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Bobcats paste Eagles

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Sports Editor

Andrew Eckman was a busy young man the afternoon of April 8.

Not only did the Thayer Bobcats' fireball-throwing junior fan 11 Liberty Eagles, he also finished off the game with a hit that brought in the last run of the contest, as the host Bobcats roughed up the Eagles 10-zip in five innings of SCA play.

While posting double digits in strike outs, Eckman allowed only three hits and three walks during his stint on the mound.

The Bobcats never really seemed threatened in the game, as they jumped out in front and hit cruise control.

Anthony Martin posted Thayer's first run-batted-in of the day with a sacrifice fly in the home-half of the first to put the Bobcats up 1-0.

Building onto this lead, the Bobcats tacked on two more runs in the second.

Carl Hunter led off in the frame with a shot that bounced over the 300-foot mark in left field for a ground-rule double. Hunter later moved to third before swiping home on a passed ball to score Thayer's first run of the inning.

With the bases juiced three batters later, Aaron Henry delivered a sacrifice fly that plated a run, boosting the Bobcats' advantage to 3-0.

While the Bobcats were racking up runs, Eckman was keeping the Eagle bats in check by fanning six of the first eight Liberty hitters he faced.

Dustin Hatterman logged Thayer's next RBI on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the third, giving the Cats a 4-zip lead.

Not content with a four-run cushion, the Bobcats rounded home three times in the fourth, two times thanks to Eagle miscues.

Helping his own cause, Eckman poked a hit through the infield that brought Henry in to score, before Thayer picked up a pair of un-earned runs in the frame.

Hunter reached first on an error as John Tollenaar crossed the plate, and Bradley Harper smoked a shot that should have been caught in left field, but was dropped, allowing Eckman to scamper home, giving the Bobcats a 7-0 lead after four.

The Cats finished off Liberty with three more runs in the fifth to run-rule the Eagles.

Another hit to left was dropped, plating a run, and setting up the big hammer of Martin.

He responded by jacking a double down the left field line that scored Tollenaar.

Eckman then stepped into the box and wrapped up a productive effort by knocking Martin in with a hit to left, ending Thayer's 10-0 blanking of Liberty.

Eckman logged two ribbies on a pair of hits, while Martin accounted for two RBIs on a double. Henry had a hit and run-batted-in, and Hunter added a double. Harper rang up a single and Hatterman posted an RBI for Thayer.



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