Jim Ellis

Special to the Grove Sun

AFTON — Thwarting Welch on three different occasions with the bases loaded, Afton claimed a 6-2 victory over the Wildcats in a high school baseball game here Wednesday afternoon.

The game originally was scheduled to be played at Welch, but was moved earlier in the day.

The Eagles jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, pushed across two runs each in the third and fourth.

Welch got both of its runs in the top of the fifth, but Afton generated its final tally in the home half of the inning.

Eric Wilmoth worked the first six innings for the Eagles, scattering six hits while striking out six and walking five.

Dusty Henry threw the seventh, striking out two while walking two.

“Five walks are way too many,” Afton coach O. Jay Bowen said. “He (Wilmoth) struggled to hit his spots, but he still got the win. I can live with that.”

Brennon Fuser collected three singles for the Eagles. He also stole four bases and scored three times.

Wilmoth helped himself with a pair of singles.

Matt Wisdom doubled and Henry, Brooks Victor, Trevor Holland, Dalton Shinn and Trevor Maupin added singles.

Losing pitcher Asa Chenoweth had two singles for Welch, which also got singles from Schultz, Kelley and Brenton Hale.

Kelley finished on the mound for the Wildcats. Combined, they had no walks and only one hit batter.

Afton split games at Porter on Tuesday, falling 5-1 to the host Pirates before blanking Chouteau 8-0.

Henry allowed only one hit, a fourth-inning single.

The Eagles broke out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and added three more runs in the second.

They added two more runs in the third and a final two in the fifth.

Fuser had a double and single while Wilmoth and Maupin chipped in with two singles each.

Henry, Holland and Zack Dodson added singles.

In the loss to Porter, the Eagles were up 1-0 in the first inning only to have the hosts take the lead in the fourth on a three-run home run.

Porter added two more runs in the fifth.

Wilmoth had two of Afton’s five hits in the game. Henry doubled and Fuser and Shinn each added a single.

Dodson went the distance, suffering the loss. He struck out nine while allowing five hits

The Eagles travel to Colcord Monday.