The Eden Valley-Watkins softball team has begun a habit they don’t soon want to break. Claiming their second consecutive 5A-West title, the Eagles overcame a 5-inning, 3-run deficit, at the Minnewaska tournament complex on Friday, May 24, to capture the championship final game over the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons, 6-5. EV-W coach Dave Dziengel is filled with exuberance and pride. “This was a fabulous win for our program and our seniors. We trailed the entire game and scored 5 runs in the final 2 innings to steal a victory against a very good Falcon’s team.” Briana Plantenberg had the big shot in the 6th inning, when she hit a 2-out smash up the middle to score Brook Stang and Baylee Lahr, who had both reached on base hits. Equally as important in that inning was a successful sacrifice bunt by Faith Forcier, who advanced the runners to second and third. Briana scored later in the inning on a base hit down the left field line by Mindy Forcier. After 6 complete the score was 5-4 Falcons.
“We held ACGC scoreless in the top of the 7th, on a nice catch by Jamie Scherer and two catches by Mindy Forcier. In the bottom of the 7th Mickael Lies led off with a double to put the tying run on second base,” Dziengel said. Jamie Scherer attempted to sacrifice bunt, but the Falcon’s third-baseman threw the ball into right field, allowing Scherer to get all the way to third base. On the very next pitch Kaylee Forcier again sacrifice bunted, scoring Scherer, and securing the victory. The Eagles’ season record now stands at a hefty 12-4. “We look forward/fortunate to again be playing in the winner bracket of section 5A tourney,” said Dziengel. Eden Valley-Watkins will take on the Huskies from Isle at 5:00 in Saint Cloud’s Whitney Park, on Tuesday, May 28.
EV-W box score: Baylee Lahr,
2 for 3, run scored; Jamie Scherer, 0 for 3, 2 runs scored; Kaylee Forcier, 0 for 2, RBI; Holly Schumacher, 0 for 3; Brook Stang, 2 for 3, 1 run scored, RBI; Mickael Lies-Thielen, 3 for 3, run scored; Briana Plantenberg, 2 for 3, run scored,
2 RBI; Faith Forcier, 0 for 2; Mindy Forcier, 1 for 3, RBI.
(See the championship team photo on page 10.)
Spoiler alert: The Eagles defeated Isle Tuesday, May 28, and are one game (May 30) away from the Section 5A championship.