Eaglebrook Varsity baseball overcame a 7-3 deficit to beat Williston Northampton 8-7 in extra innings on Saturday afternoon, sweeping the home-and-away series with Williston and improving to 6-0 on the season.
After trading runs to start the game, Eaglebrook jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in the top of the third. Landon Whayne lead off with a single to center and Kiernan Keller laid down a bunt for a hit, setting the table for James Clavel to launch a two-RBI double over the head of the left fielder.
Unfortunately, the lead was short-lived; Williston responded right away, rallying with six runs in the bottom of the third inning. It was a long and frustrating inning, but the team stayed composed, eventually stealing the third out on another crafty pickoff play, this time by Ryan McHugh, that brought us in to hit.
After stranding several runners in the top of the fourth and fifth innings, Eaglebrook put together a number of good at-bats in the sixth: walking, forcing errors, and running the bases aggressively to squeak across four runs to the tie the game.
Kiernan Keller pitched the final five innings and was dominant throughout. When he picked off the lead runner in the bottom of the seventh the momentum was squarely back in our favor, and he struck out the next two batters to force extra innings.
In the eighth, Wade Volo reached on an error, advancing to second on the play, and Landon Whayne bunted him over to third. Carson Cleage stepped up to the plate and did his job with a sac fly to center field, scoring the go-ahead run. Williston knocked on the door in the bottom of the eighth with two singles, but Landon Whayne sealed the victory for Eaglebrook, chasing down a fly ball in center and doubling the lead runner off at second base to end the game.
Eaglebrook tallied ten hits on the day, with Landon Whayne, Carson Cleage, and Wade Volo all with multiple hits. Kiernan Keller (2-0) earned the win; overall he allowed four hits in five innings of relief, striking out seven and walking two, lowering his ERA to .538.
As Coach Karis always says, good teams find a way to win, and today's performance was another example of that. Now in the back half of our season, we look forward to playing our best baseball with games against Deerfield away on Monday, and Suffield at home on Thursday afternoon. Family on three!