Vienna Eagle baseball stings Laquey’s Hornets

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

With only one day to put aside a heartbreaking 1-0 eight-inning loss at South Callaway, Tyler Shalbot’s Vienna Eagles welcomed Laquey’s Hornets to Maries County for a non-conference baseball showdown Friday night.

Banging out eight runs in the bottom of the first inning, Vienna gave starting pitcher McCrae Fuller more than enough run support going on to a 15-0 mercy rule victory in three innings over Laquey.

Pitching around a single and an error in the top of the first inning, Vienna’s offense quickly went to work in the bottom half of the inning.

Dylan Buschmann led the inning off being hit by a pitch before Logan Agan walked to set up Fuller with a chance to help his own cause.

Fuller reached on an error allowing Agan to score giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead after Buschmann scored on a wild pitch.

Gavin Stricklan and Trenton Rowden both singled and scored later in the inning.

Timmy Schwartze and Levi Messersmith were both hit by a pitch before also scoring as a part of Vienna’s eight-run first inning.

Striking out the side in Laquey’s half of the second inning, Fuller led off the bottom of the second with a double before scoring on a Stricklan RBI ground out.

Nathan Kleffner walked and scored on a Messersmith RBI single pushing the Eagle lead into double digits.

Another perfect inning from Fuller in the top of the third inning led to more offense from the Eagles.

Agan added to his first-inning walk with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the third inning.

Fuller walked and scored on a pair of Laquey errors before Spencer Wieberg reached on an error and scored on a Trace Clark RBI ground out to end the game.

Last Thursday in Mokane against South Callaway’s Bulldogs, Agan and Bulldog pitcher Tyler Lepper engaged in a classic pitcher’s duel.

Scoreless through seven innings, South Callaway turned a walk, a wild pitch and a single into the game’s only run handing the Eagles a tough 1-0 extra-inning loss.

Vienna will return to action on Monday, May 6 with Maries County bragging rights and the Gasconade Valley Conference (GVC) baseball regular season title on the line with a 5 p.m., first pitch for varsity action in Vienna.

In two previous meetings, Vienna defeated Belle 6-5 in the GVC Tournament and 11-0 at Calvary Lutheran’s tournament.