Ninth inning rally sinks Eagles

The Eagles were unable to contain the heat of the ninth inning and fell to the Flames 5-7.

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Keaton Moore, Writer

Junior starting pitcher Jimmy Gallarda, the walk-off hero of the previous game against the College of Idaho, took the mound for the Eagles against Bethesda University. In a back and forth game, the Eagles lost 5-7 after the Flames rallied in the ninth inning.

Bethesda jumped ahead by two runs in the top of the second. The Eagles were quick to answer in the bottom of the second with a sacrifice fly from junior first baseman Rawley Hughes and an RBI single, hit by junior rightfielder Sam Thorne.

After another RBI single, the Eagles once again found themselves behind Bethesda in the bottom of the third. Their lead did not last long as senior third baseman Andres Rodriguez hit a sac fly and a fielding error at home gave the Eagles a 4-3 lead.

Aside from a fielder’s choice in the fifth inning, which tied the game 4-4, neither team scored until the Eagles jumped ahead in the bottom of the eighth. Junior shortstop Alec de Watteville hit his third homerun of the season, giving the Eagles a 5-4 lead.

Despite their one-run lead, the Eagles could not extinguish the Flames in the top of the ninth. After allowing a leadoff single and a walk, Gallardo left the mound after pitching 9.1 innings with 10 hits, six runs with three strikeouts.

He was relieved by junior left handed pitcher Buddy Brouwer, who had not given up a run through eight innings pitched from the bullpen. However, by the time he threw the last pitch three runs scored and the Flames kept their 5-7 lead through the rest of the game.

The Eagles, who are now 5-11, will take on the Westmont College Warriors in their next Golden State Athletic Conference matchup on Friday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.

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