The Saints may have been staggered by that rally but they were able to answer with four runs in the bottom of the third. Any doubt was erased when the Eagles basically picked up where they left off in the fourth. They surged to add six runs in the fourth.
Mitch Carbert, feeling confident at bat on the strength of his RBI double in the second, knocked in a run with a single. The bases were loaded when Kirby Marquart was hit by pitch. The bases were loaded again for the always-dangerous Ryan Beyer. There was no nickel-and-diming here. Beyer caught hold of a Dumont delivery and sent it over the fence. A grand slam to left-center! It was his fourth round-tripper of the campaign. His RBI harvest on this day alone was seven.
Dumont scored two runs in the fifth and the Eagles kept pace with two in the sixth, keeping the healthy margin intact. Nate Gades connected for a home run to right-center. An error allowed the final run in.
Gades was the starting pitcher and he might have been the winner, but he couldn't survive the fifth. On comes veteran Matthew Carrington in relief with two outs. Carrington breezed the rest of the way to pick up his fifth win.
The Eagles' triumph was their eighth in league with four league games left. They are assured at least a tie for the Canvas Division regular season title.
Four Eagles had multiple-hit games in the June 22 success: Jamie Van Kempen (two-for-four, two runs scored and an RBI), Ryan Beyer (three-for-three, two runs and those seven RBIs), Matthew Carrington (two-for-four and three runs scored) and Mitch Carbert (three-for-five, two runs and two RBIs). Eagles with one hit each were Kirby Marquart, Craig Knochenmus, Eric Asche, Brett Anderson and Nathan Gades.
Marquart scored three runs. Gades scored two runs and drove in two.
The pitching summary shows Gades with three strikeouts and Carrington with one.
Brett Anderson lined a single to center in the seventh. Tony Schultz reached on an infield hit in the eighth.
There was a flicker of hope for Morris in the eighth. That came in the form of a three-run rally, bringing the Eagles to within two on the scoreboard. The rally had a "manufactured" look to it. The Eagles got mileage out of a wild pitch, a sacrifice fly and an error. But they'll take the runs any way they can.
The Stars achieved some insurance in the bottom of the eighth with one run. An Eagle walked with two outs in the ninth but the door got slammed.
The Eagles had a hard time trying to slam the door themselves. They committed four errors and they were costly. The Stars survived their own four errors.
The Eagles were outhit 7-2. Ryan Beyer had the only RBI. Leadoff hitter Dusty Sauter stole a base, and was hit by pitch twice.
Spokesman Matthew Carrington called Nate Haseman the "hard-luck loser" on the pitching mound. He scattered seven hits and struck out four. Just two of the six runs he allowed were earned in his eight innings.