Tuesday Night Baseball:Eagle River stays hot with 8-2 win
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 14, 2020
Josh Thompson dominated out of the bullpen and Damien Fredrick drove in four RBIs as Eagle River beat East 8-2 on the Tuesday Night Baseball broadcast at Mulcahy Stadium.
The Wolves (12-8, 6-2) have won three straight and six out of their last seven games to help catapult Eagle River to a tie with South atop the Alliance League’s American Division.
Thompson entered the game in relief of starter Garren Henning in the fourth inning with two runners on and one out. He escaped the jam, setting the theme for the rest of the game.
Thompson also wigged out of a two-on, two-out jam in the fifth inning before striking out three of the final six batters. He earned the win, going 3.2 innings with four strikeouts.
He also went 2-for-3 with an RBI on a sac fly.
Fredrick’s three-run double in the gap pushed Eagle River’s lead to 5-1 in the fourth inning.
Ryan Gray’s two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning made it 7-2.
East’s Corey Gagnebin crushed a home run over the left-field wall in the fourth inning. He destroyed the ball on a first-pitch, no-doubt-about-it bomb that landed on the football field behind the stadium.
Gavin Oakley went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Jacob Hulst was 2-for-3 for the T-birds (5-17, 1-7).
East pitchers Zack Barnhart, Bryce Erickson, Gagnebin and Barnhart each ended an inning by getting batters to strikeout looking.
The coolest moment of the night happened when East manager Kurt Solberg delivered the T-birds lineup. Solberg last month underwent open heart surgery and this was his first appearance at an East game this year. “Better late than never,” he said.