OZARK -- Historic Eagle Stadium (est. 1946) was a few notches below warm and mostly clouded over at game time when the Andrew College (est. 1854) Tigers arrived for Enterprise State Community College’s baseball season-opener.
Music by the Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Eric Clapton led into the day’s first pitch, a strike from ESCC (est. 1965) pitcher Wells Deloney; the Ozark native went five innings, struck out four, walked two, allowed two hits and three runs in a 10-5 Enterprise win.
Brett James and Alex Friesen pitched an inning apiece for ESCC.
At bat, the Boll Weevils blasted nine hits, led by Stratton Watt and Austin Thrasher, who had two hits and three RBI’s apiece; Watt earned a sacrifice.
Grant Akridge and Kyle Vogler also delivered two hits and drew a bases-on-balls each; Bailey McDaniel coaxed two walks, as did Cody Gwin, who added a single to the ESCC total.
The sun emerged in the fifth inning of the first game and was shining full-bore when the nightcap started.
Unfortunately, the sun seemed to shine on the third base dugout where the Tigers were quartered for the day.
Despite outhitting Andrew seven hits to four, Enterprise fell victim to erratic pitching and fielding miscues and lost the nightcap, 7-3.
ESCC starter Jamarcus Lang was tagged with the loss with a disastrous second inning that saw five Tigers score.
Jared Bartlett went 3-for-3, with a double, to pace the Weevils. Kyle Johnson and Austin Thrasher both had doubles.
Enterprise travels to for a rematch with the Tigers in Cuthbert, Georgia (birthplace of former WBC World Champion heavyweight boxer Larry Holmes), Tuesday for a 9-inning game beginning at 3:30 p.m. CST.