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JV: Eagles’ Meaza Clutch In Comeback Win Over Hornets

10/04/2018, 12:00pm EDT
By Josh Belanger

Abiel Meaza had himself a night in a come-from-behind victory for the All In Eagles JV, overcoming a four-run deficit to beat the Herndon Hornets JV, 6-5, in five innings last night at Hayfield High School.

“Today felt like my day,” Meaza said.

Meaza drove in three runs in a 2-for-3 effort at the plate, including the game-tying single in the top of the fifth inning to knot the game at 5-5. On the mound, Meaza would allow his team to get back in the game with a stellar performance in relief, allowing just one unearned run on two hits in 3.2 innings with six strikeouts.

“We just have so much confidence in him,” Eagles coach Bobby Hakenson said. “He leads us at the plate and on the mound and just gives the rest of the team so much confidence.”

The right-hander found success locating his curveball and was able to throw it in any count, giving the Hornets fits at the plate. “I had everyone leaning and I think I just had some good stuff today,” Meaza said.

The Hornets quickly took a four run lead in the first inning off Eagles starting pitcher Sam Haskell. Zach Bobersky delivered the big blow with a two-run double to right field for the Hornets. Haskell recorded just one out and handed the ball to Meaza in relief, who proceeded to strike out four of the next five batters.

Offensively, the Eagles were shut out in the first two innings by Hornets right-handers Graham Sears and Andrew Horzycun. The Eagles then got on the board in the third off Horzycun with a two-run single from Meaza. The Hornets would add a run in the bottom half on a RBI triple from Jimmy Reagan, who finished the night with two hits.

Down 5-2, the Eagles would rally for four runs in the final two frames thanks to the clutch hit from Meaza and two critical errors by the Hornets’ defense as three of the six Eagles’ runs were unearned. The Eagles then handed the ball to Cameron Hakenson, who recorded the save in the bottom of the fifth.

“Very proud of the boys tonight. For them to fall down four runs early and continue to fight and chip away at it and get their first win of the season against a pretty good team, it was big for them,” Hakenson said.  

The Eagles will be in action next against the Hawks Baseball JV in a doubleheader this Saturday at Edison High School while the Hornets will play next against the Loudoun Aces JV at Loudoun County High School next Wednesday.  

Left to Right: Abiel Meaza struck out 6 in 3.2 innings in relief and drove in 3 runs while Niko Platre went 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Eagles.

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