March 27th, 2019

Eastern Defeats DeSales 12-2


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Eastern Defeats DeSales 12-2
Colts baseball loses to Eastern 12-2/ photo by Ed Peak

Eastern baseball coach TJ Graves was once the DeSales head man. So when ever Graves and his Eagles go against the Colts it’s a special.

The Eagles (3-2) were ready Tuesday rolling past DeSales 12-2 on a cold spring evening at Rex Robinson Field. Eastern started fast on a three run first inning home run deep over the left field fence by junior Andrew Delaney.

"He's our big boy," said Graves in his third season at Eastern after several years at Southern. "He works harder than anyone and it's showing."

Delaney, a first baseman also had a double off the left field fence and had two of the Eagles 13 hits. Eastern had lost two straight, but the Seventh Region team took nothing for granted in this game.

Starter senior Trent Robinson (2-0) who has committed to Southern Indiana, pitched five strong innings allowing two runs and three hits with 10 strikeouts. "Robinson is really a good athlete. Our pitching has been filling up the (strike) zone," said Graves.

On the other hand DeSales starting pitcher Garrett Mathews (0-2) struggled some. He was the losing pitcher last week in the opener against Pleasure Ridge Park. Mathews pitched four innings plus to one batter in the fifth allowing four runs and seven hits while striking out four and walking four, three in the first inning.

"I just have to throw more strikes, hit my spots more than against PRP,"said Mathews. "I just need to get there mentally. I'll get a few bullpens in and get better."

DeSales' Luke McClinton doubled home a run in the fifth as Devin Purcell scored after a leadoff single and a steal of second base. That made it a 3-1 game and the Colts got no closer.

DeSales freshman Alex Yurt pitched the sixth inning allowing four runs. Blake Sutton and Delaney had run scoring hits and Matthew Armstrong drove home two with a double off the fence.

"Yurt is a nice little player," said Sievert. "He's probably the smartest kid out there. That's why we got him in there for an inning so he could get a taste of it."

DeSales (3-4) shutout Monday in a 4-0 loss to Breckinridge County has been in somewhat of a hitting slump after sweeping a weekend doubleheader.

"We have a young team," said Sievert. "We have a nice sophomore class. I still think we can make a run this year."

As far Graves and his old coaching grounds."I'd be lying if I didn't say its always special when we play them. No question."


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