A fielding mishap in the bottom of the first inning cost the T-Ducks the lead early against Eastfield during the game on March 27. The T-Ducks fought back though. In the third inning, the T-Ducks’ bats couldn’t miss the ball.
The hitting streak started with Oscar Martinez (24) and Cody Windisch (17) who performed single hits to get on base. Stormy Taylor landed the ball perfectly into deep center field, notching two runs batted in (RBIs), that were brought in to score by Dawson Zey.
The T-Ducks continued their hitting ways well into the fourth inning. Cody Windisch, set up with runners on first and third base, drilled a deep center field homerun at some 400 feet that cleared the bases and pushed the Richland lead to 8-3.
Unfortunately, the T-Ducks never scored again. In fact, their luck turned 180 degrees. A third recorded error in the sixth inning led to a two-run score for Eastfield, decreasing the Richland lead 8-5. From that moment, the Richland pitching crew, which had allowed only three hits and three runs in the first five innings, gave up eight hits and six runs in the final three innings. That, including five runs in the eighth inning alone, caused Richland to relinquish the lead. The T-Ducks’ last chance to recover came in the ninth, but they could not re-spark the high-powered hitting they profited from earlier in the game. Richland lost to Eastfield 11-8.
The series against Eastfield concluded with two additional games at Richland, expected to take place at press time on March 29 and 30. Richland will face Cedar Valley next in a three-game series on April 3, 5 and 6.
The T-Ducks are treading water now as they look to even their conference record which stands at 5-8 at press time.
The T-Ducks are still among the top three teams in the nation and first in conference when it comes to slugging percentage. They hope to continue their hitting success and improve pitching as they push onward toward the playoffs.