Eads 8th grader AJ Hough had a strong start to the Eads JH Baseball season as he led the way from the plate and on the mound. Hough is currently 2-0 from the mound, and carries the highest batting average on the team.
It’s good to know there is still interest in playing Baseball in Eads as was evident in a history-making game on Thursday. Oddly enough, their first opponent was Wiley—where the remaining players of a broken Eads High Shool team went to play. At the end of that historic day the two teams had split with Eads getting their first win in an exciting 3-2 victory. However, they would lose in the JV contest in Game 2 by a score of 9-6. It was a good day.
Eads is coached by Justin Lenox, an alumni of the Eads High School baseball program, and the current Ag Ed teacher and FFA sponsor. Lenox has played baseball all his life and his goal with this junior high group is to instill the same love of the game that he has.
Wiley had already played a couple of double headers splitting with Rocky Ford and Granada and came into their game with Eads with a 2-2 record.
In the first game against Wiley, it was a pitchers’ duel as both hurlers did a good job of keeping the offenses off-balance.
For Wiley it was Grant on the mound. He threw a heck of a game giving up three hits and three runs over two and two-thirds innings, striking out five. Noah S. came in for one and one-third innings in relief.
AJ Hough got the win for Eads. The 8th grader gave up zero runs on zero hits over three innings of work. He only walked one and struck out nine.
Brantley Buller, a sixth grader, then came to the mound in relief and threw for two innings giving up 2 hits, 2 runs, walked one and struck out 3 batters.
Eads had 5 hits in the game including two hits coming from Hough who led the offense for Eads.
In the nightcap Wiley took a late lead defeating Eads 9-6. Eads had scored four runs in the third inning, but Wiley did one better scoring five. They would score one more run in the fifth inning and 2 in the sixth to get the win.
Hough led Eads with 3 hits and 3 RBIs.
The Eads group hosted Granada on Monday afternoon and again came away with mixed results winning the first game, 8-2, but lost the nightcap, 12-4.
Hough was on the mound again for Eads. The righty lasted three innings, allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out five. Jayson Bletzacker came in for the save throwing for 2 innings giving up 3 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks and struck out 3.
Eads only had 4 hits in the contest, but it was enough as they used an exciting fourth inning where they scored six runs to win the game. Before that point, the score was tied 2-2.
Kai Brown, Hough, Wes Mitchek, and T. Smith each had a hit for Eads. Hough and Brown each had 2 RBIs.
The second game allowed all the players to get some time at bat and on the field. Eads would lose 12-4 getting only 2 hits and committing 10 errors.
Buller, a sixth grader, started the game for Eads and worked for 1.1 innings giving up no hits, no earned runs, walked three batters and struck out 4. Mitchek then came in relief for 1.0 inning giving up 3 hits, 1 earned run, 4 walks and struck out 2 batters.
The Eads boys will continue to play in the new junior high baseball season through April and into the first part of May. They are now 2-2 on their season.