ELGIN STARTS TITLE DEFENSE WITH SWEEP

April 16, 2001 12:00 am
OUT AT HOME: Union's Tim McReynolds (right) was tagged out at home by Elgin's Blake Eckstein in the sixth inning of the first game Saturday. Elgin, the defending Wapiti League champion, won both contests. (The Observer/C.J. GISH).
OUT AT HOME: Union's Tim McReynolds (right) was tagged out at home by Elgin's Blake Eckstein in the sixth inning of the first game Saturday. Elgin, the defending Wapiti League champion, won both contests. (The Observer/C.J. GISH).

By C.J. Gish

Observer Staff Writer

ELGIN Union gave the defending Wapiti League baseball champs a run for their money Saturday.

But in the end, it was the hosting Elgin Huskies who came away with a sweep, winning 10-5 and 6-5.

Elgin (4-0 overall, 2-0 league), playing in its first league contests of the season due to rain and snowouts the past two weekends, used home runs from Nick Simons, James Reagan and Tyler Davis to account for eight of its 10 runs in the opener.

Mike Maley added a solo home run for Union (2-7, 0-4) in the second inning to tie the game 1-1, and the Bobcats climbed within 8-6 in the top of the sixth inning.

Reagan sealed the win with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth, the first of the season for the freshman.

Both pitchers did an excellent job, Elgin coach Gordy Simons said. My hat goes off to (Unions) Shae Prince.

Prince five strikeouts. Elgin pitcher Nick Simons had eight strikeouts.

In the second game, Union rallied from a 6-3 deficit and scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning when Prince hit a one-run single to center field and Lucas Maples scored on an Elgin throwing error.

With two outs and Prince on third base, Jake Stockhoff was struck out to end the game by Elgins Zac Bouch, who had 10 strikeouts in the game.

Right now, weve got to work on that overall team play, Union coach Greg Poor said. Our defense is pretty sound. Weve got to have some guys in the lineup step up and deliver.

Simons was impressed with the Bobcats squad, which was beaten 11-1 Tuesday by Nyssa after committing 10 defensive errors. For the day, Union had five errors.

Union is a different team than the one I saw Tuesday, he said.

Elgin was led in the twin bill by Nick Simons with four hits and three RBIs, Mike Reagans three hits and three RBIs, Tyler Davis two hits and three RBIs, and Blake Ecksteins three hits and two RBIs.

For Union, Tim McReynolds had four hits and six steals, Prince had three hits, three steals and three RBI and Maples had three hits.

On Saturday, Elgin hosts Joseph in a league doubleheader while Union hosts Pine-Eagle for a league twin bill.

Union 011 102 0 5 8 1

Elgin 104 302 x 10 9 1

Prince and Fiorito; Simons and Eckstein. WP Simons (1-0). LP Prince (1-4).

Union hits Stockhoff 2, McReynolds 2, Maley, Maples, Satterfield, Prince. 2B Stockhoff. HR Maley. RBI McReynolds, Prince, Maley, Stockhoff. SB McReynolds 2, Satterfield 2, Prince, Maley.

Elgin hits Simons 3, Davis 2, Bouch, McKone, J.Reagan, Harris, Eckstein. 2B Simons, Davis. HR Simons, J.Reagan, Davis. RBI Davis 3, Simons 3, J.Reagan 2, Eckstein. SB Harris 4, Simons 2, J.Reagan, Bouch, Eckstein.

Union 101 010 2 5 9 4

Elgin 020 310 x 6 8 5

Maples and Fiorito; Bouch and Simons. WP Bouch (2-0). LP Maples (1-1).

Union hits Maples 2, McReynolds 2, Prince 2, Fiorito 2, Goodman. 2B Maples, Prince, Goodman. RBI Prince 2, Satterfield. SB McReynolds 4, Prince 2, Maples.

Elgin hits M.Reagan 3, Eckstein 2, Simons, Bouch, Harris. 2B Bouch, Simons, M.Reagan. RBI M.Reagan 3, Eckstein. SB Harris.

Eagles split on road

HALFWAY Joseph received mixed results in its Wapiti League baseball-opening doubleheader Saturday.

The Eagles fell to Pine-Eagle 8-6 in the first game, but rebounded to win the second contest 12-2 in five innings.

Joseph (8-2 overall, 1-1 league) had 12 hits in each contest.

The team had to do some rearranging on its varsity roster, though.

Were down to nine regular varsity players, and we had to bring three JV players with us, Joseph coach Dave Schmidt said.

Jimmie Baynes was the winning pitcher in the second game, giving up one unearned run.

The first game featured three pitchers Tyler Nall, Dustin Gibbs and Dollen Stroup.

Joseph is at Elgin Saturday for another league twin bill.