Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the seventh Grady Hotham smacked a hard ground ball passed a diving Jordan Lewis at third base to register the first hit for the Erskine Academy Eagles. That would be the only hit on the morning as Hotham wouldn’t get passed second base and they’d be shut out in the gem of a game pitched by senior Jacob Love in the 5-0 Messalonskee win.
Love dominated Erskine Academy Eagles from the opening inning, striking out seven of the first nine batters on his way to a 15 strikeout, one hit, one walk and one hit batsmen shut out. EA only had three batters stranded on the morning as they struggled all game to even create contact. Hunter Ford did get on base twice after getting hit in the 2nd inning and walking but popped out in the final inning.
Starting pitching was solid for Erskine Academy with senior Grady Hotham going five and third innings with just four hits, five strike outs and three walks. Hotham only gave up one earned run but two errors allowed three runs to cross the plate while Hotham was on the mound. Simon Clark dropped a foul ball that would have been the third out in the third inning that allowed Garrett Card to score the first run.
The top of the Messalonskee lineup was a problem for Erskine Acadmey. Card, Brendan Roderick and Denny Martin had all six of the Eagles’ hits from the 1, 3 and 4 spot while the 2nd batter Jack Hammond reached base twice on errors. Card and Hammond also each walked and those top four scored four of the five runs with the pinch runner for Martin after his RBI double scoring the fifth run. Love had an RBI groundout in the top of the seventh inning also.
Messalonskee moves to 3-2 and hosts Mt. Ararat on Monday.
Erskine Academy falls to 3-3 and hosts Leavitt on Monday.
Watch full game: https://centralmainesports.com/5-6-messalonskee-at-erskine-academy-baseball/