CLOSE PLAY … Edgerton third baseman Troy Wolfe applies the tag as Edon’s Connor Towers goes with the head first slide. (PHOTO BY RICH HARDING, STAFF)
By: Nate Calvin
EDGERTON-The Bulldogs blew open a close game with six runs in the third inning and closed out the game with three runs in the sixth to grab a 19-9 non-league win in six innings.
The ball game started strong for Edon with three runs in their first at-bat with Ethan Steinke drawing a leadoff walk, stealing second, and eventually scoring after two errors by Edgerton.
After Cole Vasquez singled and then moved up to second base on another Edgerton error, Caden Nester would single to center to score Vasquez make it 2-0.
With Nester at third after a single by Konnor Prince, Nester would score off an Edgerton error to give the Bombers a 3-0 lead.
After the Bulldogs got one run back in the bottom of the first, Edon answered with two runs in the second to extend their lead to 5-1 after a two-run double to left by Wade Parrish.
Edgerton would take the lead in the bottom of the second though as they started the inning with a bases loaded hit by pitch and a walk to trim the lead to 5-3.
With the bases still loaded, Noah Landel cleared the bases with a double to center to put the Bulldogs in front 6-5.
That setup the big third inning for Edgerton which started with a double by Jordan Warner.
After Warner scored on a groundball by Corey Everetts that was misplayed by the Edon first baseman, Gannon Ripke later singled to score Everetts and make it 8-5.
It was Landel’s turn again as he drove in his fourth run of the game with a single to extend the lead to 9-5.
The big inning continued for Edgerton as Ripke scored on an error and Bulldogs added two more runs with a bases loaded hit by pitch and then a walk to increase the lead to 12-5.
Edgerton continued to pour it on in the fourth with Warren Nichols knocking in two runs with a single and Creed Muehlfeld had an RBI single to push the lead to 15-5.
Edon fought back in the fifth behind an RBI double by Garrett Skiles, an RBI single by Prince, and a run scoring on a Carter Kiess grounder that was mishandled by the Edgerton second baseman to trim the deficit to 15-9.
Taking a 16-9 lead to the bottom of the sixth, Edgerton had two runners reach base on errors before Everetts brought them home with a double to make the score 18-9.
Kale Merillat then ended the game with a single to left to score Everetts and give Edgerton the win by mercy rule.
Landel finished the game 4-5 at the plate with five RBIs for Edgerton (3-4) and Everetts was 1-5 with four RBIs.
Prince had a three-hit game for Edon (1-5) while Vasquez and Connor Towers had two hits apiece.
Everetts pitched the first three innings to get the win for Edgerton while Steinke took the loss on the hill for the Bombers.
R H E
Edon 320 040 X 9 12 7
Edgerton 156 313 X 19 12 6
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