The Eden Valley-Watkins softball team started the post-season right, taking a decisive victory Monday afternoon at home, 13-3, over the Swanville Bulldogs. Things got off to a pretty rocky start, as the Eagles surrendered
3 unearned runs in the first inning, handing Swanville an early lead. Eagle coach Dave Dziengel is happy with the win, regardless of the early-inning jitters. “We came out a little flat and we gave the Bulldogs 3 unearned runs in the first inning. It took until the 3rd inning but we eventually scored 13 unanswered runs to win in 6 innings. In the 3rd inning we stayed patient at the plate, as we used 3 walks, 1 hit batter, and only 1 hit, to score 5 runs. Baylee Lahr did another good job as she limited Swanville to 6 hits over 6 innings, giving up no earned runs.” Though it is not yet set in stone, the Eagles will most likely not play Tuesday, but instead they will travel to Minnewaska on Wednesday, to take on the winner of the Browerville/Royalton game in Osakis. At press time, EV-W posted a 10-4 overall record.
EV-W box score: Baylee Lahr,
1 for 2, 2 runs scored; Jamie Scherer, 0 for 3; Kaylee Forcier,
2 for 3, 2 runs scored; Holly Schumacher, 0 for 3, 2 runs scored; Brook Stang, 2 for 4, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI; Mickael Lies-Thielen, 0 for 4; Briana Plantenberg, 0 for 3, RBI; Faith Forcier, 2 for 3, 3 runs scored, RBI; Mindy Forcier, 1 for 4, run scored, RBI.
Holly Schumacher blasted a 3-run round-tripper last Tuesday, May 7, in Rockford, to help seal the EV-W Eagles’ first of two games victory, 6-3. Eagle coach Dave Dziengel was impressed with the team’s effort. “Jamie Scherer did a fabulous job, picking up her first varsity win tonight. She held Rockford scoreless, giving up just 6 hits over 4 innings of work. Equally as impressive was Baylee Lahr’s performance, as she worked a quick two innings to secure the win. The big blow for us offensively tonight was Holly Schumacher’s 3-run homerun in the third inning.”
The Rockets turned the tables on the Eagles in game two, taking the contest in a shutout win, 4-0. The Eagles managed just 3 hits, while Rockford pounded out 10. “Rockford scored 3 quick runs in the first inning and didn’t look back in this game. We could only muster three hits off their starting pitcher and we just couldn’t get anything going offensively,” said Dziengel. EV-W’s overall record is 4-3 and 3-3 in conference play.
Making the journey to Pierz Monday, May 6, was well worth it for the Eden Valley-Watkins softball team, as they swept a double-dipper from the Pioneers, 7-0 and 10-3. Coach Dave Dziengel was happy with the girls’ performance. “We combined 6 hits with 7 walks to come out ahead in game one. Baylee Lahr did a nice job of keeping the Pierz hitters off balance, effectively throwing her change up as she collected 4 strikeouts without giving up a walk.”
The EV-W gals kept their foot on the pedal, racking up 10 runs in the second game and making the day’s total, 17-3. “The bats came alive as we collected 11 hits in game two. Brook Stang hit a 2-run homerun and had 4 RBI for the day. We played error-free ball during both games. Baylee Lahr again collected 4 strikeouts without giving up a walk. Ashley Huschle was 3 for 3, scoring 2 runs,” Dziengel said.
Let’s Play Five! That’s what the Eden Valley-Watkins softball team will do this opening week, as they gear up for the weather-dictated, reshuffled schedule. Coach Dave Dziengel was happy to finally get the season under way. “After a long season indoors, it was nice to get out and play an actual game. Baylee Lahr was a little wild but got the job done, pitching an effective game and limiting Osakis to 2 runs and scattering just 6 hits.” Opening the season Monday, the Eagles, behind senior Holly Schumacher’s 2-home run-5 RBI effort, captured the 8-2 non-conference victory over the Osakis Silverstreaks. Schumacher connected on a three-run shot in the bottom of the fourth inning, extending EV-W’s lead to 6-1. She added a two-run homer in the sixth, and teammate Jamie Scherer doubled twice and scored three runs for the Eagles.
The Eden Valley-Watkins baseball team lost a double-dipper to the Maple Lake Irish Thursday, May 2; 10-0 and 8-1. Maple Lake hitters jumped out of the dugout and swiped a 4-0 first-inning lead. En-route to the rainbow’s end, the Irish found gold as they rallied for six more runs in the third, behind Dustin Strub’s perfect 3 for 3 efforts. The ambush culminated in a 10-hit 10-run massacre by Maple Lake in game one. Landon Caughey picked up the win, allowing just three hits, while fanning six. Eagles coach Mike Tomsche is optimistic and realistic. “It was a tough night. We are playing hard but not playing at the level we need to. We were short on pitching last night which didn’t help either. Our goal is to keep playing hard, improve each week and hopefully pick up some wins in our upcoming games.” The Eagles managed just three hits, sending a mere 19 hitters to the plate.