Purple Eagles edge Bees in 8 innings

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 April 2024 at 2:21 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman = Albion’s Andrew Boyce reaches to put the tag on Byron-Bergen’s Martin McConnell during the Purple Eagles extra inning win over the visiting Bees today.

Snapping a season opening five game losing streak, Albion pushed across a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to nip visiting Byron-Bergen 11-10 in a non league contest today.

A fielders choice play off the bat of Elliott Trapiss plated the winning run for the Purple Eagles as a walk, a sacrifice bunt by Lucas Powley and a hit by pitch set up the threat.

Albion had rallied into a 10-10 tie by scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run double by Andrew Boyce.

The Purple Eagles held an 8-6 lead in the sixth after picking up a pair of runs on fielders choice plays. However, Byron-Bergen answered with four runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead for the last time at 10-8 as Martin McConnell tripled and Tyler Chapman singled. McConnell finished with 3 hits and Chapman 2.

Nate Gibson and Josh Bovenzi had 3 hits on the day for Albion as Kaiden Froman and Jack Kinter  each had 2.