Eagle baseball team wins one, loses one
The Solon Springs baseball team went 1-1 late last week, winning 7-3 Thursday at Hurley and losing 15-5 in five innings Friday at Ironwood, Mich.
Drake Debeir was the winning pitcher against Hurley, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits over four innings. He also struck out seven and walked four before giving way to Ethan Skaggs, who allowed one hit, no earned runs, and struck out two over the last three innings.
“Drake showed improvement on the mound from his last start,” SSHS coach Nate Ahlberg said. “He ran up his pitch count by getting into many three-ball counts, so he still needs to be more efficient with his pitches, but he did a great job of throwing breaking balls for strikes.
“Ethan also pitched well in relief.”
Offensively for the Eagles, Ben Monson had a hit and two RBIs, and Debeir, Skaggs, Christian Sellwood and Alex Hunter had a hit apiece.
“Ben also made a great diving play with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning,” Ahlberg said. “Two runs likely score if he doesn’t make that catch and the inning continues.
“Great production from another freshman.”
The Eagle suffered their first loss of the season at Ironwood.
“Ironwood played a very strong game,” Ahlberg said. “They’ve always been a good hitting team and this year is no different. Four of their 10 hits went for extra bases, including a home run. Their pitcher pitched a solid game and they didn’t commit an error. They deserved a comfortable win.”
Chase Latvala doubled, singled, scored two runs and knocked in two others to lead the Eagles on offense.
Denbeir was also 2-for-3 and Skaggs had an RBI single.
Alex Hunter suffered the loss, allowing seven runs in three innings. He also allowed six hits with four strikeouts and four walks.
Solon Springs started strong with two runs in the top of the first inning.
The Eagles didn’t score again until they were down by 13 runs in the fifth inning. That’s when Latvala hit a two-run double and scored on an error.
Solon Springs fell to 3-2 overall and Indianhead Conference with a 17-4 five-inning loss to Washburn Monday at home.
The Eagles host Mellen Friday before playing in the Bruce Tournament Saturday.
Solon Springs 001 033 0 — 7 6 4
Hurley 010 101 0 — 3 4 6
Solon Springs 200 03 — 5 6 5
Ironwood 430 8x — 15 10 0