Pitcher Daniel Smith had a fantastic outing last Tuesday night, striking out nine Fulton Hornet batters to lead the Eagles to a 10-3 win.

Seth Mueller tags out a Battle runner at the plate in Monday’s loss to the Spartans.

On Monday, Smith could not get his curve ball over the plate and his fast ball did not have its hop as he gave up a run in the first inning, two more in the second and the Battle Spartans scored six more off Smith and reliever Seth Mueller on their way to a 13-2 five-inning win.

The loss dropped the Eagles to 10-10 before Tuesday’s regular season finale and this weekend’s district tournament in Sullivan.

“We just couldn’t throw any strikes tonight,” said Eagles coach Andy Jahnsen. On top of Battle hitters hitting frozen ropes, they had 11 hits in their four at-bats, to the gap when they did see strikes, the Eagles week-long layoff due to the Fulton Tournament cancellation did not help.

“It’s tough to have that tournament rained out right before the last week of the season,” Jahnsen said, “but everyone has been challenged by the weather this spring.”

Offensively, the Eagles were stymied by Spartans pitcher Mason Hunter and his 90-mph-plus fastball.

“We knew we would have a hard time getting on base Jahnsen said, “he throws hard.

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By Bruce Wallace