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Connor Barnes slides in home in a close play while Wiley pitcher Kyten Gooden tries to put the tag on Barnes who was called safe on the play.
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Eads Eagles 10U Baseball Grabs Two Wins over the Week


By Betsy Barnett

June 14, 2023

The Eads Eagles 10U Baseball team continued to enjoy good success this week as they grabbed two more wins in Eads including a 12-0 romp over Springfield on June 6, and a 14-4 win over Wiley on June 8.

Eads is 4-1 in the early summer baseball season losing their opener on the road to Cheyenne Wells, 4-3. The youngsters from Eads and CW will clash for the second time on Tuesday, June 13th.

Conner Barnes and Luke Barnett joined forces to shut out Springfield from the mound. Barnett came in and struck out Trinity J to finish off the game.

Eads fired up the offense in their first at-bat when Landon J. drew a walk, scoring a run. In that inning Easton Buchanan pulled a walk to start the at-bat. During Landon’s at-bat Buchanan and Barnett scored on strong baserunning.

With two outs, Connor Barnes pulled a walk, and Eder did the same. Miles Frey then singled to left field bringing home Barnes and Eder for a 5-inning max.

In the second inning, the Eads crew again scored their maximum allowed runs of 5. Brantly McCracken started the at-bat with a walk, Buchanan then walked to put two aboard. Barnett then came up and pounded out a hard gapper between left and center field to score McCracken and Buchanan. Barnett then pushed for the in-the-park homerun but a good relay to home plate made the play close. Barnett was called safe on the play as the catcher dropped the ball on the collision at home.

Eads then loaded the bases again with Landon J getting a single to first base, Jax Cordova and Gage Gibbs both walked. Barnes then walked in Landon J and Eder walked in Cordova to end the at-bat.

The fourth inning saw some homerun derby action as first Cordova hit an inside the park home run on a long fly ball to center field. Then Taivyn Kraft, who came up right behind Cordova, hit his own in the park home run on a rolling ground ball that rolled just inside first base and kept rolling all the way to the deep right field corner of the field.

Eads had six hits in the ballgame. Barnett had a strong performance with one hit, 3 RBIs and scored twice. Landon J. scored twice off of one hit, and Cordova scored twice off a hit and a walk. Frey had two RBIs for his team.

Home runs came from Barnett, Jax Cordova, and Taivyn Kraft.

Barnes got the win on the bump working through three innings and giving up just one hit, walked four and struck out 8. Barnett came in relief for one inning giving up no hits, no runs, no walks, and struck out three.

The Wiley group scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning as they were trailing 9-1 going into the inning. But Eads answered the Wiley at-bat with a five run at-bat of their own in the bottom of the inning.

The game was tight early in the contest, but Eads slowly inched away scoring one run in the first and second innings, 2 in the third and the max 5 runs in the fourth inning.

Only 3 hits were registered to the Eagles including 2 coming from Eder who had 2 RBIs on a double and scored three times. Barnett walked twice and scored twice, Barnes walked three times and scored all three times, and McCracken walked twice and scored two.

Eder got the win on the mound for Eads working through four innings of a no-hitter. He would give up no earned runs, walked three, and struck out 11 Wiley batters. Cordova closed the door on Wiley in one inning of work giving up 2 hits, 3 earned runs, walked three and struck out 2 batters.

Kytan Gooden would take the loss on the hill for Wiley but did a good job of holding down the Eads attack in the first three innings. He would give up two hits, no earned runs, walked 5 and struck out 8 batters. Knox Bitner and Blayke H. finished off the final inning for Wiley.