Fresh off a convincing 13-5 victory over Royalton, the Eden Valley-Watkins baseball boys headed to Holdingford Tuesday, April 22, and dropped a close one, 4-3. The Eagles had a tough time getting started, but finally rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning, knotting the game. But in the bottom of the seventh, the Huskers’ Jeremy Springer and Jake Nelson reached on errors. Mitch Merten was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. After Mitch Messman struck out looking, Jordan Gombos was hit by a pitch, forcing in the winning run. “After we scored three in the top of the seventh, then loaded the bases with two out, we just couldn’t come up with a timely hit. It was a well-played game with Austin Schlangen and Holdingford’s
J. Nelson locked into a 1-0 pitcher’s duel through the sixth. Holdingford was a good test to see where we are at, and hope to see continued improvement,” EV-W coach Mike Tomsche said.
The Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins girls’ golf team competed in a Central Minnesota Conference meet at Shamrock Tuesday, April 15. The ladies came out a little rusty and tied for last in the 7-team event, hosted by Rockford.
The conference battle included teams from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins, Maple Lake, Pierz, Rockford and Osakis. Scoring summary: K-EV-W’s junior Nicole Vossen, 46; eighth-grader Trinity Erickson, 52;
B-B-E’s Peyton Miller shot 45, Maple Lake’s Tabitha Latzig shot 43, Pierz’s Jessica Hawks shot 45, Rockford’s Haley Woodrich shot 50, Osakis’s Annalise Savageau and Ariel Chalmers shot 45; and Alayna Eldred took Meet Medalist honors with a 41. Osakis took first place with a net 177; second place - Maple Lake, 192 net; third place - B-B-E, 205 net; fourth place - Pierz, 250 net; fifth place - Rockford, 253 net; sixth K-EV-W, 300 net; seventh place, HL-W-W,
Opening the season at home, Thursday, April 10, the Eagles topped Lester Prairie/Holy
Trinity by a touchdown, 14-7. Eden Valley-Watkins got off to a slow start, but they eventually knocked off the rust, tallying eight runs in the third inning and adding six more in the fifth. Coach Mike Tomsche is happy to get that first win under his belt. “We started out a bit shaky but came up with some timely hitting when we needed it. Austin Schlangen and Logan Linn, who got the win, both threw pretty well.” Senior catcher Matt Unterberger had a good day, going 2 for 4 with a double and
2 RBI. Teammate Austin Schlangen helped the cause with a single and a double.
The weather woes were well worth the wait for the lady Eagles, as they hammered out 13 hits en route to a 16-10 victory in Upsala Thursday, April 10. EV-W had the bats working overtime, scoring runs in six of the seven innings. Coach Dave Dziengel was pleased to get back at it. “It was nice to finally get a game in, and we are actually playing 19 days earlier than last season.” Senior Jamie Scherer was credited with the win. “Jamie did an OK job pitching. She got a little tired in the sixth and the Cardinals did a nice job rallying, to make the score 14-10. We added two runs in the seventh and held on for our first win of the season,” Dziengel said. The Eagles are a talented, enthusiastic bunch with plenty of new faces. “With five new starters, I was happy how we swung the bats and how well we did running the bases. We will need to continue to improve with games next week against a good Browerville team and our first game against a very athletic Pierz team,” added coach Dziengel.
EV-W box score: Jamie Scherer, 2 for 6, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI; Brook Stang, 2 for 4, run scored, 2 RBI; Faith Forcier, 0 for 4, 2 runs scored; Mindy Forcier, 2 for 2, 4 runs scored, RBI; Kali Covert, 3 for 5, run scored, 3 RBI; Breanna Stang, 2 for 5, run scored, RBI; Sarah Pauly, 0 for 2, 3 runs scored; Bobbi Jo Block, 1 for 2, run scored, RBI; Ashley Anderson, 1 for 4, run scored, RBI.
The Central Minnesota Conference boys’ golf meet at Prairie View last Friday, April 4, resulted in a good team showing for the Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins bunch. They finished with an aggregate score of 186, smack dab in the middle of the pack. Second-year head coach Jason Huschle is pleased with the early-season effort. “Overall I was happy with our performance, especially since we have only been outside on the course for a week. We have put ourselves in a good position to finish in the top half of the conference this year which was one our goals coming into the season. Now we just have to focus on getting better and improving on our scores every time we are on the course.”
Competing in the conference battle were Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Kimball-Eden Valley-Watkins, Maple Lake, Pierz, Rockford and Osakis. Meet Scoring Summary: K-EV-W’s Tommy Wurtz, 44; Tony DeJuliannie, 59; Nathan Vassen, 48; Reese Jansen, 43; Skyler Schiefelbein, 51; Brandon Schiefelbein, 57. B-B-E’s Jackson Gregory shot 45, HL-W-W’s Collin Benson shot 46, Maple Lake’s Brandon Borell shot 45, Pierz’s Ethan Lochner shot 50, and Rockford’s Ty Griffin (meet medalist) shot 38. Osakis’s Joe Garcia shot 42. Rockford took first place with a net 170; second place, Osakis, 183 net; third place, K-EV-W, 186 net; fourth place, B-B-E, 190 net; fifth place, Maple Lake, 191 net; sixth place, HL-W-W, 203 net; seventh place, Pierz, 258 net.