The Solon Springs High School baseball team split an Indianhead Conference doubleheader with Ironwood Monday, May 6, in Solon Springs, losing 6-4 and winning 11-1 in six innings.
In the opener, the Eagles led 3-1 after three innings and 4-3 after five only to see the Red Devils tied it up in the sixth and win it with two runs in the top of the seventh.
“We were able to build an early lead with Drake (Debeir) throwing well,” SSHS coach Nathan Ahlberg said. “However, errors cut into his pitch count and he was forced out of the game in the sixth. Unfortunately we were not able to hold onto the lead.”
Debeir allowed six hits with eight strikeouts and three walks before giving way to Cody Latvala with one out in the sixth inning.
The Eagles had five hits, including a double, single and RBI from Gage Blaylock. Alex Hunter added a hit and RBI, and Debeir singled.
“We had too many lazy fly balls and not enough line drives,” Ahlberg said. “But we were able to change that going into game two.”
Solon Springs jumped all over Ironwood in game two with five runs in the top of the first inning.
“We did a nice job of getting an early lead with the help of two Ironwood errors,” said Ahlberg, whose Eagles batted around the order thanks to two hits, three walks and a hit batter.
The Eagles finished with 10 hits, led by Hunter, 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Hunter also picked up the win, allowing three hits with three strikeouts and five walks in five innings.
“Alex threw another good game in the nightcap, he used his curveball effectively,” Ahlberg said. “He did walk too many, but erased two of those walks with pickoffs at first.”
Debeir and Aaron Pfister both had two hits and two RBIs for the Eagles, now 8-3 overall and in the IC.
Solon Springs plays at Drummond Thursday, May 9; at Butternut/Mercer Friday, May 10; and against Bruce (9 a.m.) and Winter (11 a.m.) at the Bruce Tournament Saturday, May 11.