Posting an impressive 16-5 mark at season’s end, there’s no reason to think that the Eagles won’t be just as competitive next year. Eden Valley-Watkins returns eight starters in 2015, losing just one to graduation. Coach Dave Dziengel did another superb job with the girls, capturing a 16-win mark for the third consecutive year.
Following are a few statistics from 2014: Batting Average: Mindy Forcier .471; Brook Stang .459; Jamie Scherer .446; Kali Covert .400; Faith Forcier .313; Breanna Stang .290; Miranda Scherer .200; Bobbi Jo Block .192; Monica Ruhland .191; Sarah Pauly .190; Ashley Anderson .182. On Base Percentage: Mindy Forcier .566; Brook Stang .500; Jamie Scherer .532; Kali Covert .475; Faith Forcier .378; Breanna Stang .389; Miranda Scherer .333; Bobbi Jo Block .364; Monica Ruhland .296; Sarah Pauly .404; Ashley Anderson .333. Slugging Percentage: Mindy Forcier .485; Brook Stang .784; Jamie Scherer .615; Kali Covert .586; Faith Forcier .403; Breanna Stang .371; Miranda Scherer .200; Bobbi Jo Block .192; Monica Ruhland .213; Sarah Pauly .310; Ashley Anderson .182. Pitching: Jamie Scherer, 14-4; 18 games; 115 innings pitched; ERA 4.70; Kali Covert, 2-1, 1 save; 8 games; 26 innings pitched; ERA 7.96.
Tuesday, May 27, the girls finished their playoffs and season with a win over Isle, 6-3, and a loss to Browerville, 7-4. “We picked up a nice win against a very good Isle team in our first game of section play. Our top three batters—Jamie, Mindy, and Brook, were 7 for 10, to set the pace for us. They also scored 5 of the 6 runs in the game. Jamie Scherer was effective on the mound, scattering 5 hits in 7 innings of work. It was a great way to start the day,” said coach Dave Dziengel.
Ending a fine season at 16-5, this marks the Eagles’ third consecutive year recording 16 wins per season. Browerville took a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth, and EV-W answered with three manufactured runs in the bottom of the fourth, but that was as close as they would get. “We played much better this time against the Tigers, but we only got 7 hits (to their 14 hits) and Browerville made all of the plays. We gave ourselves a chance in the bottom of the seventh when Jamie Scherer and Brook Stang got on safely and we got the tying run to the plate, but we could not continue the rally. We return eight starters next year but we will really miss our lone senior, Jamie Scherer, who has been a tremendous asset to our program. She has been one of the backbones of Eden Valley Watkins’ Fastpitch and her effort and enthusiasm for the game is going to be missed,” coach Dziengel said. “I’m happy that we made it to the final 4 of the section, that we never gave up, and that we fought until the last out of the season,” added coach.
EV-W box score/Isle game: Jamie Scherer, 2 for 3, run scored; Brook Stang, 2 for 4, 2 runs scored; Faith Forcier, 0 for 4, run scored; Mindy Forcier, 3 for 4, 2 runs scored, RBI; Kali Covert, 1 for 3, RBI; Breanna Stang, 1 for 3; Ashley Anderson, 0 for 3; Monica Ruhland, 0 for 3; Bobbi Jo Block, 0 for 3; Miranda Scherer, 0 for 1.
EV-W box score/Browerville game: Jamie Scherer, 1 for 4; Brook Stang, 1 for 4, run scored; Faith Forcier, 0 for 3, 2 runs scored, RBI; Mindy Forcier, 0 for 0, run scored, RBI; Kali Covert, 1 for 4; Breanna Stang, 1 for 3; Ashley Anderson, 2 for 3; Monica Ruhland, 1 for 3; Sarah Pauly, 0 for 3.
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.