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Eads’ Porter Spady holds onto the tag during a collision at third base.
Diane K. Brown

Eads Baseball Finishes Fifth in Conference 3, Will Take On #4 Stratton

By Betsy Barnett

May 4, 2022

The Eads Eagles ended the regular season with three non-conference games on slate as they prepare for the upcoming playoffs. On Tuesday they took on 2A Crowley County at the Eads field and found away to win the contest, 4-2. They then traveled to a tri-meet with 2A Simla and the always strong Otis Bulldogs. The Eagles would drop both contests losing to Simla, 8-1 and then to Otis, 5-3.

Eads is now 8-7 overall on the season and 6-4 in the conference placing them 5th overall. They will travel to #4 Stratton on Tuesday with the winner advancing to the semi-finals and finals rounds in Las Animas on Saturday.

Last Tuesday in Eads the Eagles stole the lead late and defeated Crowley County 4-2. The game was tied at two with the Eagles batting in the bottom of the fifth when Cade McDowell singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.

In the first inning, Crowley County got their offense started when Tach Brewer singled bringing in Brown who had arrived on an error. Brewer then scored on Geringer single to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Chargers.

But in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Eagles tied things up at two apiece. An error scored two runs for Eads. The inning started when freshman Spencer Uhland pulled a walk. Nelson then singled to right field moving Uhland to second base. With two outs another freshman, Stockton Mitchek, reaches on an error by the second baseman allowing both Uhland and Nelson to score.

Eads then finished off the Chargers in the bottom of the fourth when they scored two more runs. In that inning Brenden Reifschneider singled on a ground ball to shortstop, and A.J. Vasquez then pulls a walk putting two aboard with two outs. McDowell then singled to right field scoring Reifschneider and moving Vasquez to third. Nelson brought Vasquez home on a line drive single to center field.

Freshman southpaw Case Nelson pitched Eads to the victory. The lefthander surrendered two runs on three hits over seven innings, striking out five.

Brewer took the loss for Crowley lasting six innings, allowing seven hits and four runs while striking out six.

Nelson was 3-for-3 from the plate to lead Eads offensively. McDowell added a hit and the RBI.

Two freshmen, Nelson and Kadan Dunlap each had a stolen base apiece.

The tri-meet on Saturday turned out to be good practice for the Eagles who are just getting into their stride. Although they would lose both contests, playing uninspired ball, the Eads players got a lot of time at the plate and in the field—something they needed before the playoffs.

In the first contest of the day on Saturday against Simla the Eagles played uninspired ball and watched the game slip away early. They never could recover in an 8-1 loss. Simla scored on a single by Kocerha and a passed ball during Hisle’s at bat in the first inning.

Simla scored three runs in the fourth inning to shut the door.

Eads’ only run came in the top of the fifth and their last at-bat. In that stanza Case Nelson arrived on an error when he hit a hard ground ball to the second baseman. Donte Sierra then singled on a ground ball to the second baseman and Nelson was safe at second. Porter Spady then came to the plate and hit into a fielder’s choice where Sierra was caught at second, but Nelson advanced to third with one out.

Brenden Reifschneider grounded out to the second baseman, but his hit brought in Nelson.

The Eagles only managed 2 hits on the day coming from Nelson and Sierra. Reifschneider had the only RBI.

Ty Wilson took the loss for Eads on the hill as the senior went 3.2 innings giving up 3 hits and 8 runs, walking 2 and striking out 4.

Senior Cade McDowell came in to finish the fourth inning for one batter that he struck out.

In the nightcap with Otis, the Eagles jumped on the lead in the bottom of the first inning when an error scored one run. Spady walked to start the at-bat. AJ Vasquez hit a ground ball to second and arrived on an error and Spady scored.

But in the top of the fourth inning the Bulldogs brought 5 across to take the 5-1 lead.

Eads tried to come back in the bottom of the fifth inning trailing 5-1. They would score two but could get no further. In that inning Spencer Uhland started Eads out with a double to right field. Ty Wilson then came up and doubled to left field pushing Uhland across. With Wilson on third and one out Reifschneider hit a sac fly to center field to score Wilson. But that was all the offense the Eagles could muster as they stranded Vasquez after hitting a single.

Eads pounded out 5 hits with Reifschneider, Nelson, Vasquez, Wilson and Uhland getting a hit. Wilson and Reifschneider each had an RBI.

Nelson took the loss for Eads as the freshman southpaw allowed six hits and five runs over four innings of work, striking out four and walking one.

Porter Spady came in from the bullpen for one inning giving up 1 hit and walking one.

Eads will have to bring their A-game to Stratton in the first round of the playoffs in order to advance their season further. The two teams met on April 5 with Stratton grabbing the victory, 8-4.

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