Victory Life Academy’s young but improving baseball team took one on the chin Tuesday against Wapanucka. But there’s no shortage of optimism for an Eagles team that collected wins at two tournaments earlier in the season.
Mark Grody and Hunter Principe are guiding the team this season. Already, the freshman-heavy Eagles have notched victories at tournaments in Thackerville and Mill Creek.
On Tuesday, pitcher Chandler Stampley ran into a Wapanucka team whose bats took advantage of the wide-open spaces in the VLA outfield. One Indians hitter knocked a double an estimated 325 feet into center field — well within the park’s outfield fence listed at 385 feet.
Despite the score, the Eagle defense did have some shining moments. First baseman Dalton Hanks played a role in a first-inning double play that kept the Indians to two runs.
In the second inning, catcher Kevin Covington connected with shortstop Ben Grody to pick off Wapanucka’s lead runner. And in the fourth, shortly after the Indians blasted one to center field, outfielder Zach Hestily chased down a liner for a quick out.
The Eagles busted up Wapanucka’s shut-out in the fourth inning on Covington’s triple and an RBI for Connor Harrison. Covington was 2-for-2 on the afternoon with the triple and a single.
Logan Hestily also had a single and Zach Hestily recorded a stolen base after reaching on a fielder’s choice.
Victory Life’s final home game is set for 4 p.m. Friday against Achille. Road games will take them to Milburn and Antlers in the coming days, followed by the district tournament set for April 24-26.
LADY EAGLE SOFTBALL: VLA’s slow-pitch team was scheduled to play a home game Monday against Coleman, but it was cancelled due to soggy fields. The Lady Eagles will host Milburn at 4 p.m. Thursday.