The Central Minnesota Conference Track & Field Sub-Sections took place at Litchfield, Tuesday, May 20. Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball has 19 tracksters moving on to sections next week. Both the men’s and women’s teams finished second in the eight-team meet. Litchfield won the women’s division, and New London-Spicer took the men’s division.
The Eden Valley-Watkins’ baseball boys hosted Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Friday,
May 23, for a sub-section contest. The Falcons came up with a big 6-run fifth inning, to prevail with a 10-3 victory.
The EV-W fastpitch team looked good and played tough in the sub-sections at Minnewaska May 21 and 22. Defeating Royalton Wednesday, May 21, 7-2, the Eagles advanced to meet Browerville Thursday, May 22, where they dropped a squeaker, 11-9, in extra innings. EV-W opened up sub-section play after a week off, with a 7-2 win over Royalton. “We did a great job defensively and Jamie did a super job pitching ahead in the count, and limiting Royalton to six hits in her seven-inning complete game effort. I thought that our hitting was a little off and we will need to do a better job making adjustments in our sub-section championship game tomorrow at Minnewaska against Browerville,” said coach Dave Dziengel.
Eden Valley-Watkins’ pitcher/second baseman Jamie Scherer has been selected to play in the Minnesota High School Fastpitch Coaches Association and the National Softball Association/Minnesota Sports Federation 26th Annual Minnesota High School All-Star Girls Softball Series Sunday, June 8, which promotes and highlights Minnesota girls’ fastpitch softball. Jamie is the first fast-pitch softball player in the program to receive this honor, according to Eagles’ coach Dave Dziengel. The All-Star Softball Series will feature 72 of the state’s best senior softball players along with 12 outstanding high school coaches. The All-Stars are selected by the Minnesota High School Fastpitch Coaches Association to represent all graduating seniors and are recognized as Minnesota’s premier softball players. The All-Stars are chosen and then “drafted” onto six teams by high school class. The teams will participate in a tournament totaling six games.
The girls fought their way back into the Section 5A final 4 with a subsection 5A west runner-up finish at home against Kimball Friday afternoon. “It was a great home win today for our program. And now we’re moving on to section play next week,” said an excited coach Dave Dziengel. Kali Covert started the game and had a hard time finding the strike zone, giving up 4 earned runs on 3 walks, 1 hit, and a 3-run homerun to Lauren Libbesmeier in the first inning. Jamie Scherer came in to record the final out of the inning. Jamie would continue to pitch the remainder of the game, giving up just 1 earned run on 1 hit in the final six innings. “We scored 4 runs in the second inning, highlighted by Brook Stang’s 2-run homerun and after 4 complete, we were ahead 7-5 when play was halted because of darkness,” added coach. The Eagles emerged victorious, 11-5, in the ultimate resumption.