ARLINGTON — The Eagles topped the Bearcats in a nail-biter on Saturday, March 23, in a Wesco 4A North matchup that ended with a 6-5 Eagle victory.
Monroe and Arlington each scored a run in the first inning, tying them going into the second. The Bearcats used that opportunity to score four runs in the top of the second inning, and the Eagles could only return with one, giving Monroe a 5-2 lead going into the third.
But that’s when things got interesting.
The Eagles’ junior catcher, Josh Schempp, started to throw out Monroe players in their attempts to steal, while junior Bryce Human and junior pitcher Ryan Walker made base-hits, putting the pressure on the Bearcats. The team managed to keep Monroe scoreless for the rest of the game, while slowly putting up runs themselves. They scored two more runs in the third inning and one in the fifth, to tie the game at 5.
It was Human’s line drive in the bottom of the seventh inning that allowed Walker, who was 2-for-4 with two doubles, to run in for the final run, bumping the Eagles up to the lead and ultimately victory.
The Eagles’ record is now 1-0 in league and 2-1 overall. They are scheduled to face Mount Vernon at home at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27.