Vienna’s diamond Eagles post shutouts of Bourbon, Viburnum

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Suffering a tough 3-1 setback to St. Elizabeth’s Hornets last Monday afternoon, Tyler Shalbot’s Vienna Eagle baseball team hit the field last Wednesday looking to snap a two-game losing streak with Bourbon’s Warhawks in town.

Exploding for 12 runs in the  bottom of the third inning, Vienna went on to defeat their Gasconade Valley Conference (GVC) foes by a final score of 13-0 in five innings.

Scoreless going into the bottom of the first inning, Vienna quickly changed that when Timothy Schwartze singled and scored on a Gavin Stricklan RBI sacrifice fly giving the host Eagles an early 1-0 lead through one inning of baseball.

Following a scoreless second inning, the Eagle bats came to life in the bottom of the third inning.

Schwartze singled to lead off the bottom of the third before scoring on a Logan Agan RBI triple doubling Vienna’s lead to 2-0.

Agan’s stay on the base paths was short when Stricklan drove him in on an RBI double.

Also scoring in Vienna’s 12-run third inning were McCrae Fuller, Dylan Buschmann, Trenton Rowden, Levi Messersmith, Sutton Hauck and Nathan Kleffner.

Agan got another at bat in the inning making the most of it.

With Kleffner and Schwartze already on base, Agan hit a three-run home run over the center-field fence delivering the big blow of the inning.

Needing just 62 pitches in five innings, Hauck picked up the complete-game victory allowing just one hit and striking out three Warhawks while allowing no walks.

Vienna’s 12-run third inning against Bourbon also included a team cycle with a Schwartze single and a Stricklan double to go with a triple and a home run from Agan.

Hosting another GVC opponent last Thursday, Vienna welcomed Viburnum’s Blue Jays to Maries County all the way from northern Iron County.

Putting up crooked numbers in all four innings they batted, a seven-run bottom of the third inning helped the Eagles defeat the Blue Jays 15-0 in four innings.

Buschmann needed just 40 pitches in four innings to earn the complete-game win allowing one hit while striking out seven Viburnum batters.

Scoring three runs apiece for the Eagles against Viburnum were Schwartze and Fuller.

Crossing the plate twice included Agan and Stricklan.

Rowden, Buschmann, Stricklan, Agan and Schwartze all also recorded multi-hit games for Shalbot’s Eagles.

In the RBI department, Agan and Buschmann both drove in three runs each leading Vienna.

Facing Bourbon against Monday night to open the GVC Baseball Tournament in Cuba, Vienna scored two runs in the top of the first and sixth innings holding off the Wildcats 5-2.

A complete recap of the GVC Baseball Tournament for both Belle and Vienna will be in next week’s Advocate.