By Kendall Patterson
Once winter leaves and spring time begins, the baseball fans come out to watch the high school baseball players play.
After playing only a few games last year due to the start of the pandemic, these players have been eager to get back on the diamond -shaped fields.
The Eagles Baseball team and the Lady Eagles Softball team both return for their 2021 seasons on March 15.
The Eagles had a rough start of the season up until March 22.
Before that date they lost against Scotts Hill twice (0-8) and (1-2), lost against Madison (1-14) and lost against the University School of Jackson (9-2).
Chester County took their first win this year against their rival, the Lexington Tigers.
As members of the team stated, it’’s always good to win against Lexington.
On top of that, they beat Lexington at Lexington.
The Eagles ended the night with 10 runs compared to Lexington’s four.
Notable plays include an out at third base by Kallen Emison (pictured in top right) as a Tiger tried to steal third base but failed and multiple close plays at first.
A few times, runners were called safe, but some agreed and others disagreed with the calls.
Each of those plays included Chester County first baseman Evan Schippers stretching out to catch the ball for an out but, according to the referee, the ball did not get there on time.
The whole team was hot though in the sixth inning as Chester County managed to score 7 runs after already having a 2-1 lead over the Tigers. It made the score 9-2.
Lexington managed to score a couple more runs, but the last inning sealed the Tigers’ fate.
Chester County scored another run and kept Lexington from scoring further in the last inning with the final out being a well caught ball by Schippers at first base after the ball was hit hard to him by the batter.
The final was 10-4.
Chester County Softball has had a good turnout so far on the field with a record of 5-3 after they won a shut out game of 17-0 against Jackson North Side Monday night (March 22).
Other victories came against Dyer County (6-5), Tiptohn Rosemmark (11-10), Crockett (12-2) and Camden (5-1).
They lost against Riverside 15-5.
Then they lost against Jackson Christian twice (2-4) and (4-6).
In their first game against JCS, the Lady Eagles were up in the game 2-0 after runs were made by Tori Trice and Kara Pipkin.
Then JCS made it 2-1 in the bottom of the third.
in the bottom of the fourth though, JCS managed to hit a homerun while two players of theirs were already on bases causing the lead to flip 4-2 with JCS ahead.
In the fifth, Chester County could not score runs and catch up.
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