After a challenging week off the field, the Mayflower baseball team returned to the field Thursday and defeated Dover at Dover, 8-5, in a matchup of conference champions.
The Eagles spent most of the week helping in recovery from Sunday’s tornado damage.
“We were a little rusty tonight after not playing for a week,” said Mayflower coach Joe Allbritton. “We have only been able to practice once this week. This has been a tough week for our kids and our community. We have several players who have lost their homes or had significant damage.
“The kids and coaches have worked in the community this week to try and help those in need. It’s hard to think about baseball at a time like this but I think this may have been good therapy for our kids and the community.”
Mayflower (21-2) took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double from Drew Duncan and a two-run home run by Tyler Herrin.
The Eagles pushed the lead to 4-0 in the third as Michael Post scored on a wild pitch after a walk and single from Jordan Burns. After Dover cut the deficit to 4-1, Mayflower took advantage of four walks in the fifth and a single by Herrin plated two more runs for a 6-1 lead.
The Pirates scored in the fifth and sixth to make it a 6-4 game going to the seventh.
Mayflower added two runs in the seventh on hits from Herrin and Tyler Godwin.
Dover made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh as the Pirates scored one.
Herrin was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Burns was 2-for-3. The Eagles threw four pitchers and Burns (6-0) was credited with the victory.
In JV action, the Eagles lost, 2-1. Justin Case led the Eagles at the plate. Trey Bradley took the loss for the Eagles.