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Northeast Eagles Baseball gets 4-3 win Over Tullahoma Wildcats for Second Tournament victory

Game Winning hit by Devin Runkle

Northeast High School EaglesClarksville, TN – Northeast Eagle Devin Runkle hit a walk off RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning to seal his team’s come from behind win over the Tullahoma Wildcats 4-3.

Runkle had gone 0-for-3 with two walks and a pop fly before coming to bat with one out and one runner on second and his team tied 3-3 with the Wildcats. He was facing Wildcat pitcher, Dixon, who had taken the mound in the fifth and shut down the Eagles, three up and three down, in the sixth.

Northeast Eagles beat Tullahoma Wildcats 4-3.
Northeast Eagles beat Tullahoma Wildcats 4-3.

Runkle waited for his pitch and then hit a high fly ball into right field that curved in the wind toward the foul pole at the end of the first base line. Everyone at the field watched, mesmerized until the ball finally dropped to the ground

The ball clipped the first base line and was called fair, finishing the comeback orchestrated by the Eagles.

The Eagles had opened their second game of the day in the William Workman Classic baseball tournament falling behind 2-0 in the first inning. Held at bay for three innings by Wildcats’ starting pitcher Tyler Burns, the eagles did not get their first hit and score until the bottom of the fourth.

They plated two more runs in the fifth to tie the game and Runkle did the rest in the seventh.

Evan Frawley, picked up the win. He relieved Canaan Tucker in the middle of the third inning and held the Wildcats scoreless from three hit’s in the last 4 2/3 innings.

No Eagle made more than one hit in the game. Runkle was one of four Eagles with an RBI in the game.

The Wildcats took control of the game from the beginning and kept it firmly for three innings. While the Eagles struggled, they scored three runs from five hits.

Burns had struck out the first two Eagles batters in the bottom of the fourth, when Luke Veltri hit a high pop fly that was missed by a Wildcat outfielder. Veltri made it to second on the error and was then driven in by Kyle Primasing for the Eagles first score of the game.

The Eagles did not get many runners in play, but they took full advantage of them when they did after the third inning. In the fourth, Frawley led off with a single and later scored on a sac grounder.

Ben Wilford brought in the game-tieing run with a line drive to the gap in right/center for an RBI single.

Burns allowed one run from two hits, walked four and struck out six while on the mound for 5 1/3 innings. His relief, Dixon, allowed two runs including the game winner, from three hits with one strike out.

The win over the Wildcats was the Eagles second win of the day in the William Workman Classic Baseball Tournament. Next they will play Christian County at home 5:00pm Friday, April 11th.

Box Score

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Tullahoma Wildcats 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 8 2
Northeast Eagles 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 4 5 3
Marlon Scott
Marlon Scott
Marlon Scott is a freelance journalist and writer. He graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Communications, majoring in Communication Arts with a concentration in print and web journalism. His writing career began as a sports writer for The All State, the APSU student newspaper, in 2006. He continued working for the paper until his graduation, serving in various positions including Sports Editor and Editor-in-Chief. In 2010, Scott contributed stories and photographs as well as designed and served as Editor-in-Chief for the monograph, Civic Art of Clarksville: The stories behind the pieces. Scott has also produced 60 stories for The Leaf Chronicle. You can find him on twitter @theMarlonScott and on Facebook

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