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Mustangs Hold Off Eagles In Late Innings To Win 9-7

JT Creed bats for the Eagles.

BRIDGEWATER - Stevenson scored in each of the first six innings Wednesday afternoon to take a 9-3 lead and the Mustangs held off Bridgewater over the final two innings to win the non-conference contest 9-7.

The Eagles made things interesting down the stretch, scoring four runs in the final two innings.

Cameron Stanley led off the bottom of the eighth with a homer to right-center, his second round tripper of the game, to pull the Eagles to within 9-4. Brett Jones reached on a walk and scored on JT Creed's double to the fence in left field, making the score 9-5. Stevenson reliever Phil Wugalter then stranded Creed at second by retiring the next two batters.

Auston Batten walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning and moved to third on a double down the left-field line by Jacob Talley. With one out, Batten scored on a sacrifice fly by Stanley, trimming the Mustangs' lead to 9-6. Brett Jones was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Luke Paczewski followed with a run-scoring single through the left side of the infield, pulling the Eagles to within 9-7. Stevenson reliever Eric Prachniak ended the comeback attempt when he retired Creed on a pop fly to second base to preserve the 9-7 win for the Mustangs.

Stanley had a big day at the plate for the Eagles, going 4-for-4 with a single, double, two solo homers, a sacrifice fly and three RBIs. Creed and Kevin Navedo each had two hits for the Eagles.

Bridgewater (16-14-1) returns to action Saturday when the Eagles make the long trip to Emory & Henry for an important ODAC doubleheader.