By Anthony Rhoads
Eagle's Landing senior Mike Sanders might be the guy who has a scholarship to the University of Miami but he's not the only Golden Eagle player who can pitch.
B.K. Short worked five innings as Eagle's Landing beat Union Grove 11-6 Friday night on the road.
"That's two outstanding efforts we've had from him," Eagle's Landing head coach Troy Baker said.
Short retired the first eight batters, including five straight strikeouts in the first and second innings.
"That kid they had on the mound, hat's off to him," Union Grove head coach Vic Gongola said. "He did a great job."
Eagle's Landing started the game off with a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The scoring started when Adam Fine hit a solo homer and Brandon Johnson a two-RBI double to pad Eagle's Landing's lead. Johnson was 3-for-4 with one walk, two runs and two RBIs. Also getting multi-hits for Eagle's Landing were Fine (2-for-5, two RBIs) and Tres Moore (2-for-4).
Luke Murton slammed a solo home run in the second to give Eagle's Landing a 4-0 lead.
Eagle's Landing added two more runs in the third to take a 6-0 lead.
Union Grove came back with two in the fourth inning to cut Eagle's Landing's lead to 6-2.
Eagle's Landing batted around in the fifth inning, scoring five runs. Union Grove scored four in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 11-6.
No Union Grove player got more than two hits but Zach Blakeney went 1-for-2 with an RBI, walked once, reached base on an error once and scored two runs.
Eagle's Landing improves to 4-1 and returns to action Tuesday at home against Jonesboro to open Region 2-AAAAA play.
Union Grove drops to 2-5 and opens its Region 5-AA schedule Wednesday at Pace Academy.
"We've played Stockbridge twice, Eagle's Landing twice, Salem once, Eastside once and Burke County once," Gongola said. "It's a tough non-region schedule and we'll be ready for region."