This archived article was written by: Hayden Peterson
This past week, two members of Eastern’s baseball team had outstanding performances. Joe Barta joined past Eagles in the record books and Chance Abrath jumped to the top of the list in their respective areas of the game.
Let’s talk about Barta’s performance first as he was wheeling and dealing from the bump over the weekend. The Dawson Bucs never saw it coming as Barta stepped onto the mound on Saturday’s morning game after having seen the Bucs four times earlier that week. But what took place you couldn’t have dreamt up; Barta would go on to retire 15 of the Bucs on strike-outs.
For some who don’t understand baseball, let me help you understand this performance. In the college baseball game you play seven innings, three outs per inning. That means there are 21 outs in a baseball game and you can credit Barta for 15 of them on his own. When you have a pitcher throwing complete games like that, you won’t lose many games.
Turn the page to the offensive side of the sport. The Eagles are excelling nationally from the plate. One of the reasons being the damage that quick-handed Chance Abrath is doing with his bat. Over the weekend, Abrath blasted three bombs against the Dawson Bucs, which has put him in a tie for most homeruns hit to date this year in the NJCAA with six total. Abrath is also in sixth place in RBI’s (Runs Batted In) as he has knocked in 24 runs for the high-powered Eagle offense.
Hopefully the rest of the Eagle’s are up to the challenge set by these two, and more records can be broken.