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Hornets Hold Off Eagles For 6-5 Victory

Sam Imeson pitches for the Eagles.

BRIDGEWATER - Shenandoah held off Bridgewater in the Eagles' final two at-bats Monday to take a 6-5 victory in ODAC action.

The Hornets jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the top of the second inning. Luke Nussman led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on Chase Smallwood's single. Nick Goode then worked his way on with a walk to load the bases with no outs. Nussman was forced out at the plate on a grounder to third baseman Parker Mead, but Tristan Baker followed with a two-run single up the middle to put the Hornets on the scoreboard.

The Eagles responded with two run in the bottom half of the second to tie the score. Luke Paczewski led off with a single and Brett Jones was hit by a pitch. Kevin Navedo then bunted a pitch over the pitcher's head and the throw to second was not in time to record an out as the Eagles had the bases loaded with no outs. Michael Morgan walked to force in a run and Mead plated a run with a sacrifice fly to tie the score.

Shenandoah regained the lead with two runs in the sixth inning. With two outs, Smallwood singled and moved to third on a double by Goode. Delavergne scored both runners with a double to left for a 4-2 Hornets lead.

Two runs in the top of the eighth padded the Hornets' lead to 6-4. Nussman led off with a walk, took second on a wild putch and moved to third on a bunt single by Smallwood. Goode was retired on a fly ball to left with Smallwood tagging up and advancing to second. With the infield in, Delavergne hit a grounder to short where Jacob Talley made a backhanded play and threw a strike to the plate to nail Nussman for the second out of the inning. Baker then reached on an infield single and a throwing error on the play allowed Smallwood to score, making the score 5-2. Grant Thompson walked to load the bases and Robert Marcelle walked to force home a run, giving the visitors a 6-2 lead.

The Eagles fought back in their final two innings, but came up a run short.

Bridgewater tallied twice in the bottom of the eighth inning. Brett Lysohir led off with a single and, with one out, moved up on a single by Jacob Grabeel. Talley followed with a line single to center, scoring Lysohir to make the score 6-3. King walked to load the bases and Paczewski followed with a single to center, scoring Grabeel to make it 6-4. Talley also tried to score on the Paczewski hit, but leftfielder Goode made a strong throw to the plate to retire Talley. Jones walked to load the bases but Shenandoah reliever Tyler Ritenour struck out Cameron Stanley to end the Eagles threat.

With one out in the ninth, Lysohir belted a solo homer to left off Michael Bugonowicz to make it a one-run game, but Bugonowicz retired the next two batters to preserve the 6-5 win for the Hornets. 

Bridgewater, now 11-7-1 overall and 1-4 in the ODAC, returns to action Saturday when the Eagles travel to Randolph-Macon for a conference doubleheader.