By Kedrick Storey/Southern Sentinel
GREENVILLE – With innings limited for Falkner ace Will Robertson after going the distance on Monday coach Chip Johnson said his Eagles had to have innings from someone else in Thursday’s Game 1 of their best-of-three series with St. Joseph.
Johnson found those innings in Trevor Wilson and Cameron Russell and the Eagles broke a tie in the top of the fifth, then held on for a 7-5 victory over St. Joseph.
Wilson hit the go-ahead single, scoring Dallas Hill, and Robertson pitched the final three innings, striking out five, including the final out to seal the victory.
“We told Will before the game if we had the lead in the fifth inning, he would finish it out,” said Johnson. “We were fortunate to get a little two-out magic in the fifth and scratch out a run. Trevor and Cameron gave us some good innings and bought us some time. This was a total team win.”
The series shifts back to Falkner today for Game 2 at 6 p.m.
“We thought Robertson would start and that sort of threw our game plan off,” said St. Joseph coach Chris Williams. “We figured we’d see him at some point, and I think some of our kids bought into the hype. He’s a senior and he’s been here before.”
The Eagles took an early 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning and chased Fighting Irish starter Jacob Reifers. Reifers hit a batter and walked another for Wesley Murphy who delivered a two RBI-double. Reifers then hit Tyler Windsor, before a two-run triple by Logan Wilbanks scored Murphy and Windsor ahead of a RBI single by Robertson made it 5-0.
St. Joseph battled back thanks to a home run by Raines Rester, who finished the game for the Fighting Irish. His two-run double in the fourth inning tied the game.