Surging A.C. Flora pulled even with Chapin in the Region 4-3A pennant race with a 3-1 win Tuesday on the Eagles home field.
The second-ranked Falcons (13-4, 6-1) parlayed a brilliant pitching performance by senior right-hander Matt Wallace and clutch hitting by senior Schroder Carlton into the huge that negated a 12-9 loss to Chapin at home in the first round of the region campaign on March 12.
Wallace allowed just two Eagle hits and no earned runs. The only score for Chapin came in the bottom of the sixth inning on an error by Wallace himself. Otherwise, he was in command – striking out eight with just one walk. Wallace retired the first 11 Chapin hitters he faced before Matt Charpia smacked a clean single up the middle with two outs in the fourth inning for the first Eagles hit of the game.
The only other Chapin safety was a leadoff single in the sixth by Kali Williams, who eventually scored when Wallace threw wildly on a pickoff attempt at third base.
Flora got going early when Jake Lewis hit the first pitch by Chapin starter Brandon White for a home run to left field. Carlton took over the offensive load from there with RBI doubles in the third and seventh inning. His two-out shot in the third scored Everett Eynon who opened the inning with single. Carlton chased home Donald Gillespie, who stroked a double ahead of him in the order, in the seventh with an insurance run.
The defending state champion Falcons had plenty of scoring chances with 11 hits, but found White tough to knock out. Eynon led the way with three hits, while Carlton, Gillespie and Jack Hudgens had two hits apiece.
White allowed two runs and nine hits in his six-inning stint with 10 strikeouts.
A.C. Flora has won 10 of its last 11 games after getting off to a 4-3 start. The sixth-ranked Eagles (14-3, 6-1) saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end.