No-hitter invokes mercy rule
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs baseball team made short work of the visiting Waxachachie Faith Family Eagles in a mercy rule shortened 10-0 victory Feb. 17.
The regular season home opener got underway with both teams trading outs for two innings without any scoring. In the third inning the Eustace offense woke from its slumber and rattled in five runs to vault them to a 5-0 lead.
After shutting down Faith Family in the top of the fourth inning for zero runs, the Bulldogs continued their offensive tear, brining home four more baserunners and creating a 9-0 lead for Eustace.
The Bulldogs needed only two more innings to close out the game. After a scoreless fifth inning, Eustace came out in the sixth and successfully pitched and defended to preserve the 9-0 score. In the bottom half of the inning they proceeded to score the last run needed to invoke the 10-run mercy rule to end the game early, a 10-0 Eustace win in six innings.
The strong pitching, defense and explosive bats are a good sign for the Bulldogs heading into the upcoming spring tournaments, including the Eustace Tournament this week Feb. 20-22.
Most of the Bulldogs got involved in the offense against Faith Family, and were led by leadoff hitter Chance Scott who went 3-4 with two runs scored, 1 stolen base and 2 RBIs. Ryan Brown made the most of his one hit in four plate appearances with a RBI, run scored and a stolen base. Sam Abrahamson went 2-4 with 2 RBIs, Forest Lane had two hits in four trips to the plate to go with his 2 runs and 1 RBI.
Rusty Rogers pitched six hitless innings for Eustace, allowing only 2 walks while striking out 9 Faith Family hitters.