WOODSTOCK -- Etowah broke out with 14 runs over the final three innings to beat Woodstock 14-4 in five innings Tuesday.
After being shut out the first two innings, the Eagles (14-5, 4-3 Region 4AAAAAAA) trailed 2-0, but they scored five runs in both the third and fourth innings and added four more in the fifth to get the advantage they needed to end the game early and jump the Wolverines (11-7, 3-4) in the region standings.
“It means everything,” Etowah coach Greg Robinson said. “They’re a team that won the region last year. This year, they were right in the mix again. You really can’t afford to drop any games to these teams. Our guys did great to kind of bounce back and take care of everything (Tuesday).”
Bryant Madden drew a bases-loaded walk to open the scoring for Etowah, and Carson Kirby followed with a bases-clearing double, before Nick Block singled him home to put the Eagle sup 5-2.
After Woodstock cut the lead to 5-2, the Eagles loaded the bases again in the fourth inning and got runs from Michael Straub, Sharman and Tyler Freas, before Kirby and Block each drove in runs.
A Straub single and a Sharman triple in the fifth inning kept Etowah’s offense rolling with four more runs in the fifth to give the Eagles the margin they needed to end the game early.
“That’s just baseball,” Robinson said. “Sometimes you hit, and sometimes, you don’t. We know we’re not always going to have 14 runs, so it’s good we took advantage when we were able to do it here on the road.”
Kirby finished with four RBIs. Jacob LaFevers and Madden each drove in three, and Block drove in a pair.
Adam Metivier took care of the rest on the mound. He gave up two unearned runs in the first inning, but he recovered to finish his first start of the season with just two earned runs allowed and five strikeouts.
“I was proud of how he threw,” Robinson said. “We’ve been looking for some depth in our pitchers, and he showed us a lot. Things didn’t always go his way, but he hung in there and made some good pitches.”
Brennan Milone and Spencer Keefe each took advantage of errors to score first-inning runs.
Milone added a towering, two-run home run in the third inning to get the Wolverines back within a run, but four Woodstock pitchers combined to walk eight batters, leaving plenty of room for improvement when the teams finish their series with a double-header Thursday at Etowah.
“There’s a lot we need to work on,” Woodstock coach Jeff Brown said. “We obviously gave up way too many free passes. That’s a team that’s going to hurt you if you give them those chances. The plan is just to refocus, bounce back and get ready for this double-header Thursday to win the series.”