Eagles drop nine-inning game 1-0

Eric McCarthy
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Back in action later Friday night

QUAD CITIES, IOWA – The O’Leary-based Summerside Chrysler Dodge Eagles tasted their first defeat at the North American Fastpitch Association’s World Series of Softball tournament on Friday.

But it was by the narrowest of margins.

The Eagles dropped a 1-0 decision to California’s J & B Painting in a game that took two extra innings to complete.

Mitchell Hardy pitched another complete game for the Eagles, striking out seven and allowing just six hits through nine innings.

Chris Craig, John Ellsworth and Jason Smallman, who all went 1-3, including a walk, were O’Leary’s top batters in the marathon game.

“Mitch pitched well,” said Eagles third baseman Darcy Harris. “We just couldn’t generate any runs. Neither team could.”

The Eagles opened the tournament with two round-robin wins. This was their first game of the tournament’s double-elimination round.

“Mitch pitched well. We just couldn’t generate any runs. Neither team could.” Eagles third baseman Darcy Harris

It places them in the losers’ bracket of what becomes a longer road to the final. They will need to string together a row of wins to get there, starting with a game Friday night against the loser of the Portland Oregon’s CR Brewers (3-0) and Geo Per Texas (2-1).

That game was to start at 9 p.m., Atlantic time, but it was expected to be later than that after the nine-inning game pushed everything back.

 

 

Geographic location: California, Portland Oregon, Texas

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