A game bigger than a field

Pictured is Jayce Goff as he chases after a McNairy baserunner to tag him out after the runner attempted to steal. Photo by Kendall Patterson

Following back to back overwhelming, run rule shutouts against McNairy, the Eagles knew that the double header against Medina would be a pitch by pitch battle. This battle would take place on the field of local dreams – Jackson Generals’ Stadium.
Tucker McMahan started the Eagle’s playing with a hard ground ball that would give him a single, and he would steal second base thanks to a wild pitch. Dean Estes would ground out but advance McMahan to third. The half inning ultimately ended with a strike out and no runs earned. The Eagles took the field with every intention to prevent the Hornets from gaining a single run. This goal was accomplished by D. Estes pitching with the backup of his infield defense that consisted of Lane Estes, Kyson Taylor, Jayce Goff, Brooks Johnson, and Tucker McMahan. Three up and three down ended the first inning.
This back and forth run for run matchup would go on for a record breaking nine solid innings and two and a half hours for the first game alone. Caleb Cole, Chase Garner, and Jaden Weaver would make outstanding plays that would send the Hornets back to their nest.
Though the Eagles lost both games with an ending score of 2-3 and 1-6, the Eagles knew that these games went far beyond that field. Brett Wyatt, a seventh grader from Medina who is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, was on the hearts and minds of every single player and coach.