The Crossett Eagles felt the sting of the Panthers’ bite last week when the team traveled to Magnolia April 13 for a conference game.
The first two innings of the game were scoreless, seeing four of Crossett’s first 10 batters strike out.
The Panthers got their first runner on base after a pitch hit him; another runner got on base on an error after he bunted. The third batter cleared the bases with a three-run RBI that was accompanied by two throwing errors from the Eagles.
Two more Magnolia runners made it home by the end of the inning, which included six errors from Crossett.
The Eagles’ runs came in the fourth and fifth innings, with two of the runs happening in the latter.
By the sixth inning Magnolia had filled the plate with runners on each base — including one who was sent to first after being struck by a pitch — and sent in two more runs with singles.
The seventh inning saw Crossett send two hits and a walk on base, and two more Crossett players crossed home plate to end the game with a score of 8-5.
When the Eagles took on Harmony Grove on April 15, they felt the Hornets’ sting with a 7-4 loss, which pushed their record to 8-11 for the season. The mid-month game was a reversal of an earlier contest that saw the the Hornets take a 10-8 loss to Crossett on April 5.
Crossett has a 4-5 record in conference play and a 4-6 home record for the season. The Eagles’ away record also stands at 4-5.
The Eagles were set to play Hamburg Tuesday afternoon, but the results were unavailable at press time. When the two Ashley County teams met up in mid-March, the Eagles prevailed with a 17-2 victory.
Crossett’s spring schedule is set to round out with a non-conference home game against Junction City and a conference game against Warren. The Lumberjacks narrowly took the edge over the Eagles when they faced off on March 30, winning 5-4.