AVALON — The Avalon Eagles made the most of their scoring opportunities Tuesday to pick up a second consecutive win in district play. Avalon used two five-run innings on its way to a run-rule win over Blum, 12-2.
The win was the 10th this season for (10-2, 3-1) Avalon and first-year head coach John De La Garza, which matches the season total from one year ago.
Eric Smith (5-0, .750 ERA) continued his already stellar season on the bump with a five-inning complete game. The right-handed hurler struck out seven batters, scattered three hits and allowed just one first-inning unearned run courtesy an infield error after a Bobcat triple.
The Eagles collected just seven hits on the evening but most came after at least one of the six walks or two hit batters afforded by the Blum pitching staff.
In the first inning, Dillon Martin led off with a walk before being moved to second on a Blum balk. Martin scored on the next pitch via a Dylan Chambers bunt to tie the game at one.
Smith followed with a single to left field and Austin Johnson laid down a bunt to — thanks to an infield error — load the bases full of Eagles with still no outs in the bottom of the first inning. A walk, groundout, and strikeout plated the next four Eagles for a 5-1 Avalon lead.
A single back up the middle by Rhett Newton in the bottom of the second inning scored courtesy runners Jose Contreras-Rojas and Jose Morones for a six-run Eagle lead. Newton led the way for the Eagles with three RBIs, while Hopgood and Chambers each had two.
Avalon went on to hang a second five spot on the Bobcats in the bottom of the third inning to move into a tie for third place in District 15-2A.
Although originally scheduled for a road game, the Eagles will host Covington Friday afternoon at 5 p.m.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith