The Eden Valley-Watkins baseball team opened the season at home Monday, splitting a twin bill with Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. Eagles coach Mike Tomsche sums up the effort. “We were not happy with our performance in game one. No part of our game was good. Having said that, we know we are capable of playing much better and we did in game two. We got a good pitching outing from Hayden Willner and played better defensively as well. We need some time outdoors to work on some things and will improve as the season progresses. We have some very good athletes and we will improve.”
Game one went to the Jaguars, as they managed 13 runs on just 7 hits, and held the Eagles to 4 hits and 5 runs. Winning pitcher Adam Heinze yielded all of the 5 earned runs, and reliever Matt Schmitz slammed the door in the final 3 innings. Eagles hurler Alex Geislinger took the loss, surrendering 10 error-aided runs in the first two innings. Reliever Austin Berg went 4 and 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits.
Turning the tables in game two, EV-W took the victory, 4-1, on a stellar, complete game performance by pitcher Hayden Willner, who allowed just 3 hits and fanned 10 Jaguars. Alex Geislinger came through with a clutch third inning, 2-run triple, while Willner helped his own cause, collecting two hits. Senior Travis Linn and juniors Grant Winter and Cain Renner had a hit apiece.
According to the revised schedule, the Eagles play two with Maple Lake Thursday, May 2.