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The battery for Eads is young including freshman pitcher Adyn Hough (#12) and sophomore catcher Shaine Winder.
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Eads Continues to Clean House but Will Face Big Week of Challenges

By Betsy Barnett

April 12, 2024

The Eads Eagles have cleaned house in their own home defeating Cheyenne Wells last Friday in a double-header contest in scores of 12-1 and 12-8. They then took care of Springfield/Baca County at home on Tuesday in big scores of 19-0 and 17-2. The Eagles are currently 7-2 on the season, but now goes through a big week of conference games that will be key to their success moving forward.

On Friday, April 12 they take on Granada, a team that is struggling as they just got started with their regular schedule. Then it’s McClave at home on Tuesday, April 16th. McClave is currently undefeated at 7-0 and leading District 4.

Then by Friday, April they are on the road to Holly on Thursday the 18th and the next day to Stratton on Friday, the 19th. Both Holly and Stratton are ranked in the 1A top 10—as is McClave.

Eads is currently ranked #9 in the busting through the top 10 charts this week.

In Game 1 against Cheyenne Wells, the Eagles jumped on the Tigers out of the gate as they scored 7 runs in the bottom of the first inning. The series of runs began when an error scored two runs, Adyn Hough drew a walk with bases loaded, scoring another run, Karsten Buller scored another run on a walk, Stockton Mitchek walked in a run, and Brentley Lening scored two hitting into a fielder’s choice.

While Eads ace Case Nelson held off the Cheyenne Wells batters, the Eagles added two more runs in the bottom of the second inning thanks to RBI ground outs by Hough and Shaine Winder.

They then added three more in the third inning after Nelson walked, the Tigers committed an error when Keenan Smith got the ball in play, and Winder walked, each scoring a run.

Nelson was again strong on the mound getting the win allowing just one hit and one run, zero earned, over five innings of work, striking out eight and walking one.

For Cheyenne Wells Bryson Hyle took the loss. He would go one inning, giving up seven runs, four earned, on zero hits, striking out two and walking seven Eagles.

Buller, Keenan Smith, and Johnny Vasquez each collected one hit for Eads. Vasquez and Hough each drove in two runs for the Eagles. The key to their big score was their patience at the plate where they tallied up 11 walks in the game. Lening, Smith, and Nelson led the team with two freebies apiece. Porter Spady and Lening each stole multiple bases with Eads having 7 in total.

The lone hit for Cheyenne Wells came from Carson Noe. Brennan Framel scored the only run for the Tigers in the top of the fifth inning when he scored from third base on a dropped third strike that got away from the Eads first baseman.

The nightcap between the Tigers and Eagles was closer, as Cheyenne Wells challenged but Eads would eventually secure the win, 12-8.

The Tigers opened the game with three runs in the top of the first inning when Framel singled, scoring two runs.

Eads would score two runs in the bottom of the second inning making the score 3-2 with the Tigers still in control. But Eads would then flip the game on its head in the bottom of the third inning, scoring 10 runs on five hits to take a 12-3 lead. Vasquez provided the fire power in the inning with a single with bases loaded to score three.

Eads led 12-3 until the top of the fifth inning when the Tigers tallied five runs on four hits. An error scored one run, Framel singled, scoring one run, another error scored another run, and Ethen Garay doubled, scoring two more runs.

Freshman Adyn Hough earned the win for the Eagles on the bump. The right-hander surrendered nine hits and eight runs, three earned, over four and two-thirds innings, striking out seven and walking just two. Porter Spady would come in for one 0.1inning getting the ground out and the win for Eads.

Noe took the loss for the Tigers as he worked through two and one-third innings, allowing 10 runs, six earned, on four hits, striking out two and walking six.

Vasquez was a powerhouse in the middle of the lineup for Eads with three RBIs. The sophomore went 1-for-3 on the day. Smith went 2-for-3 at the plate leading Eads in hits. The Eagles pulled eight walks with Spady and Nelson walking two times each. Spady and Lening had multiple stolen bases with Eads having seven in all.

The Tigers outhit Eads with nine hits in the game. Zach Dickey, Noe, Keaton Marriott, and Framel each pounded out two hits apiece. Garay and Framel contributed two RBIs each. Marriott stole three bases of the five stolen bases the Tigers amassed.

Eads then hosted Springfield/Baca County on Tuesday for a District 4 double-header. Eads came away with two big wins on the day.

It was Johnny Vasquez again who led the Eagles offensively driving in five runs on two hits for Eads. The sophomore singled in the third scoring two runs, doubled in the third scoring two, and walked in the second scoring one.

The game was blown up by Eads who scored 16 runs in the third inning. Stockton Mitchek was struck by a pitch with bases loading bringing in a run, an error scored one run, Spady hit into a fielder’s choice scoring a run, Nelson drew a walk, scoring one run, Vaquez singled, scoring two runs, Shaine Winder singled, scoring two runs, Mitchek hit a fielder’s choice, scoring two runs, an error scored two runs, Vasquez doubled, scoring two runs, Kennan Smith singled, scoring one run, and Winder singled, scoring one more run.

Nelson was stellar on the mound for Eads and had a perfect game going until the next to the last batter, when Gunner Mackey slipped in a fly ball that fell in the void between second base and center and right field. Nelson would end up gunning Mackey down at first base on a nice pick off play to end the game.

Nelson was on the mound through four innings giving up no runs on one hit, striking out nine and walking none.

Leyton Jones took the loss for the boys down south as the senior went to innings, giving up three runs, zero earned, on two hits, striking out six and walking five.

Eads collect nine hits in the game. Vasquez and Winder each hauled in two hits. Nelson paced Eads with three walks. Overall, Eads pulled eight walks in the game. Smith and Nelson each stole multiple bases of the seven stolen by Eads. Eads did not commit a single error in the game.

The Eads bats stayed hot into the nightcap against Springfield as they got on the board in the bottom of the first inning scoring 5 runs after Spencer Uhland drew a walk with bases loaded, scoring a run, Vasquez tripled, scoring two runs, and Smith hit a sac fly, scoring one more run.

The Eagles scored 4 runs in each of their next at-bats including in the second, the third, and the fourth innings.

In the bottom of the second inning an error scored two runs, another error scored two more runs, and Winder drew a walk with bases loaded, scoring one more run.

Eads added to their early lead in the bottom of the third inning after Jayson Bletzacker singled, Springfield committed two errors, and Winder singled, each scoring one run.

Hough again got the nightcap game for Eads as the freshman gave up no hits and no runs over three innings, striking out four and walking none. Spady came in for one inning in relief giving up 2 runs, none earned, walking none and striking out one batter.

Gunner Mackey took the loss for Springfield. He went one and two-thirds innings, allowing nine runs, five earned, on three hits, striking out one and walking five.

Vasquez provided the fire power in the four-hole for Eads as he brought in three runs going 1-for-4 in the game. Winder, in the eight-hole led the team with two hits in three at-bats. Eads walked with times with Uhland and Spady leading Eads with two free passes each. Uhland, Karsten Buller, and Spady each stole multiple bases for Eads. The Eagles ran wild on the base paths, tallying 11 stolen bases for the game.