Herendeen also had four strikeouts, and two walks. Ending on the mound was Brent Owen with two and two third innings with four runs and earned runs. Five hits; three singles and two doubles. Owen also had three strikeouts and four walks. The only Eagle to get a hit off the Falcon pitcher was Junior Braxton Siddons. Siddons went one of two for the night.
Wednesday night the Eagles hosted county rivals Whitko Wildcats. Busco, winless for the season, finally got a win 3-2 over the Wildcats. “The first one is the hardest,” said Coach Grove. “To get that first win and get that monkey off our back is big.” Whitko scored first with getting one across in the second inning. Busco matched them in the third. Whitko got one across the plate in the seventh inning.
The Eagles knew what they needed to do but they didn’t know who they were going to get it from. They found it in Sophomore Alan Meeks. In the seventh Ryan Farlow started off the inning with a double. With one out and runs on first and third, Meeks hit a grounder to the short stop. With a potential double play brewing, Whitko got the runner out going to second, but Meeks out ran the throw to first allowing Farlow’s run to count. Now the game is tied 2-2 going into extra innings.
Winning pitcher Braxton Siddons held Whitko to no runs in the eighth inning. Now it’s Busco’s turn. In the bottom of the eighth inning Busco has bases loaded, two outs, and sophomore Alan Meeks at the plate. Can he do it again? He does. Meeks hits a single to short right field to score the winning run. “There is a young kid that has had his opportunities and made the most of them,” Grove said of Meeks. “We’ve been looking for someone to step up and be a lead off batter and that’s exactly what you want.”
Friday night the Eagles went to Garrett to face the Railroaders. The Eagles beat the Railroaders 6-4. The game was scoreless in the first two innings. Sophomore Alan Meeks scored off a Garrett error to put Busco up 1-0. No one scored again until the top of the fifth. Braxton Siddons got on base with a double. Next in the line up was Kyle Owen who hit a home run to score him and Siddons. After the home run, Junior Jordan Turner stepped up to the plate and hit a double. Sixth batter, Dylan Herendeen was up next and his single scored Turner putting the Eagles up four to zero at the bottom of the fifth.
Busco’s Chris Sims hit a double in the sixth inning to send Spencer Shroyer across the plate. Busco’s up five to zero in the bottom of the sixth. Busco allows Garrett to score three runs in the bottom of the sixth. In the top of the seventh, the Eagles got a run across from Sophomore Alan Meeks with a double and scored runner Goepfrich. Garrett was only allowed to score one run in the bottom of the seventh for Busco to get their second win of the season.
Junior Ryan Farlow got the start and the win on the mound for the Eagles. Farlow went five and one third innings with two runs and earned runs. Three hits; three singles. Farlow also had five strikeouts and four walks. Kyle Owen was next on the mound and went one inning with two runs and earned runs. One hit; one home run. Kyle also had three walks. Closing on the mound was Brent Owen. Brent went one third of an inning with one strikeout.
Saturday the Eagles went to Butler to face the Eastside Blazers. Busco got beat 5-1. Getting the loss on the mound was Senior Kyle Owen. Owen went four innings with three runs and earned runs. Five hits; five singles. Owen also had six strikeouts and two walks. Dylan Herendeen ended the day on the mound. Dylan went two innings with two runs and earned runs. Six hits; five singles and one double. Herendeen also had four strikeouts. Spencer Shroyer lead the Eagles on offense with one double. Jordan Turner and Alan Meeks both had singles for the Eagles.
The Eagles are back in action Thursday at home against West Noble. Saturday they head to Wawasee for the Wawasee tourney. On Monday, April 26th, the NECC tournament starts. Busco is at Westview at 5:00 p.m. Winner will play winner of Eastside/Fairfield (away) on Tuesday, April 27th.