The Tyrone Golden Eagle baseball team rode a monster six-run third inning to defeat the Hopewell Vikings, 8-1, to advance to the final four where they will get a chance for revenge against the Central Dragons.
After a slow game at the plate for Tyrone against Bedford on Monday, the Golden Eagle bats burst into flames on Thursday tallying nine hits with three starters putting up a multi-hit performance.
After not getting the start in the first game of state playoffs, Aiden Coleman was back on the bump for the Golden Eagles and continued his dominance of any lineup he’s tasked with facing.
Coleman owned the Hopewell lineup for the entire five innings he was on the mound. He surrendered only one run on one hit while striking out seven as the Viking lineup had no answers on how to catch up to the speed of Coleman’s fastballs.
After Coleman’s pitch count rose in the fifth inning, Rodney Shultz was brought in to close out the final two innings for Tyrone. Shultz picked up right where Coleman left off as he did not allow a hit over the final two innings. The one-two punch of Coleman and Shultz has been near untouchable late in the season for the Golden Eagles.
After being hitless through the majority of the first two innings, Tyrone got the spark they needed when Luke Brooks doubled on a missile to deep right-center field. Although he did not come across to score, his hit was the spark Tyrone needed to explode in the third.
Tyrone’s Brandon Lucas, Ross Gampe, and David Lang each contributed two hits with the three driving in a combined five runs, three of them off the bat of Gampe.
The third inning for Tyrone started just like the second ended when Zack LeGars scorched a double off the wall in dead center. The very next batter was Blaine Hoover and he started the scoring stampede when he lined a ball into the right-center gap, allowing LeGars to walk home to tie the game while he found himself standing on third with a three-base error.
The very next batter for Tyrone was Bryce Hunter, who would give the Golden Eagles the lead when he bounced a ball towards second base and used his blazing speed to beat it out, bringing Hoover home with ease to give Tyrone a 2-1 lead.
After Lucas and Rodney Shultz drew walks, Hunter was able to come around to score when a ball slipped past the Hopewell catcher and Hunter turned on the jets, extending Tyrone’s lead to 3-1.
With Tyrone already scoring three runs in the third, Gampe blew the game wide open when he smoked a ball right back up the middle for a base hit, allowing Lucas and Shultz to score easily.
Tyrone added their final run of the inning when Lang, who continued his hot start to the playoffs with two more hits in this game, doubled on a hard-hit ball to left-center, bringing Gampe around from second to score and extending Tyrone’s lead to 6-1.
Although the massive third inning was all Tyrone would need to put away the Vikings, they added two more in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back RBI hits by Lucas and Gampe.
With Thursday’s victory in the quarterfinals, Tyrone advances to the state semifinals on Monday where they will get a chance to avenge their loss in the district championship against the Central Dragons with a ticket to the state championship on the line. A site and time are to be determined.
Tyrone 8, Hopewell 1Hopewell — 1
Stala cf 2000, LaSala p 3000, Mullins c 2000, Arington dh-p 2000, Bounaiuto lf-p 0000, Gill 1b 2100, Eberhardt rf 3000, Kerec ss 3000, Fox 3b 3011, Katcher 2b 1000, Asvestas lf 2000. Totals: 23-1-1-1.
Tyrone — 8
Hunter cf 3101, Grazier ph 1000, Shultz ss-p 2100, Lucas 3b 3221, Gampe 1b 4123, Coleman p-rf 4000, Brooks dh 3010, Buck c 0000, Lang 2b-ss 3021, LeGars rf-lf 2110, Hoover lf-2b 3210. Totals: 28-8-9-6.
Score by Innings
Hopewell 010 000 0 — 1 1 3 Tyrone 006 200 x — 8 9 1 Errors: Katcher, Eberhardt, Bounaiuto; Lucas. LOB: Hopewell 5, Tyrone 6. 2B: Lucas 2, Brooks, Lang, LeGars. SB: Arington; Hunter, Hoover. HBP: Arington (by Coleman). CS: Shultz (by Mullins).
PitchingHopewell: LaSala — 2 2/3 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO; Arington — 2 1/3