In two Wapiti League baseball games shortened by the 10-run mercy rule, the Joseph Eagles blasted the Union Bobcats 16-1 and 19-4 last Saturday afternoon at Joseph. Both games lasted the minimum five innings.
Four Union errors, three JoHi hits, a base on balls and a hit batsman led to eight runs in the first inning of the opening game as the Eagles wasted little time establishing dominance over their visiting foes. The three first inning hits came off the bats of Chris Garrett, a double, and singles by Dustin Gibbs and Wade Gleasman.
Joseph pitcher Pat Lynn battled control problems all day, but only gave up two singles, both to Bobcat catcher Dan Blair. He walked six and hit two batters in his five inning stint. In the first inning he loaded the bases with a hit batter and two walks, but struck Haney to end the threat.
Joseph outhit Union 12-2 in the opener with Gleasman connecting for three singles and Garrett popping a double and a triple.
Joseph scored four runs in the first inning and 10 more in the second inning of the nightcap, allowing them to cruise to the doubleheader sweep.
Lynn slapped a pair of singles in the 10-run second inning while Garrett and Gibbs each contributed big run-scoring doubles.
Justin Bird was the winning pitcher in the second game, only getting himself in trouble in the fifth and final inning when he walked five Bobcat batters and allowed three runs. He only allowed two Union hits, the first a triple by Blair who scored Union's first run in the third inning.
The Eagles outhit Union 9-2 in the nightcap with Gleasman, Lynn and Garrett getting two hits apiece for Joseph.
The wins lifted Joseph into a 5-1 league record with a shot at the league leading 6-0 Grant Union Prospectors set this Saturday in Joseph. That doubleheader begins at 1:30 p.m.