SPORTS NEWS FROM HARMONY I.S.D. by Charles Johnson:
HARMONY – The Harmony Eagle baseball team continued their onslaught against District 15-AAA opponents with a 10-0 victory over the Cumberland Academy Knights of Tyler last Tuesday evening at Eagle Park. Harmony broke open a close, 3-0 game with a seven run outburst in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Harmony scored first in the bottom of the first. Drew McNeel led off with a single. He took second base on a balk and stole third before J.P. Powers drove him across the plate with an infield grounder RBI.
The Eagles picked up two runs in the third inning Cameron Helpenstill led off with a single, and McNeel sacrificed him into all the way to third base. Helpenstill scored on Powers’ grounder which was booted by the Knights’ third baseman. After Powers stole second base, he was driven home by Caleb Hart’s RBI single as Harmony took a 3-0 lead.
Harmony sent thirteen batters to the plate in the fourth inning and scored seven of them to take a 10-0 lead. Nick Holescher led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. Collin Jones drew a walk, and Justin Wingfield laid down a bunt single to load the bases. Helpenstill made the Knights pay with a 2-RBI single. McNeel followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Wingfield.
After Helpenstill scored on a wild pitch, Powers singled and Easton Blackstone reached safely on an error. Hart followed with a RBI double, and Gage Goddard drove in Hart with a sacrifice fly after Hart stole third base. The game was called by the 10-run “mercy” rule after 4.5 innings.
Powers was the starting and winning pitcher for the Eagles. He received relief help from Goddard in the fifth frame. They combined for a three-hit shutout. Together they struck out 8 batters and issued only one walk. Goddard recorded all three outs in the fifth inning on strikeouts sandwiched around the lone walk.
Leading hitters for Harmony were Hart and Helpenstill who were both 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs. Jones was 2-for-2 with a double; McNeel was officially 1-for-1 with two sacrifices and a RBI; and Powers had two RBIs in going 1-for-3.
With the win, Harmony’s record improves to 15-4. The Eagles are a perfect, 5-0, in district play. Harmony will host the West Rusk Raiders on Friday, April 7, in a 6:00 P.M. contest.
HARMONY 10 CUMBERLAND ACADEMY 0
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
CA 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 3 3
H 1 0 2 7 x – 10 9 1
J.P. Powers, Gage Goddard (5), and Easton Blackstone; Jackson Woodard, Peyton Chamness (4), Sam Wheeler (4), and Parker Smith; WP – Powers; LP – Woodard; 2B – CA: William Blalack; H: Collin Jones, Caleb Hart; LOB – CA: 3, H: 5.