The Elsberry Indians pulled off their first win of the season on Saturday morning during the seventh inning of game two of a double header against Orchard Farm.
After losing game one to the Eagles 7-3, the Indians found themselves trailing 4-3 in the final inning of game two when Jay Ogden’s double to right field drove in two runs and provided a come from behind victory.
Starting pitcher Zach Rimel lasted four innings, gave up three runs on four hits and allowed one stolen base.
Winning pitcher Brandon Mound took over during the final three innings and allowed one run on five hits.
“We’ve got quite a few kids who can throw but a lot of them are untested,” said Indians Head Coach Shannon Wells.
Offensively, Dylan Howard went 2 for 3 with a stolen base and scored one run while Caleb Eisenbath drove in two runs and provided a sacrifice bunt.
Ogden, whose double drove in the winning runs, went 1 for 4, while Chris Hency went 1 for 3 and Grant Black went 2 for 3 driving in one run.
Starting pitcher Kyle Eisenbath took the loss in game one against Orchard Farm, going four and two-thirds innings and allowing seven runs on seven hits.
Relief pitching came courtesy of Howard, who took the mound for the final two and one third innings.
Hitting during game one of Saturday’s double header was provided by Caleb Eisenbath who went 1 for 4, as well as Howard who went 2 for 4 and drove in two runs.
Ogden went 1 for 4 and drove in one run, while Michael Ligon went 3 for 3 with a double, a stolen base and three runs batted in.
“I’d like to see Michael Ligon step up and lead the team offensively this year,” said Wells.
Also contributing offensively were Rimel, who went 1 for 4, as well as Kyle Eisenbath and Alex Henke who each went 1 for 2.
Saturday’s win came on the heels of some tough loses to Winfield and Palmyra to start off the season.
The Indians lost to the Winfield Warriors on Friday night by a final score of 12-7 with starting pitcher Josh Phillips taking the loss.
Caleb Eisenbath went 2 for 4 during that game, scoring twice and driving in one run, while Howard went 1 for 4 and scored one run.
Ogden also put up some impressive numbers, going 2 for 4 with a stolen base, as did Ligon, who went 1 for 3, scoring once and driving in two runs.
Rounding out Elsberry’s offense were Rimel, who went 1 for 3 and Black, who went 2 for 3 and scored one run.
Elsberry lost to Palmyra during the season opener on March 19 by a final score of 12-7, with starting pitcher Caleb Eisenbath taking the loss.
“I felt that we actually did pretty well for most of that game,” said Wells. “That was the first time we had been on the field. We were dealing with the cold and we really hadn’t seen any live pitching yet at all.”
Kyle Eisenbath also took the mound that night, lasting four innings and giving up three runs.
“I think starting pitching is going to be one of our strengths,” said Wells. “Where we’re going to run into trouble is in our relief pitching.”
Hitting was provided by Caleb Eisenbath, who went 1 for 3 with a stolen base, Black, who went 1 for 1 and drove in two runs and Rimel, who went 1 for 3 and drove in one run.
Ligon and Kyle Eisenbath also had impressive showings during the season opener, going 2 for 3 and 1 for 3 respectively.
“We had an opportunity to score multiple runs in the last inning. Except for just a couple of plays here and there it could have been a different situation,” said Wells. “We really just had one bad inning. I was pretty happy with the kids and how they kept playing hard and didn’t give up.”
Wells is taking the team’s ups and downs in stride and said they will improve with increased time on the field, something the weather hasn’t allowed for lately.
“Fans should expect to see a young raw team right now,” said Wells. “We’re trying to pull everything together. Until we can start working together as a cohesive unit things are going to take a little time.”