It was a story of too little, too late for the Eagleville Eagles TSSAA first-round baseball appearance Tuesday night.
Eagleville trailed by as much as 12-2 to the Summertown Eagles in the bottom of the fifth. Six runs over the final three frames including ,two home runs nearly revived a barely alive Eagleville team before it fell 12-8.
“team will never fold and that is a quality they have carried all year,” said Eagleville head coach Travis Holland said. “It started as just trying to avoid a run rule to possibly being able to make a run at it.”
Blake Joyner hit 2-for-4 including a fourth inning bases loaded ground rule double to get the Eagles on the board.
Ryan Wells scored on a Bennett Scheffler single in the fifth, and Scheffler later scored on an Issac Gleaves double. Wells led off a seventh inning rally with a walk followed by a Caleb Holdcraft two-run home run. Gleaves contributed another two-run home run to pull Eagleville within 12-8.
Eagleville got two on and two outs before a fielders choice groundout ended the comeback threat.
“It gives us some momentum going tomorrow which is a much better feeling than where we were headed,” Holland said. “We just need to carry that because I believe my guys can swing it with any team we face.”
Eagleville plays Lake County in the Losers bracket elimination game on Wednesday from Riverdale High School at 10 a.m.