The Eagles' sterling pitching staff finally met its match.
Joseph High School's baseball team held its opponents scoreles for 13 consecutive innings. The Eagles' string included a pair of shutouts - increasing their total this season to four - which they claimed May 5 at home against Adrian High. But their scoreless streak ended three days later at Union, midway through a battle of Special District 7 frontrunners. The Bobcats handed the Eagles their first losses in the league.
The Eagles finished the weekend in second place, with an 8-2 record. Their overall mark slipped to 13-6. Despite losing at Union, the Eagles had already guaranteed themselves a spot in the upcoming state playoffs.
Hosting Adrian for a doubleheader, seniors Trenton Neil and Gavin Baynes delivered two outstanding pitching performances. Neil surrendered one hit and struck out 11 batters in a 11-0 victory. Likewise, Baynes threw a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts for a 10-0 win. Sophomore J.R. Masters backed Baynes by hitting a home run.
But the Eagles' scoreless streak ended in the fourth inning at Union. The Bobcats won the opener 4-2 and then took a 7-4 decision.
Next, Joseph and Union will battle again. Their May 15 rematch, the first pitch scheduled at 10 a.m., will determine the league champion going into the state playoffs.