Missed chances for Eagles in loss

ARLINGTON — The first two innings of Tuesday's game against Black River proved pivotal for the Arlington baseball team. A slow start, followed by failing to score with bases loaded and one out in consecutive inning, doomed the Eagles as they lost to Black River 9-2 to drop to 3-4 on the season.

The Eagles were down before they came up to bat in the bottom of the first inning as Black River got to Arlington starter Matt Ritchie early, scoring four runs to grab an early lead.

Arlington battled back in the bottom half of the inning, getting back-to-back hits by Darren Golden and Jared Lacoste to leadoff the inning.

After Jack Lane lined a single into left field, the Eagles had bases loaded with Alex Paustian coming up to the plate.

Paustian then lined a fly ball into center field that unfortunately for the senior just held up long enough for the Presidents' centerfielder to flag it down, ushering Lacoste to tag up from third base.

Trying to score, Lacoste came up empty for the Eagles as the senior was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

"We were just unlucky there," said Arlington baseball coach Tim Stewart, "A perfect throw was going to be the only way to throw out Jared there and Black River's centerfielder made a perfect throw and a great play. We just have to make our own breaks."

Ritchie settled down for Arlington in the second inning and went on to only to give up more run in his five innings pitched on the mound for the Eagles.

Arlington started off hot again to begin the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases up again with just one out.

The Eagles though again came up empty with bases loaded as Golden struck out, followed by Lacoste grounding out to second base to end the inning.

"We hit the ball well today, but just couldn't string anything together," Stewart said. "I think we need to bunt more in some situations. We have to be more aggressive out there on the bases and make things happen."

Down now 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Arlington finally got on the board on a RBI groundout by Jack Lane that scored Lacoste who led off the inning with a single.

Both Lacoste and Lane, along with Bailey Cross each had a team-high two hits in the contest for Arlington.

Lane reached base three times for Arlington in the contest.

Black River answered Arlington's run in the next inning, breaking the game open with a four-run frame to extend its lead to 9-1.

Arlington took advantage of an error by the Presidents' third baseman to cut the it deficit to seven, but that was it for the Eagles who dropped to its second straight loss.

Colin Duffany had a hit and a run scored for Arlington in the loss.

"We again got off to a slow start and fell behind early," Stewart said. "Hopefully our luck will change on Thursday against Proctor."

Reach sports editor Steven Bassin at 802-447-7567 ext 112 or @SBassin_Banner


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