th, but host Remsen St. Mary's Hawks took advantage of "having the last at-bat." The Hawks came through with two runs in their half of the inning to take the War Eagle Conference game by an 8-7 score.
MMC led early, 3-1 after the first inning, then increased their lead to 6-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. The Hawks then battled back, though, and tied it in their half of the 5th. The Eagles went ahead again in the 7th, but the Hawks were the last team to bat, and they won out.
Jacob Lehnhoff started on the mound for Coach Al Vasher's Eagles, and the coach said he "did a good job of throwing strikes." Lehnhoff struck out 11 St. Mary's hitters and walked none, allowing only two runs on five hits in his four innings of pitching. Jerad Letsche finished up on the hill, and surrendered four hits in his three innings of work, while striking out four and also walking four. MMC had six errors in the field.
The Eagles were led at the plate by Lehnhoff. who cracked three singles in four at-bats. Letsche had one hit, and made it count, driving across three runs. Jordan Boekhout also drove in two runs for the Eagles, who collected just six safeties as a team.
Eric Bohnenkamp started on the hill for the Hawks and Louis Pick got the win. Jon Klein went 3-3 for St. Mary's, including a home run.
Vasher said he thought the Eagles played well "for our first game of the season. We did a lot of good things that will get better as the season progresses. We definitely have some things to work on, but overall I thought the kids played hard, and we will get better."