The Eads Eagles have yet to play in their home opener as they continued on the road over the past week playing their fourth consecutive game away from the home hearth. Last Tuesday their bats were strong, but defensively they could not hold off 2A Fowler losing, 21-11. However, on Friday, Eads gained their first win, and a conference win to boot, when they grabbed a gem of a game, 6-1, over Granada. The Bobcats would just slip by Eads in the second five-inning game, 7-6. But now, this week, the Eagles are looking at a line of games to be played on their own turf.
On Tuesday, the Grizzlies took an early lead in the first inning. T. Martinez drove in two when he singled. Fowler then took the lead for good with six runs in the third inning. In that stanza, Trey McDowell’s wild pitch allowed one run to score for Fowler, B. Bates then doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring two runs, and Q Flanscha’s sac fly scored one more run for Fowler.
Eads grabbed six runs in the second inning when T.J. Conaway, David Arnold, Hatch Nelson, and Brandon Lening all contributed in that big inning with RBI’s.
Fowler drove in eight more runs in the fourth inning putting an end to any threat by Eads. They would tally 19 hits on the day against the Eads pitching staff of McDowell and Zach Haase.
McDowell started the game for the Eads Eagles and went three innings, allowing 6 earned runs on 6 hits and striking out three. Haase threw one and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen giving up 9 earned runs on 13 hits and 3 strike outs.
McDowell and Haase also led the offense as McDowell was 2-for-3 with 1 run, 2 RBI’s, and a stolen base. Haase went 2-for-4 with 2 runs, 1 RBI, and 4 stolen bases. David Arnold had 2 RBI’s and Conaway scored 3 times in the loss.
In their first conference game of the season, the freshman Brigden Parker would take the mound and would be the winning pitcher allowing two hits and one run over seven innings of play. The lefty would fan 13 batters.
Offensively, the Eagles won the game in the fourth inning when they scored 3 runs. Aiden Michael and Haase each had an RBI in that big inning.
The Eagles tallied eight hits in the game. Haase and Michael each collected two hits for Eads. Eads tore up the base paths, as McDowell and Haase each stole 2 bases.
Both games counted in the double-header against the Bobcats, and unfortunately, Eads had one bad inning that broke up the conference sweep. Eads lost the nightcap, 7-6.
The Eagles got things started in the first inning when David Arnold singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run.
But Granada pulled ahead for good in the third inning with Eads leading 3-0 at that point. They would score five runs that started when Stefan McGee singled on a 1-1 count scoring one run and Devon Jara singled on a 0-2 count, scoring one run.
Eads came roaring back in the fifth inning as Amber Kopasz and Haase both drove in runs.
McDowell got the start for Eads and went 2 and 2/3 innings before the Bobcat bats chased him down. He surrendered 5 earned runs on 4 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strike outs. Freshman Hatch Nelson, coming from the bullpen in his first preps appearance, replaced McDowell on the mound for 2 and 1/3 innings giving up an earned run, 2 hits, 2 walks, and forcing 3 batters to sit down.
Eads had their opportunities but left men on base way too many times. Michael and Lening were left out in the cold 8 times combined. McDowell had 2 hits while Nelson and Arnold each added a hit. All three contributed an RBI apiece. The Eagles also burned up the base paths on the Bobcats with Haase and McDowell having 2 stolen bases apiece.
Eads is now looking at their home opener against Stratton/Liberty on Tuesday at 4 pm and then will welcome a good Springfield group to the Eads field on Friday looking at a 3 pm first pitch.