Despite out-hitting the Tigers, 6 to 3, the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles couldn’t manage a run Friday, May 24, at Browerville, losing the game 1-0, and any hopes of a continued, extended season. The Eagles pounded out six hits, but were unable to get them in a timely fashion, stranding seven runners on base. EV-W senior Hayden Willner pitched a good game, yielding just three hits and one earned run. Coach Mike Tomsche is proud of the boys’ efforts in a very tough season.
“The Browerville loss was a real tough one. We hung in there against a very good ball club, but ultimately a couple of mistakes ended our season. Hayden Willner pitched a very good game, and we had opportunities to score a few runs, but again we couldn’t get that timely hit when we needed it.”
The Eagles are naturally disappointed about the loss, but it was a tough year in more ways than one. The weather conditions we played in, coupled with losing
5 one-run ball games, made for a challenging spring. We improved as the season progressed but every team goes through seasons like this from time to time. We need to regroup for next year and keep striving to improve all areas of our game,” Tomsche said. Losing most of their pitching to graduation, the Eagles will be an inexperienced team in 2014. “Our young players will need to step up and be ready to play at the varsity level,” said coach Tomsche.
Though it seems like it just stopped snowing, the baseball season has suddenly come to an end. The Eden Valley-Watkins baseball team closed the door on the swiftly moving regular season by splitting a double-header with Rockford Monday, May 20, losing 8-4 and winning 3-1. Despite two home runs by Alex Geislinger and one by Hayden Willner, the Eagles could not sustain any kind of rally, and the three round-trippers were their only hits in game one. The EV-W bats came alive in game two, as the Eagles scattered nine hits en route to their 3-1 victory.
UPDATE: Section final game is at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 30 (not 5 p.m.)
The 2013 Eden Valley-Watkins softball team defeated ACGC May 24 (6-5) to take the Section 5A West Championship. They faced Isle, the 5A East Champs, Tuesday afternoon, May 28, soundly defeating them 16-1 in five innings. The will next play either Osakis or Rush City at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Whitney Park Field. Team seniors are Baylee Lahr, Mickael Lies, Holly Schumacher, Briana Plantenberg, Kaylee Forcier, and Tina Streit. Juniors are Jamie Scherer, Lexi Klatt, and Ashley Huschle. Underclasswomen are Breanna Stang, Faith Forcier, Brook Stang, Mindy Forcier, Sarah Pauly, and Kali Covert. Congratulations, girls, on a great season (albeit a short and fast one)!
The Eden Valley-Watkins baseball team dropped a double-dipper Friday, May 17, at Howard Lake, 5-4 and 9-0. Eagles’ coach Mike Tomsche is well aware of the problem areas. “We committed three errors in game one, that played a big role in our 5-4 loss. If we make those plays we win; plain and simple.” The Eagles’ problems seem to be mostly centered on the basics and they are costly. “In game two, errors and walks were our downfall. We need to make the plays behind our pitchers and get our bats going. We are not doing the little things to win close ball games.” Tomsche said.
The Eden Valley-Watkins baseball team lost one and won one last Monday, May 13, at home, in a conference battle twin bill with Holdingford, 7-0 and 3-0. Eagles’ coach Mike Tomsche is pleased with the performance. “Game one, we committed a couple of errors that hurt us. The game was closer than reflected by the score. Austin Berg threw a great second game, allowing only a single and earned the shut out. We are playing better baseball and the return of senior Alex Geislinger to our line-up will help.”