W.S. Neal gets first area win against BCR|Eagles rallied against Flomaton Monday after pitcher Gary McGraw injured
By By Adam Robinson
The W.S. Neal Eagles picked up their first area game win of the season Thursday at home as they defeated the B.C. Rain Red Raiders 7-2.
The Eagles were playing Thursday without injured pitcher Gary McGraw, who was hit in the face with a line drive Monday in a game against Flomaton.
Thursday’s win for the Eagles improved them to 10-7 overall and 1-1 in area play.
W.S. Neal was set to travel to Mobile Friday night for a rematch with B.C. Rain before hosting T.R. Miller Monday at 6 p.m.
In the game Thursday, W.S. Neal was held to only four hits, but used a five-run first inning and one run in the second and fifth innings to get the win.
B.C. Rain managed only two hits in the loss and plated one run in the fourth inning and one in the fifth inning.
Hunter Mullins was 1-for-3 at the plate for the Eagles in the win and Brian Settle was 1-for-1 with a double and an RBI.
Damion Williams was 1-for-2 with one RBI and Christian Purvis was 1-for-3.
B.C. Rain committed seven errors in the loss and walked four Eagles and hit three.
Keith Bradley picked up the win on the mound for the Eagles as he went three innings and walked one and struck out for.
Purvis went three innings and allowed two runs on two hits, and struck out four. Jeremy Myers went one inning and struck out two.
W.S. Neal 11, Flomaton 3
McGraw’s injury Monday may have helped inspire the Eagles’ win against Flomaton.
Trailing 3-2 after the top of the fourth inning Monday at home against the Flomaton Hurricanes, the W.S. Neal Eagles responded with a seven-run fourth inning to help them grab an 11-3 win over Flomaton.
The win improved the Eagles to 9-7 overall.
McGraw was injured in the top of the fourth inning.
McGraw went 3 2/3 inning allowing one hit, striking out four, walked seven and allowed three runs, two earned.
The one hit McGraw gave up, as he had a no-hitter prior to the incident, was a hit that came back and hit him in the head sending him to the hospital.
McGraw said Thursday all he remembers is throwing the ball and waking up in the dugout and seeing everybody around me.
Keith Bradley went the final 2 1/3 inning on the mound for the Eagles and allowed one hit, struck out two and allowed no runs to get the win.
From there, the Eagles came to life and scored seven runs to help get the win by eight runs.
Christian Purvis was 3-for-4 with a two RBI triple in the fourth. Damian Williams was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Reid Johnson was 2-for-4. Bradley was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and two runs.
Flomaton scored one run each in the first, third and fourth innings while the Eagles scored two in the first, seven in the fourth, and two more in the fifth inning.