Wet conditions made playing baseball tricky on Friday in Jasper but the season got underway for the Eagles and Lamar a couple of days later than expected.


 


Wet conditions made playing baseball tricky on Friday in Jasper but the season got underway for the Eagles and Lamar a couple of days later than expected.

Jasper and Lamar split a twin bill with the Tigers taking the opener 12-1 and the Eagles taking the mud-shortened second game 6-2.

“The umpire called the second game in the fourth inning because of field conditions,” said Jasper Coach Dustin Young. “We’ll take the win anyway, especially this early in the season and after the season opener was delayed.”

Two inches of rain on Thursday left a soggy field for the protagonists.

Lamar jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first game with four runs in the first and two in the second before Jasper got on the scoreboard with a bases-loaded walk to Austin Spencer in the third. The Tigers scored two more runs in the third and four in the fourth.

Jesse Hodge and Caleb Russell also managed to get one hit each against Lamar Pitcher Ross Means.

Jasper Pitcher Preston Storm pitched the entire game giving up five hits, seven earned runs and nine walks while striking out five.

“Means is a tough one, he’s one of the better pitchers in the area,” Young said. “We had a hard time getting hits and it didn’t help that we were walking batters.”

The second game turned out better for the Eagles with Jesse Hodge on the mound for three innings giving up two runs on two hits, four walks and four strikeouts.

Young said Matt Newman came on in the fourth to pitch a scoreless inning with one strikeout.

Offensively for the Eagles, Spencer had a two-run double. Jasper heads to Greenfield for its first conference match up at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday.