Working around thechameleon-like weather, the Eden Valley-Watkins baseball bunch managed to slip in a doubleheader at Rockford on Friday, April 25. However, the double defeats, 4-0 and 17-5, could not be blamed on the conditions, as coach Mike Tomsche knows. “We had a tough couple of games with Rockford. Bottom line is that we didn’t play well and know we’re a better team than the one that showed up Friday. We have a lot of work to do and will keep competing and improving.” The Eagles were a bit meager at the plate, collecting just nine hits in the twin bill, while the Rockets popped for 23 safeties.
The Eden Valley-Watkins’ softball team split a double-header with Rockford Thursday, April 24, dropping game one, 6-0 and taking the nightcap, 12-11. Rockets’ sophomore pitcher Bria Majeski was the juggernaut in the Eagles’ efforts, striking out the first
17 batters she faced. Ashley Anderson broke the fanning machine, putting a ball into play and reaching base in the bottom of the sixth. “We finally showed some signs of life, collecting a couple of hits in the seventh, but it was too little, too late. I was happy the way Kali Covert pitched tonight in her first varsity start, despite taking the loss,” said coach Dave Dziengel.
EV-W box score/game one: Jamie Scherer, 1 for 3; Brook Stang, 0 for 3; Faith Forcier, 0 for 3; Mindy Forcier, 0 for 3; Kali Covert, 1 for 3; Breanna Stang, 0 for 2; Ashley Anderson, 0 for 2; Sarah Pauly, 0 for 2; Bobbi Jo Block, 0 for 2.
Eden Valley-Watkins sophomore Logan Linn led the Eagles’ 14-hit assault with an impressive five of his own, as EV-W thumped the Royals, 13-5, in an April 21 makeup game. Posting eight runs through the first six innings, the Eagles put the hammer down in the top of the seventh, pounding out five additional runs and closing the deal. Linn got the starting nod on the mound and hurled six brilliant innings, scattering just four hits while fanning eight, allowing two earned runs and picking up the win. Travis Thielen closed out the victory, going one inning and surrendering just one earned run. Eagles head coach Mike Tomsche likes the kids’ efforts. “Logan Linn threw six strong innings striking out eight. His control was pretty good and he mixed up his pitches well. Senior centerfielder Cain Renner was 3 for 4 with two doubles. We have some things we need to work on but I’m always happy to get the win. We will keep stressing the fundamentals and show improvement each game.”
Playing back-to-back games last week, the Eagles continued their winning ways, overcoming Holdingford, 9-5, in the Tuesday, April 22, home opener. Trailing by a pair of runs through the fourth inning, Eden Valley-Watkins exploded for six big runs in the home half of the fifth. That would be enough to seal the win and first conference victory of the young season. “We did a very nice job hitting today, collecting 11 hits in 6 innings of work. Jamie pitched well again, scattering 6 hits over 7 innings for the second day in a row. After getting behind, we battled back with a big 6-run fifth-inning to secure our first conference win,” Coach Dave Dziengel said.
EV-W box score: Jamie Scherer, 2 for 4, run scored, RBI; Brook Stang, 2 for 4, 2 runs scored; Faith Forcier, 2 for 4, run scored; Mindy Forcier, 3 for 3, 2 runs scored, RBI; Kali Covert, 0 for 4, run scored; Breanna Stang, 0 for 3, run scored; Ashley Anderson, 2 for 4, run scored, 2 RBI; Monica Ruhland, 0 for 3; Sarah Pauly, 0 for 3.
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.