It could have gotten away from the Zionsville baseball team Friday night against HSE.

After losing game one of the HCC series to the Royals 4-3 on Thursday, the Eagles found themselves down 4-0 after two innings against the third-ranked Royals.

But all of a sudden the Eagles bats woke up and it made all the difference. Zionsville scored four runs in the third and fourth innings, and earned a split of the series with a 10-7 win.

"HSE is a great team and they will be one of the better teams we face all year," Zionsville head coach Jered Moore said. "After losing yesterday, I thought our kids bounced back really well, especially on offense."

The top of the third inning started innocently enough, for the Eagles, with Hopper Bumgardner earning a walk.

Colin Price followed with a single, and two batters later David Novak belted a 3-run homer to make it 4-3. Hayden Elsbury tied the game later in the inning with an RBI-single.

Bumgardner started the rally the next inning as well with a lead-off double. Two batters later Kyle Chrisman drove him in to give the Eagles the lead.

Jack Firestone’s RBI-double made it 6-4, and two pitches later Alec Rheinheimer hit a 2-run homer to give the Eagles an 8-4 lead.

"We were making good contact up and down the line-up," Moore said. "I thought their pitchers threw well, but we put some good swings on the ball like we are capable of doing. In the last couple of games we have struggled to score, so it was good to see some guys come up in key situations and come through."

The Royals rallied in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with no outs on two errors and a single and scoring three runs.

But with the tying run on second, Sam Hinshaw got a ground out to get out of the inning.

Hinshaw got the win, pitching 2 1/3 innings and striking out three.

"Sam came in and did a great job," Moore said. "We didn't play the best defense behind him. Yesterday, we lost 4-3 and there were really two key defensive mistakes that cost us the game. Had our bats not come alive today, we could have seen the same thing. But Sam did a great job of not really letting that affect him."

Zionsville got two big insurance runs in the sixth.

Firestone led off with a triple and scored on a Rheinheimer double. Two batters later Evan Bohrer hit a double to make it 10-7 and give the Eagles a cushion.

The Royals stranded two in the sixth and Rheinheimer worked around a lead off walk in the seventh for the save.

"Being up three really takes the pressure off the pitcher," Moore said. "Especially when you look at the seventh, and they get a walk, but they never got the tying run to the plate. As long as that doesn't happen, the defense can be relaxed, you are just worried about getting outs and not worried about base runners."

The Eagles are now 2-2 in the HCC.

In each of the first two series, the Eagles have dropped the opening game at home and then won game two on the road.

"It's never fun to lose the first game of a series, but the kids are staying in it and aren't folding," Moore said. "Both of those first games were one-run games and I have been glad to see that in both series, the kids have bounced back."

The Eagles are off until next Thursday and Friday, when they take on Brownsburg.

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