Biola force Royals’ hand

Eagles use four-run sixth inning to keep the Royals at bay in an exciting game one.

Kyle Kohner, Writer

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With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, down one to three and senior catcher Bria Madrid at the plate, Madrid launched a double through centerfield to put the Eagles in contention to win.

The Eagles started the afternoon off slow by going down three runs by the fourth inning. Freshman pitcher Kaile Chavez took the mound first and gave up two earned runs in 2.2 innings pitched. Sophomore reliever and corner infielder Selina Sherlin and senior pitcher  Kendall Maddox combined for solid relief work in the middle innings, limiting the Royals’ offense to zero runs.

Junior reliever Kimmy Triolo took the mound in the fifth inning and pitched well but gave up all of the team's four walks. However, it was enough to keep the Eagles in striking distance.

After Madrid tied the game in the sixth inning, senior third baseman Heather Hall took matters into her own hands with two runners on base. Hall, reminiscent of Madrid, lasered a double through centerfield to seal the deal against the Royals. The Eagles won with a final score of 5-3.

Trying to take momentum into their second game after the exciting first game, Biola fell flat, getting shutout by the Royals’ pitchers 0-7. The Eagles were held to only two hits. Triolo could not follow up her strong game one and did not record an out in her 12-pitch appearance.

Biola’s doubleheader split puts the Eagles at 17-21-1 on the season and 4-9 in Golden State Athletic Conference play. The Eagles continue their season Thursday April 7 at home against Antelope Valley.