Central Methodist (16-16, 8-6 HAAC) took its win streak to six games after the game-one victory. Grace (24-13) grabbed a 6-2 lead in the top of the fourth following a Victory Serna two-run double before the Eagles rallied with six runs in the fifth.
Hayden McMillon and Kyle Poynter scored the first two runs in the bottom of the fifth on two Royals’ errors. The Eagles batted around in the frame, as a Neil Hansen two-run single gave his team a 7-6 edge. A McMillon RBI single increased the Central Methodist lead to 8-6.
The Royals tied the affair in the seventh with RBI hits from Carlos Ochoa and Brian Eichhorn, but the Eagles put together the winning attack in the eighth with two outs, starting with a Reese Johnson single to right center. Shipp pinch ran for the left handed pitcher who entered the game in the top of the frame and pitched a hitless half-inning. An Eli Bowers and Nick Galenti walk followed, loading the bases for Mike Wagner. On a 1-1 count, a Luciano Reynoso slider bounced in the dirt and to the backstop, allowing Shipp to score the winning run from third base.
McMillon, Poynter and C.J. Regan each had two hits. Regan scored two runs. Bowers and Hansen each had two RBIs.
Johnson (4-0) got the win with one inning of shutout ball, allowing one walk.
An Enriquez RBI double started a three-run first inning in game two, as the Royals jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
The Eagles’ lone run came in the fourth when Brandon Lamphier-Shaffer scored on a Royals’ error.
Grace added an insurance run in the fifth on a Jacinto Garcia RBI single.
Nick Padley had two hits in game two for the Eagles.
Rhett Quinlan (2-4) suffered the defeat, allowing five runs, three earned, on 11 hits with one strikeout and two walks in six innings.
A Jesse Zellner walk-off single in the seventh inning completed Central Methodist’s four-game sweep of Graceland, as the Eagles took the final two games of the Heart of America Athletic Conference series Sunday at Estes Field by scores of 1-0 and 4-3.
Mike Wagner was the story of game one Sunday for Central Methodist, which swept Graceland in four games for a second-straight season. The senior hurler (2-3) went the distance on the mound, tossing a four-hit shutout with four strikeouts and one walk.
Central Methodist pounded out 21 runs on 19 hits in two games Saturday against the Yellowjackets. The Eagles won the first game 9-3 and the second game 12-5.
Zellner, T.J. Singh and Kyle Poynter each had home runs Saturday against Graceland. The Eagles moved into second place in the HAAC Eastern Division following the four-game sweep, sitting two games behind division leader Evangel.