CANTON—It was a rough ending to a long 2018 regular season for the Canton-Galva High baseball team on Thursday when they dropped both ends of a home doubleheader to Lincoln, losing the first game 25-21 before dropping the second game 15-5.
In game one the Eagles began the slugfest by pouring across eight runs in the first and another four in the second to take an early 12-4 lead. Lincoln chipped away at the Canton-Galva advantage by scoring in every inning except the first, getting two in the third, six in the fourth and one in the fifth, while the Eagles added five more to still hold an advantage of 17-13 heading into the sixth inning.
Lincoln pushed across three in the top of the sixth, while Canton-Galva added four to hold a 21-16 lead going into the final inning of regulation play. Unfortunately, Lincoln knocked across another five runs while shutting down the Eagles to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, the guests pushed across another four runs while shutting down the Eagles for just the third time in the game, giving the Eagles a heartbreaking eight-inning 25-21 loss.
The Eagle bats knocked out 24 hits in the game, all of them singles except for a double by Andrew Prieb and a triple by Chase French who went five-for-five for the game, while scoring four runs. Andre Patton and Jonah Sargent each had four hits, while five other Eagles had two each.
Working the mound for the Eagles was Richard Peterson, Andrew Prieb and Keaton Littrell.
Game two was close until the top of the fifth, as the Eagles held a 5-4 lead after four innings before Lincoln exploded for 11 runs in the top of the fifth to take the 15-5 victory and sweep of the doubleheader.
Unlike the first game, the Eagle bats were near silent as they managed just five hits in game two, though they did pick up nine walks giving them 20 in two games on the day.
Pitching in game two for Canton-Galva was Brayden Collins, Nick Pearson, Jonah Sargent and Brayden Minson.
With the double loss, the very young Eagles close out the regular season with a 2-18 record. Young as in seven freshman and three sophomores on a squad of just 12 players, the Eagles now prep for Class 2-1A Regionals which is scheduled for Monday, May 14 at Moundridge.
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