After falling behind to Drummond Tuesday on the road, the Solon Springs baseball team rallied late in the game to win 8-7. The Eagles had 10 hits in the game to just five for Drummond. Both teams had three errors apiece.
Drummond scored one run in the first and two in the second for the early advantage, and went on to extend the lead to 6-2 after five innings. The Eagles tied things up in the top of the sixth with four runs before Drummond retook the lead, 7-6.
Solon Springs scored two runs to start the seventh inning and then held Drummond scoreless to win 8-7.
The Eagles are now 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference. Head coach Nathan Ahlberg said it was a great win his team.
“We showed a lot by being down by four with six outs to go and coming back to tie the game,” Ahlberg said. “Even with Drummond taking the lead in the bottom of the sixth, we were able to get our first three runners on in to top of the seventh and push two across.”
For Drummond, Ken Knapp went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Doug Wickingson, who took the pitching loss for Drummond, went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, and Brian Best scored two runs.
Seniors Jorden Garay and Alex Rowe and freshman Caleb Utyro led the Eagles on offense. All three went 2-for-4 with Garay and Utyro each picking up two RBIs. Rowe scored three runs for Solon Springs, and he and Garay each added a double.
Freshman Cody Utyro, Caleb’s brother, was the winning pitcher for the Eagles. He allowed two hits in two innings. Nick Skaggs, also a freshman, picked up the save, striking out two while allowing no hits.
“I’m impressed with this kind of comeback from such a young team,” Ahlberg said. “Freshmen pitched five out of the seven innings tonight.”