E.R. ekes by East; South saunters to win over Dimond

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 13, 2023

Eagle River 8, East 2
Tommy Molloy got the win and Landon Hudson earned a save as the Wolves needed a big rally in the sixth inning to pull away from the Thunderbirds in a CIC league game at Mulcahy Stadium.

Dalton Smith drove in two runs with RBI singles in the fourth and sixth innings for Eagle River (8-3, 3-1 CIC), which nursed a 3-2 lead through five full innings.

Eagle River scored five runs in the sixth inning, getting RBIs from Smith, Gunner Mountcastle, Josh Thompson, Jack Molloy and Alex Mullen. Connor Lanehart's RBI single in the third inning gave the Wolves the lead for good.

Hudson threw well over the final two frames, striking out three batters in his two innings of hitless relief.

But overall, nothing came easy for Eagle River against a spirited East team that made winning plays and gave the Wolves everything they could handle.

The T-birds (1-8, 0-4 CIC) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on Andrew Malone's RBI single, snapping the team's 17-inning scoreless streak in CIC league play. Blake Yawitt got the party started with a double. Malone also drove in East's second run in the fifth inning as his RBI single scored Edison Polanco to pull the T-birds within 3-2.

Yawitt reached base three times and threw out a runner at third base from center field.

East pitcher Dylan Dumas gave a gutsy performance, working 2.2 scoreless frames to open the game and holding the Wolves to two earned runs in the first five innings.

South 13, Dimond 3
The Wolverines battered the Lynx behind a 10-hit attack that was fueled by a seven-run second inning and lights-out pitching by Gavin Partch and Kaden Bevegni to cruise to a CIC league win at Mulcahy Stadium.

Chase Mascelli had three RBIs while Landon Drumm, Kolby Jensen and Luke Beard each drove in two runs for South (9-1, 3-1 CIC). 

In the second inning, Mascelli's RBI single made it 3-0 and Drumm's two-run base knock pushed the lead to 5-0. Bevegni then doubled in a run and scored from second base on a wild pitch to make it 7-0.

Beard had two sac flies - the first one scored Robert Hughes to make it 8-3 in the third inning and the second one scored Jensen to make it 11-3 in the fifth inning.

Partch did a little bit of everything. He went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. He also started at pitched and tossed four innings to earn the win. He retired eight of the final nine batters he faced before giving way to Bevegni, who threw three innings to get the long save.

Partch and Bevegni retired 20 of the final 24 batters.

Dimond (6-4, 3-1 CIC) never recovered after falling behind 7-0, although the Lynx made some noise in the third inning after consecutive singles by Gideon Lesslie, Josiah James and Carson Engstrom that led to RBIs by Shane Stephan, Pama Brito and Peyton Montagna.

Stephan finished 0-for-4 after coming into the game riding a streak of reaching base in 12 consecutive plate appearances.