Evangel squeaks past Calvary, splits season series

Evangel squeaks past Calvary, splits season series

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Evangel squeaks past Calvary, splits season series

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What was good for Calvary a little more than two weeks ago was good for Evangel on Tuesday night.
A defensive miscue opened the door for the Cavaliers’ victory against the Eagles in the March 21 District 1-2A opener, so it was a bit fitting that a defensive miscue Tuesday night helped the Eagles gain a split of the season series.

A defensive miscue opened the door for the Cavaliers’ victory against the Eagles in the March 21 District 1-2A opener, so it was a bit fitting that a defensive miscue Tuesday night helped the Eagles gain a split of the season series.

Evangel used a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt as the spark for a two-run sixth inning, allowing the Eagles to edge the Cavaliers 3-2, as the second round of 1-2A play began.
“Both of these games have come down to who can execute the defensive plays, and they took advantage at our place, and we were fortunate enough to take advantage here,” Evangel coach Tim Hulett said.
The two-run inning by the Eagles (12-9, 2-2) marked the only multi-run inning on a night dominated by starting pitchers Scotty Harvill (Evangel) and Stephen Morrison (Calvary).
Both right-handers were sharp throughout, with Morrison pitching into the sixth and Harvill working five innings. Morrison allowed only one earned run, while Harvill gave up a pair but left leading 3-2.
Harvill (2-1) sat down the first nine batters of the game before surrendering a leadoff home run to Ryan Leone in the fourth inning for the game’s first run.
Harvill settled in, however, and Evangel’s rally gave him his second win at Calvary (20-4, 3-1) in as many seasons.
“I’ve been battling a little tendinitis, and it’s good to be back on the mound, pitching like I know I can,” Harvill said. “I’ve been not hurt, but battling, and not where I want to be. Kudos to (Leone). It was a bad pitch, and he made me pay for it, but I finally got my sinker going, my two-seamer, and let my defense play behind me.”
Morrison (5-1) struck out six and scattered five hits, not allowing an Evangel runner past first base until the fifth inning when the Eagles scored on a two-out Cavaliers error.
“Evangel’s got a tough team,” Calvary coach Todd Walker said. “Like I’ve said all along, the Huletts know what they’re doing. They pitched well, and they played defense well, and that’s why they won (Tuesday) night. It’s fun to play these baseball games. These kids need to learn how to play under pressure. We’ve played 24 games now, and this is one of the few where we’ve been squeezed a little bit. You’ve got to play under that pressure.”
With Harvill working deep into the game, it allowed Hulett to shorten the workloads for relievers Austin Jordan and Brooks Bryan, who combined for two scoreless innings.
Jordan had a key pickoff in the sixth inning, and Bryan struck out both batters he faced in the seventh inning to collect his fourth save of the season.
Bryan stuck with an old stand-by to finish the game.
“I think I only threw three fastballs,” Bryan said. “Usually, I can throw my curveball for more strikes. I always know I can go to my curveball for strikes. Coach and I always talk about that.”
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