On Tuesday, April 13, the Chester County Junior High School Eagles baseball team took the field at Riverside to battle against the Lexington Middle School team in the first round of the Best of the West tournament.
Lexington got on the scoreboard first with solid hits and would score two runs by the first half of the first inning. They would hold this lead until the bottom of the second inning.
At that time, the Eagles were up to bat with Landyn Boehm stepping up in the batter’s box. He singled with a fly ball, and Jaden Weaver would follow it up with a single of his own that would advance Boehm to third. Jayce Goff hit a hard ground ball that would give him a single but helped Boehm and Weaver score, and Goff would advance to second after an error by Lexington’s third baseman. By the end of the second inning, with the hot bats of Tucker McMahan, Dean Estes, Caleb Cole, Kyson Taylor, Chase Garner, and Lane Estes, the Eagles would end the inning with a leading score of 9-2. After Taylor scores while stealing home in the bottom of the third inning, the Eagles would go on to a run rule victory with a final score of 10-2 thanks to solid fielding, dominating hitting, and relentless pitching by Lane Estes and Dhanin Patel.
The second round of the tournament would begin for the Eagles on Thursday, April 15, with a head-to-head battle against Henderson County. While the Eagles got off to a good start with solid hits by Goff and Cole and held a leading score of 1-0 for three innings, Henderson County would ultimately battle to a victory with a score of 3-1. The Eagles finished their season by placing third in the district. They will celebrate eighth grade night, tonight, Thursday, April 22, at Eagle field prior to their game against St. Augustine. Team awards will be handed out after both varsity and junior varsity games.