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Youth Baseball: Evans Eagles wins Southtowns league championship

Members of the Evans Eagles team celebrating a league title include Tommy Barber, Sam Bogdan, Alex Martin, Jason Martin, Patrick Majkut, Trey Gehen, Nate Styles, Spencer Kwilos, Nate Lockwood, Nate Langdon, Dominic Jamison, Connor Strade, and Bryan Rechin. The team is coached by Tom Kwilos, who is assisted by Rich Bogdan, Bob Langdon and Don Lockwood.
The Evans Eagles 11-and-under baseball team won the Southtowns Travel League Championship on Sunday (July 7) with a thrilling 5-4 win in the bottom of the sixth inning over the Eden Raiders. After falling in the 2012 title game, the 2013 Eagles (9-0) entered this season with one goal in mind ó to win it all.

Tied 4-4 in bottom of the last inning, Nate Langdon led off for top-seeded Evans with a walk and Connor Strade then hit a seeing-eye infield single to put runners on first and third. Evans loaded the bases on a misplayed ground ball. With the Eden infield drawn in and one out, Spencer Kwilos hit a hot shot that was fielded by the third baseman who was unable to force out Langdon at home, scoring the winning run.

Evans had kept the game tied in the top of the sixth on a clutch double play to end the inning. With runners on second and third, first baseman Patrick Majkut scooped up a hard ground ball, stepped on the base to record the out and then fired home to catcher Sam Bogdan, who blocked the plate and tagged out the runner attempting to score.

Nate Styles started the game on the mound for Evans and threw just 15 pitches in his two innings of work, including just four in the first. The Eagles took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI ground out and held that lead until the third inning when the Raiders tied the game. Evans then took the lead once again, at 2-1, with another RBI ground out, this one by Dominic Jamison. Evans added another run on a sacrifice fly by Trey Gehen to take a 3-1 advantage entering the fourth inning.

The Raiders responded with three runs in the top of the fourth inning to take the lead 4-3. Evans played fundamental baseball and tied the game up by advancing runners and scoring the tying run on a squeeze play after Langdon laid down a perfect bunt.

Nate Lockwood then entered the game on the hill and struck out the first two batters he faced before walks put runners at second and third in the top of the fifth. After the Eden batter was able to work the count to 3-2, Lockwood enticed a ground ball to second base to end the threat. He also pitched the sixth inning.

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