Vienna’s Eagles go 2-2 in six-day span

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Welcoming a pair of Highway 50 baseball teams to Maries County for a Saturday trifecta of baseball games, Tyler Shalbot’s Vienna Eagles took on Linn’s Wildcats and Blair Oaks’ Falcons.

In game one between the host Eagles and visiting Wildcats, it was a low-scoring affair that needed extra innings to decide it.

Loading the bases on an error, a hit batter and a walk, Eagle fifth-place hitter Tyler Schwartze ran the count full before drawing a walk-off walk scoring Logan Agan giving Vienna a 2-1 victory over Linn in eight innings.

Seeing Eagle starting pitcher Gavin Stricklan retire the Wildcats in order in the top of the first inning, Vienna’s offense went to work in the bottom half of the inning looking to get him a lead.

Hitting a one-out single to right field, Agan later scored on a McCrae Fuller RBI single to left field giving the Eagles an early 1-0 lead.

From that point, scoring opportunities for either team were scarce.

Stricklan and Linn’s Jackson Voss were locked into a pitcher’s duel that saw both hurlers combine to allow only six hits between the second and sixth innings.

Going into the top of the seventh with their 1-0 lead in tact, Vienna was three outs away from not having to bat in the bottom half of the inning.

That changed when a one-out walk to Linn’s Caden Robinson led to him scoring on an Aiden Kline RBI single tying the game at 1-1 heading to the home half of the seventh inning.

Levi Messersmith was hit by a pitch with one out before seeing the last two batters strike out sending the game into extra innings.

Recording the final two outs of the top of the seventh inning in relief of Stricklan, Agan retired Linn in order in the top of the eighth giving the Eagles a chance at a walk-off victory in the bottom of the eighth.

Agan reached on an error before Stricklan was hit by a pitch advancing him to second base.

A wild pitch then moved Agan and Stricklan up a base to second and third respectively before Fuller walked to load the bases for Schwartze.

Grinding out a seven pitch at-bat, Schwartze earned an RBI walk giving the Eagles a win to open Saturday baseball.

Game two saw Blair Oaks double up Linn 12-6 before the host Eagles took on the Falcons in the third game of the day from Vienna City Park.

Trailing 3-0 going into the bottom of the third inning, Vienna clawed their way back to within 3-2 thanks to single tally marks in the third and fourth innings.

Blair Oaks answered with three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh inning to hand Vienna an 8-4 loss.

Down 3-0 going to the bottom of the third inning, Vienna managed to get on the board.

Sutton Hauck led off with a single before stealing second base and advancing to third on a passed ball.

Hauck eventually scored on an Agan RBI ground out cutting Blair Oaks’ lead to 3-1 after three innings.

A scoreless top half of the fourth inning gave Vienna another chance to chip away at the deficit.

Schwartze was hit by a pitch before advancing to second on a wild pitch.

A Trenton Rowden ground out advanced Schwartze to third before a Messersmith RBI single trimmed the Falcon led to 3-2 after four innings.

A scoreless fifth inning led to Blair Oaks adding three runs in the top of the sixth on four hits and an error.

Now down 6-2, Vienna got two runs back on Rowden and Messersmith singles pulling back to within two at 6-4 after six innings.

Unable to get any closer, Vienna split their pair of Saturday games prior to a 3-2 home win over St. James.

Suffering a tough 3-1 loss on the road at St. Elizabeth Monday night, Vienna will host Gasconade Valley Conference (GVC) foe Bourbon today (Wednesday) with a 5 p.m., first pitch against the visiting Warhawks at Vienna City Park.