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A Cheyenne Wells baserunner battles to get back to first as Eads freshman Jayson Bletzacker looks to haul the ball in for a tag on the pick off play.
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Cheyenne Wells Bounces Back and Gets Conference Win over La Veta, 16-6

By Betsy Barnett

April 12, 2024

The Cheyenne Wells Tigers continue to try to gain their foothold in the District 4 baseball conference getting on the right side of the win column on Tuesday with a 16-6 win over conference opponent La Veta. This win was crucial after the Tigers had lost a double header in Eads on Friday, April 5 in game scores of 12-1 and 12-8.

Before the La Veta win, the Tigers were able to split a double header with Springfield in mid-March for their only other win.

In Game 1 against Eads, the Eagles defeated the Tigers 12-1 on Friday thanks in part to seven runs in the first inning.

Eads jumped out to the lead in the bottom of the first inning after Tiger pitcher Bryson Hyle induced Eads four-batter Johnny Vasquez to hit into a fielder’s choice, but two runs scored, Adyn Hough drew a walk, scoring a run, Karsten Buller also walked with bases loaded, scoring one more run, Stockton Mitchek also walked drawing a run, and Porter Spady was struck by the pitch with bases loaded, bringing in another run.

Eads extended that early lead with two more runs in the bottom of the second inning thanks to RBI ground outs by Hough and catcher Shaine Winder.

Eads added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning, as well, after Case Nelson walked, Hough singled, and Winder walked, each scoring one run.

Keaton Marriott pitched three innings in relief for the Tigers. The right-handed pitcher surrendered four hits and five runs while striking out two and walking four. Bryson Hyle stepped on the hill first for Cheyenne Wells. The junior surrendered zero hits and seven runs, six earned, over one inning of work, striking out two and walking seven.

Case Nelson took the mound for Eads. The junior southpaw surrendered just one hit and one run, zero earned, over five innings of work, striking out eight and walking one.

Cheyenne Wells only got one hit against Nelson and that one came from a single by Carson Noe.

For Eads it would be Hough who went 1-for-2 at the plate, leading Eads with two runs batted in. Keenan Smith, Vasquez, Hough, and Buller each collected one hit for Eads. The difference in the contest was the 11 walks registered for Eads with Brentley Lening, Smith, and Nelson leading the two with two free passes apiece. Lening stole two bases of the five stolen bases Eads grabbed.

In the nightcap the Tigers’ strong hitting was not enough to win the game despite collecting eight hits to Eads’ six hits, they still fell short 12-8 to the Eagles.

The Tigers got on the board first in the top of the first inning after Brennan Framel doubled, scoring two runs, and error scored one more run.

But Eads exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the third inning utilizing five hits to take a 12-3 lead. The biggest blow in the inning was a single by Vasquez with the bases loaded that drove in three runs.

Cheyenne Wells gave the Eagles a scare, however, as in the top of the fifth inning they scored five runs on four hits. An error scored one run, Framel singled, scoring one run, another error scored one more run, and Ethen Garay doubled, scoring two runs.

Now got the start on the mound for the Tigers. The right-handed senior gave up four hits and 10 runs, six earned, over two and one-third innings, striking out two and walking six.

For Eads it would be freshman Adyn Hough leading off Game 2 from the mound. The right-hander allowed eight hits and eight runs, just two earned, over four and two-thirds innings of pitching, striking out seven and walking two.

For the Tigers it was Framel who provided some pop from the middle of the lineup, pounding out three RBIs and going 2-for-3 in Game 2. Marriott stole three bases of the five bases the team accumulated.

Vasquez was solid in the Eads middle lineup, leading the Eagles with three runs batted in and going 1-for-3 on the day. Keenan Smith went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead all Eads hitters. The Eagles also amassed eight walks which elevated them to the win. Spady and Nelson each had two walks. Spady and Lening each stole multiple bases for the Eagles.

After suffering through two conference losses, the Tigers netted themselves a satisfying conference win when they hosted La Veta on Tuesday, April 9.

Carson Noe collected three hits in four at bats as the Tigers defeated La Veta, 16-6. Noe doubled in the sixth inning, doubled in the fifth inning, and singled in the third inning.

La Veta got on the scoreboard first in the top of the first inning after the Tigers committed and error, and Darren James walked, each scoring one run.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning the Tigers grabbed the lead after Keaton Marriott singled, Brennan Framel grounded out, and La Veta committed an error, each scoring one run.

The score tilted back to La Veta in the top of the second, 4-3, thanks to two walks.

But in the bottom of the third for Cheyenne Wells, Bryson Hyle singled tying the game at four apiece.

It was a good game until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Tigers exploded for eight runs on one hit to take the 12-6 lead. The biggest blow in the inning was a La Veta error that drove in two runs.

Noe got the win on the hill working through three and two-thirds innings in relief for the Tigers. The senior gave up three hits and two runs while striking out five and walking four.

Hyle was the starting pitcher for Cheyenne Wells. He would surrender one hit and four runs, three earned, over on and one-third innings, striking out one and walking five.

The Tigers’ offense was strong as they amassed nine hits in the contest. Hyle and Noe each collected three hits apiece. Hyle led Cheyenne Wells with two walks. Overall, the team had a strong eye at the plate, tallying nine walks for the game. Hyle, Jesse Harlow, and Ethen Garay each stole multiple bases for Cheyenne Wells. The Tigers pulled off 12 thefts in total.

Next up for the Tigers is a date in Holly for one key conference game. Holly is a good team but has had its pitfalls holding a 6-5 record overall. Then on Friday, April 19 the Tigers will travel over to Wiley for a double header that begins at 4:00 pm. Wiley is 3-6 overall and coming off a 10-0 loss to Holly.