The moment the Bishop Carroll baseball players walked off the field after losing the first game of the doubleheader against Eisenhower 9-7 on Thursday at Westurban, the team quickly regrouped and was ready for the second game. The Golden Eagles bounced back and won the second game 10-5.
“Our guys tried to forget about that first game,” Carroll coach Charlie Ebright said. “We had a couple of mistakes in the first game and we knew we had to battle back against a very good Eisenhower team.”
Eisenhower jumped ahead in the first game 8-4 after the first three innings and wouldn’t let anything go Carroll’s way. The Tigers began the game with three straight doubles from Mason Elston, Braden Minor and Dalton Dinkel. Dinkel led the Tigers offensively in the first game, going 4 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs.
Carroll tried to creep back into the game, scoring single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but was unable to inch back close enough. The Eisenhower defense made the plays when it counted to secure the win.
The Golden Eagles put up three in the first inning of the second game and kept the runs coming throughout the game. Carroll scored five runs in the fourth inning on four hits, all four of which were singles.
“Our offense is really coming along right now,” Ebright said. “We’ve got some guys that are swinging the bat really well and hopefully they’ll continue to swing the stick. Jacob (Ensz) threw the ball really good tonight until they finally got to him in the sixth. McCae (Allen) came in and shut the door in the seventh with three strikeouts.”
Carroll starting pitcher Ensz allowed just three hits and a run through five innings. Eisenhower hit Ensz around in the sixth inning to cut down the deficit to 10-5, putting up four runs on three hits, including a three-run home run from Tanner Congleton.
Carroll’s Adam Theis went 4 for 4 in the second game.
“It’s always a good time playing Carroll,” Eisenhower coach Cary Dinkel said. “We’ve got a lot of connections with each other and we enjoy playing them. They’re a team with a lot of tradition and will help us prepare for regionals starting next week.”
|Eisenhower||323||010||0||—||9 12 1|
|Carroll||130||111||0||—||7 10 4|
W – Short. L – Freeman.
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|Carroll||311||500||x||—||10 10 0|
W – Ensz. L – Garcia. HR – Eisenhower, Congleton.