DENVER — The East Lincoln Mustangs’ varsity baseball season was cut short in the third round of the 2A state playoffs by the East Davidson Golden Eagles on Friday.
The Golden Eagles scored a run in both the fifth and sixth innings for a 2-0 win over East Lincoln.
The Mustangs nearly took the lead in the bottom of the fourth after Addison Parrish hit a leadoff double and then moved to third base on a fly-out to center field by third baseman Danny Sullivan.
East Lincoln was poised to execute some of the small ball it became known for during the 2011-2012 season but a suicide squeeze play went awry as second baseman Cam Carter was unable to get the bat on the ball for a bunt and Parrish was tagged out by the East Davidson catcher halfway down the third base line.
Carter hit a double down the left field line, but Zac Rust struck out to end the inning.
East Davidson led off the top of the fifth with a single to left field by right fielder Brock Goodyear, but Goodyear was caught leaning at first base by East Lincoln catcher Charlie Goss for the first out of the inning. Pitcher Avery Bowles lined a single up the middle of the field and then stole second base during Nick Williams’ at-bat, which ended with a pop out to Carter at second base.
Preston Gammons drew a walk from East Lincoln left-hander David Keener. Keener then hit Tyler Stroup with a pitch to load the bases.
The Mustangs then pulled Keener from the mound and brought in Darin Salter for relief.
Salter’s outing on the mound started with a wild pitch to Braxton Shetley that brought Bowles across home plate to give East Davidson a 1-0 lead.
East Lincoln again had runners in scoring position but were unable to capitalize on the advantage in the bottom of the fifth. Ethan Jones led off the inning with a single to right field and was moved over to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Cory Peterson. Jake Helms hit a two-out single to short stop that moved Jones to third base, but Goss hit a fly ball to center field for the third out of the inning.
East Davidson added its final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth with Goodyear’s RBI single to center field.
The Mustangs finished the season with a 22-5 overall record.