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Eureka beats Rock Memorial, stays alive in Zone 4 tournament

It was not to be a two games and out scenario for the Eureka senior legion baseball team on this day.

Just a day removed from losing a first round game to Jackson, Post 177 bounced back strong with a 14-6 victory over Rock Memorial in a second round losers bracket game in the Zone 4 tournament at West City Park in Festus Friday afternoon.

Eureka (19-20) kept its Zone 4 title repeat hopes alive by pounding the baseball and scoring some runs in bunches.

“We played well yesterday but today we hit the ball real well up and down the lineup,” Eureka associate coach Cam Phillips said. “Everyone in the lineup got on base at least once and that was good to see.”

Rock Memorial (15-18) led 3-1 after the first inning but Eureka responded four runs in the third, two in fourth and three in the seventh.

Chad Jones had a strong day at the plate for Post 177 with a double and a triple and Bryce Clark also had a pair of doubles as Eureka feasted on Rock Memorial pitching throughout the game.

“Our hitting was on and the guys really did a good job of getting on base and scoring runs,” Philips said.

Rock cut the lead to 12-5 with two runs in the sixth inning and got a run in the ninth but Eureka added a pair of late insurance runs in the ninth to kept Rock Memorial from making a run.

Avery Driggs was the starter and winner for Post 177. Driggs turned in a stout seven innings of work on the hill.

“Avery has been pitching well for us down the stretch and he did another great job for us today,” Phillips said.

Michael Cheung pitched two innings of relief and gave up just one run.

Eureka is back it tonight as Post 177 will face Jackson (35-8) in a losers bracket second round matchup at 7 p.m.

“We are real familiar with Jackson from zones last year plus we played them three times this year, so we know what we have to do against them,” Phillips said.

Should Eureka win tonight, they will play for a berth in Sunday’s zone championship game in the loser’s bracket final game Saturday night at 7 p.m.

 

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