Big fifth in­ning helps power the Ea­gles past Pan­thers


Spe­cial to the Whig

— For the first four-and-a-half in­nings Mon­day af­ter­noon, Bo­hemia Manor and Per­ryville en­gaged in a back-and-forth bat­tle that saw one team score, only to have the op­po­si­tion re­spond with a run of its own.

The Ea­gles fi­nally broke the game open in the bot­tom of the fifth in­ning to pull away from the vis­it­ing


Pan­thers and earn an 11-6 vic­tory in the 1A North Re­gion Sec­tion I base­ball semi­fi­nals. Bo Manor ad­vances to face Pat­ter­son Mill in the sec­tion fi­nal on Wed­nes­day.

“We never backed down. We al­ways came back,” Bo Manor’s Bryan Bell said. “We have to find a way to get ahead. Ev­ery­one chipped in. We felt the urge to score as many runs as we can. We couldn’t lose this game.”

The Ea­gles (16-3) opened the scor­ing when they scored a pair of runs in the bot­tom of the first on a Tyler Fer­gu­son RBI sin­gle and a Joseph Gar­rett RBI sac­ri­fice fly.

Dal­las John­son put Per­ryville on the board in the sec­ond when he scored on an er­rant pick­off throw, but Bo Manor took ad­van­tage of a cou­ple of Pan­ther mis­cues to score twice in the bot­tom half of the in­ning to in­crease its lead to 4-1.

Charles Cum­mings brought Per­ryville back to within a run, at 4-3, with a two-run sin­gle in the top of the third, but once again, the Ea­gles had a re­sponse. Bo Manor scored runs on a Josh Heath RBI sin­gle and a Gage Walk­lett fielder’s choice to make it 6-3.

After a quiet fourth in­ning, the Pan­thers bat­tled back to within a run when they scored twice in the top of the fifth, but that was a close as they we would get as Bo Manor had one last re­sponse.

The Ea­gles ex­ploded for five runs in the fifth as Bell drove in two runs with a sin­gle and Fer­gu­son plated another with a sin­gle, while two other runs came in on er­rors.

“We just had good at-bats to­day,” Bo Manor coach Gary John­son said. “They walked a fine line of be­ing ag­gres­sive and be­ing pa­tient at the same time. I think we had 10 hits and eight walks. That means we were pick­ing out good pitches to hit to­day. We didn’t swing at too many pitches out­side the zone to­day.”

Per­ryville (9-10) im­proved de­fen­sively from last sea­son, but seven er- rors doomed the nor­mally solid de­fense and ended its sea­son.

“We set out to be .500 or bet­ter in the reg­u­lar sea­son, and we fin­ished .500. A lot of the games could have gone dif­fer­ent ways where we had one- or two-run losses, and we had some ex­train­ning losses,” Per­ryville coach Ja­son Gun­ning said. “They fought a lot, and they were al­ways into the game. I just wish we could have hit a lit­tle bet­ter, and in this game, our de­fense was solid all year, but it just kind of blew up in our face.”

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