Ten-run first frame carries Elwood to triumph over Eastbrook

After an excellent outing against Southwood, the Eastbrook Panthers were unable to keep their momentum going last Tuesday night, as Elwood scored early and often in a 20-8 rout.

Elwood took full control of the game early, scoring 10 of their 20 runs in the first inning. Six runs came in the third, while the Panthers also scored two runs in each the second and third frames.

“The first inning consisted of mental and physical errors that compounded into bigger problems,” Eastbrook Head Coach Ryne Brown said. “Elwood came out swinging and hit the ball well but we had opportunities to get ourselves out of the inning but were not able to take advantage of them.  Even though Brody didn’t make it out of the first inning he pitched pretty well for us but we weren’t able to make the plays behind him that he needed so we ended up have to move on fairly quickly to attempt to throw something different at them.”

Eastbrook scored seven of their eight runs in the bottom of the fourth, but they never really threatened Elwood’s advantage.

Dylan Bragg led the Eastbrook offense, finishing 3-for-3 from the plate with double, a run scored, and an RBI. Joshua Pluimer went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and two RBI, while Jason Hale also drove in two runs.

As a whole, the Eastbrook pitching staff struggled, combining for 16 walks and just four strikeouts. Blake Mitchell pitched 2.1 innings, allowing three hit and two earned runs, while Austin Hollars gave up a hit and two runs scored in 1.1 innings of action.

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