The Huntland High School Hornets lost to the Eagleville Eagles 12-7 at home Tuesday for their 10th loss of the season.
A six-run third inning gave the Eagles a sizable advantage early in the game and a comeback attempt by the Hornets would ultimately fall short.
Huntland head baseball coach Brent Davis said that a slow start proved costly for his team in the contest.
“We’ve just got to get off to a better start. Waiting until the third inning to get into ballgames has got us the last couple of nights,” Davis said. “(Eagleville) is a good team. They hit the ball well, and we’ve got to just fix the little mistakes and go up there ready to play as soon as it starts.”
The Eagles plated the first two runs of the game with a two-out RBI double in the top of the second inning. The Hornets were able to answer back early as Alex Meyerring hit an RBI double to make it a 2-1 game.
The Eagles batted around in the top of the third inning as their six-run frame gave them an 8-1 edge over the Hornets early in the contest.
The Hornets made up some ground in the bottom half of the inning as Kolbi Stewart and Eli Wiggs both hit RBI singles to make it an 8-3 game.
Stewart and Will Jolley both came through with two-out RBI singles in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit down to three runs.
The Eagles scored another run off of an RBI double in the top of the fifth, but Trace Morris hit an RBI triple for Huntland in the bottom of the fifth and later scored on an error off of a ball hit by Gavin Morgan to make it a 9-7 game.
However, the Eagles scored two more runs in the sixth inning and one run in the seventh to pull back ahead by five.
The Hornets loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but they were not able to push any runs across as they lost by five.
With the loss, the Hornets moved to 7-10 on the season and 5-3 in district play.
They will next play Thursday against the Huntsville Falcons at Community Middle School in a game for the Walking Horse Classic. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.