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May 7, 2014

Manney, Eagles double up Indians

PERU — Beekmantown pitcher Greg Manney took a ball off his foot in Tuesday’s fourth inning, but coach Eric Bell didn’t even think about pulling the senior right-hander.

Manney went the distance against Peru and showed more grit in the bottom of the seventh, getting out of a jam to preserve a 4-2 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference baseball victory.

“Most people probably would’ve come out after that. He’s going to have a hard time walking tomorrow, I’m sure,” Beekmantown coach Eric Bell said. “But I know, the way he is, there’s no chance in heck he would’ve let me take him off the mound.

“He’s one of the biggest competitors on this team.”

The game was the second of five the Eagles will play during a six-day stretch. The busy week didn’t start out well — they struck out 12 times while losing to Ticonderoga on Monday — but Bell was pleased with the way they bounced back.

“We were very down (Monday) after our game,” the coach said. “We knew we could’ve played better. We struck out a lot, and we wanted to come into this game with a focus to put the ball in play. And we did that (Tuesday).”

Beekmantown’s Quenton Barber lined a ball up the middle to bring in a run in the first inning, and in the third, Brantley Marion and Mickey Pepper hit back-to-back singles to plate two more runs.

Manney did not permit a base runner until the third inning. In the fourth, Peru put two runners on with a single and a hit batter. With two outs, Jonathan Plessis-Belair sent a pitch off Manney’s foot, allowing the Indians’ first run to score.

The Eagles (5-6) made it 4-1 in the sixth on Cameron VanNatten’s fly to center field. But their lead didn’t look so comfortable in the bottom of the seventh.

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