To combat the 40-degee weather conditions the Sequoyah Eagles simply turned to their old fashion wooden bats to light up the fire Wednesday night.  

The effort resulted in an 8-2 baseball smoking of Hilldale.

The victory came in the nightcap of opening day for Sequoyah’s popular Wooden Bat Festival.

The Eagles’ Brett Price spread out three base hits over the seven inning game.  

Given a big lead early by his offense, the slender right hander seemed to be in firm command of his surroundings despite a good number of Hilldale runners on the base paths.

Eleven Hornets reached first base, but only two managed to come around to score.  A walk to the game’s first batter and a lead off single in the sixth did the trick.  

The first run allowed Hilldale to jump in front for a brief period.  

By the time the second run came home Price and the other Eagles had the game well in hand.

Like their junior varsity teammates did the previous contest, the Eagles proved they didn’t need just base hits to score runs.  

Two doubles, five singles, six walks, a hit batter, and three Hilldale fielding errors gave Sequoyah 17 runners on base.

Four came around to score in the bottom of the first.  Joe Valdez started it with a leadoff walk.  

Terry Quinton, wanting to advance Valdez over a base  to be in scoring position, followed with a base hit bunt.

With one out, Hansen helped matters by also waiting out a walk to load the bases.  A wild pitch let Valdez tie the contest and then Price singled to right to score Quinton.

Still fresh from a two-run homer in the earlier JV contest, River Northcutt batted next and he drove in two more runs with a double.

The first three Sequoyah hitters in the second inning added runs and so did the first batter in the third.  At that point the Eagles appeared to be on the way to a run rule victory.  As fast as the earlier runs were scored, they suddenly stopped, however.

During the final four innings the Eagles stranded seven runners in scoring position.

Price finished with seven strikeouts while giving up two walks.  He also hit a batter.

With the win, Sequoyah improved to 4-7, while Hilldale dropped to 6-10.

Sequoyah faces Chelsea at 7 p.m. tonight.

 

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