AVON — Midview jumped out early in its non-conference game with St. Edward at All Pro Freight Stadium on Tuesday, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Eagles put up eight runs in the third and five in the fifth to post a 13-3 mercy-rule win.
The Middies led 3-0 going to the bottom of the third when St. Edward’s first eight batters reached base and scored as it sent 13 batters to the plate against Middies starting pitcher Kyle Warner and reliever Gavin Taulbe.
“That’s why (the Eagles) are one of the best teams in the state,” Midview coach Scott Jalowiec said.
“That is a team that will play anybody and everybody, and we are happy to have an opportunity to play those guys just to see what it’s like against the other half.”
Midview wasn’t star-struck against St. Edward (10-5), scoring single runs in the first three innings to grab the early lead.
Zac Wilson reached base when a line drive went off the glove of the Eagles second baseman for an error, and came around to score on a perfectly executed hit-and-run by Tyler Lienerth and a sacrifice fly to center off Cody Callaway’s bat.
The Middies defense did its job in the bottom of the first when Joe Weisenseel was caught on a run-down between third and home on the front end of a double-steal attempt by the Eagles.
Left fielder Cole Franks drove home the second run for Midview (6-8) with a single over the bag at third, driving in Zach Nilges, who had reached on a single through the left side.
Warner escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the second and was staked to a 3-0 lead in the third when Dylan Steindl came around to score on a double off the left-center wall by Callaway for his second RBI of the game.
The Middies’ lead disappeared quickly as the Eagles scored eight in the third. The big hits of the inning came early as Kyle Hegedus and Darrien Knowles ripped back-to-back triples for the first two runs for St. Edward.
Hegedus was one of two Eagles with four hits, going 4-for-4 with three runs knocked in and two runs scored. Evan Kayser also had four hits, scoring twice and driving in two more, including the final run in the fifth inning to end the game with a 10-run lead.
“I’m glad to help out the team and start contributing again,” Kayser said. “It was nice to get that big inning and to see everyone hitting the ball again. We were just rocking and rolling at the plate that inning.”
After the two triples, St. Edward got run-scoring hits from Shayne Erny, Devin Stanley, Mason Deanna, Kayser and Hegedus to snag the five-run lead.
After being staked to the lead, Michael Cuva (2-0) settled down against the Middies with no hits and a pair of walks in the final two innings to keep the Middies from building any sort of a comeback.
“We didn’t have a real good feel for their pitcher the first time through the lineup, but we were able to get him timed up the second time through,” St. Edward coach Joe Kasl said. “We stayed focused after a couple of missed opportunities in the first couple of innings.”
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