7-run first lifts Eagles over Demons

Northside did all of its damage in the first inning. It was considerable. The Eagles, at Warner Robins Wednesday for a non-region matchup, sent 16 men to the plate. It garnered seven of its nine hits – five straight singles the catalyst – and scored all seven of its runs.

The Demons could only answer with one in the bottom of the inning. That was to be it. Both managed a runner in the second, but both then went three and out in the third, fourth and fifth. Each also managed a runner in the sixth but in terms of offense, it had come and gone for both.

Warner Robins managed just three hits. Carson Meilinger didn’t have one of those, but he collected the only RBI on a fielder’s choice.

Noah Walker and Darius Clarington each had two to pace the visitor. Clarington earned two RBIs with his.

Ben Johnson worked five innings for the Demons – he obviously settled down. He gave up eight of the hits, walked two and struck out four. Jared Cruse worked the final two innings. He didn’t walk a batter and had zero strikeouts.

Hunter Price worked five innings for Northside. He gave up two hits, struck out six and walked two. Alijah McGhee finished out, striking out four and walking one.

The Eagles improved to 6-5 with the win – its third straight and second over the Demons (winning 10-0 back on Feb. 17). Warner Robins fell to 3-8. It was its fourth-straight loss.