The Ashley baseball team sent Drake Overton to the mound in the 3rd place game of the 2015 Ashley Spring Break Baseball Tournament, and came away with a 7-6 win. Overton threw 6 innings, and left the game in the 7th inning with a no-decision. Donovan Francis? threw the 7th inning in relief, picking up the win, as the Screaming Eagles scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning after the Mooresville Blue Devils tied the game in the top of the inning.
The Eagles struck first as Alex Highsmith? led off the bottom of the first reaching on an error. After advancing to 2nd, he would later score on an RBI single to center by freshman Lee Fentress?.
After the Blue Devils scored 4 runs in the 2nd (3 of them unearned), the Eagles would strike back for 4 runs themselves in the bottom of the 3rd. After Evan Laverick? and Highsmith both reached on Mooresville errrors, Francis was then hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Laverick and Highsmith would come around to score on a groundball by Fentress that was misplayed. D.C. Russ then pounded a double to left-center to score Francis and Highsmith, giving the Eagles a 5-4 lead.
Ashley struck again in the fourth, as Kyle Hunter Stewart? started things off with a single to left. After Stewart stole second, Laverick dropped a beautiful bunt single down the 3rd base line. Stewart would then score on an RBI groundout by Highsmith.
Mooresville tied the game in the 7th, leading up to the walk-off style finish. Francis led off the inning with a double, then advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch. With no outs, Fentress hit a chopper back to the pitcher who forced a wild throw to 1st, scoring Francis with the winning run.
The win improves Ashley's record to 7-4, and they return to Mideastern conference play on Tuesday, traveling to rival Hoggard to take on the Vikings in a key matchup.