Eagles hammer Royals in double header sweep

Apr. 14—With the quality of pitching in the HCC, there isn't often a lot of runs scored in conference games.

But the Zionsville Eagles bucked that trend on Saturday afternoon in a double-header sweep of Hamilton Southeastern.

The Eagles won the two games 21-1 and 17-4, showing good discipline at the plate and taking advantage of their run-scoring opportunities.

"We have faced some really good arms this year, and the thing I liked about our at bats today was that we were selective, and weren't chasing bad pitches," Zionsville head coach Jered Moore said. "We battled with two strikes too and it was the best I have seen our offense this year."

After a successful start to the season in Tennessee, where the Eagles averaged more than five runs a game in a 4-0 start, the offense sputtered a little bit.

They scored two runs or less in four of the next five games, going 1-4 in the process.

But in game one Saturday, they burst the game open in the third, scoring five runs. They added five more in the fourth before exploding for 10 in the fifth.

They drew 17 walks in the game, with nine different players drawing one.

"Everyone felt like they contributed to that," Moore said. "Sometimes you have games where you do well, but one or two guys maybe don't have the best at bats. Today, anyone who got up to the plate feels good about what they did."

Game two started out close as well.

Zionsville led 2-1 after an inning thanks to an RBI double from Tyler Hughes and an RBI single from Riley Agbonhese.

HSE managed to score three in the top of the second, but the Eagles tied it back up in the second on an error.

The score remained that way until the fourth, when Zionsville scored 13 times, sending 19 guys to the plate. They had nine hits — all singles — four walks and two hit batters.

The performance was coming off a rough end of the week, where heavy rains pushed back the series multiple times and forced the Eagles to practice indoors.

"Even though we had to go indoors, we had some really good practices and the kids were focused," Moore said. "We struggled the last week, and they really locked in and hopefully we can carry it forward."

Along with the bats, the Eagle pitchers continued to perform well.

Mateo Wells allowed an unearned run on four hits while striking out eight in game one.

Simon Wilkinson settled down after the first two innings, allowing just three earned runs on seven hits while striking out six.

He retired the last six batters he faced and nine of the last 11.

"He dominated the last three innings," Moore said. "It was a little bit of a rocky start, but he was throwing strikes and they just got some hits. He got a couple of big double plays to get out of jams and dominated after that."

Zionsville is now 7-4 and 3-1 in the conference. They travel to Lafayette Jeff Tuesday before starting a conference series with Brownsburg.

"In the four losses, we didn't play good baseball," Moore said. "The guys have been working hard, we have been going over the things we have struggled with and I am glad to see we rebounded today."

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.