The Screaming Eagles scored five runs in the fifth to take the lead for good
Ashley displayed a lot of resiliency Tuesday night in its Mideastern Conference baseball opener against West Brunswick.
The Screaming Eagles came to the plate trailing in each of the first five innings. A five-run fifth proved to be the difference in a back-and-forth 11-8 victory.
"It's always a good game when we play them," Ashley coach Brian Stewart said. "I'm really proud of how our guys stayed in it and fought back."
After tying the game at 6 on a two-run homer from senior third baseman Lee Fentress in the fourth, Ashley (5-0, 1-0) found itself back down two runs in the fifth.
Kyle Carpenter got the rally started with a one-out single to center. The right fielder advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on Daniel Birkle's second hit of the game.
Junior Rocco Farmintino put the Screaming Eagles on top for good with a two-run single up the middle.
Farmintino and Fentress went a combined 4-for-7 with four RBI and five runs at the top of the lineup.
"That's a lot of experience there and that's why we put them at the top of the lineup," Stewart said. "It gives us that punch at the beginning."
Lefty Price King picked up his fourth victory by pitching three innings out of the bullpen. After allowing a pair of runs in the fifth inning, the senior settled down. He struck out eight of the 13 batters he faced, including Ian Black to end the game.
"I went to the fastball a lot," King said. "Velocity was pretty strong and the ball had a lot of run on it."
West Brunswick (3-4, 0-1) cleanup hitter Hunter Nicoll provided a spark every time he came to the plate. He finished 5-for-5 with a double, four RBI and a run. Tanner Babson also had three hits, including a double.
- Reporter Tim Hower can be reached at 910-343-2366 or Tim.Hower@StarNewsOnline.com