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Landon Zimmerman (#16) got the only hit for Eads against Wiley in Game 1, but the Eagles grabbed the win 10-3.
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Wiley and Eads Clash in the Junior High Ranks with Eads Getting the Sweep


By Betsy Barnett

May 10, 2024

Both Eads and Wiley Junior High Baseball programs have had a very successful season this spring with both coming into a double header contest against each other with just two losses. Eads managed to get the double header win over Wiley with scores of 10-3 in Game 1 and 7-6 in the nightcap.

Eads moved their record to an impressive 9-2 on the season. With the two losses Wiley is now 10-4.

School is about out for most of the teams in the league including Eads, Holly, Rocky Ford, Wiley, McClave, Las Animas, Springfield, Manzanola, Granada, and Lamar.

In Game 1 in Wiley, the Eagles took the lead scoring 2 runs in the first inning. They continued to score in every inning including a big four-run inning in the top of the third.

In the top of the first inning Mason Sierra arrived on base with a ground ball error to first base. With one out, Brantley Buller joined Sierra on the base paths with a walk. Gage Rittgers then grounded out to the shortstop, but his hit brought home Sierra. During Kai Brown’s at bat, Buller scored on a passed ball.

A passed ball extended Eads’ lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning.

In the fourth inning Eads tallied four more runs when Sierra again led off and got on base with a hit pitch. Jaxon Bohlander joined Sierra on the base paths with a walk. With Buller at the plate Sierra scored on a passed ball, then Buller hit in Bohlander on a ground out to second base.

Rittgers then walked joining Buller on the base paths. Brown hit a ground ball and reached on an error by the first baseman. Rittgers scored and Brown moved to third base on the error.

Buller earned the win on the hill for Eads. The 7th grader surrendered two hits and three runs, zero earned, over two and two-thirds innings, striking out seven and walking two. Rittgers came in for one-third inning of relief work and gave up no hits, no runs, struck out four and walked none.

Mason Grasmick took the loss for Wiley as he gave up just one hit and five runs, one earned, over two innings, striking out four and walking two.

Landon Zimmerman led Eads getting the only hit against Grasmick. Buller, Brown, and Rittgers each drove in one run. The Eads team worked in seven walks with Bohlander and Rittgers getting two free passes apiece. Mason Sierra, Tucker Fry, and Rittgers each stole multiple bases with Eads taking nine bases in the game.

Bentyn Tixier and Trate Weimer each collected a hit against Buller with Weimer having one run batted in.

The nightcap saw Eads jump on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning scoring two runs, but Wiley then powered their way to five runs in the bottom of the first inning.

In the first for Eads, Bohlander hit a pop fly and reached on an error in the infield. Buller also popped up and arrived on an error at first base. On the same error Bohlander advanced to third base. During Riley Mitchell’s at bat Bohlander scored on a passed ball, as did Buller.

Wiley’s five runs in the bottom of the first inning started with Elijah Sandoval getting clear around to third base on multiple errors by Eads. Elliott Trumble then joined Sandoval on the base paths. Kane Mauch then singled to second base brining home Sandoval. Brittin Thomas walked loading up the bases for Wiley.

Trumble scored from third when Royce Reinhardt was hit by the pitch. Xzaviar Cervantes Flores also walked bringing in Mauch. Thomas then scored on a passed ball. The sides changed after five runs.

Eads grabbed the lead back in the top of the third inning when an error scored two runs, Garrett Hainer drew a walk, scoring one run, and Wyatt Murdock drew a walk, scoring one run.

Mason Sierra started the game for Eads and gave up two hits and five runs, four earned, over one-third of an inning, striking out one and walking two. Landon Zimmerman and Gage Rittgers each appeared in relief for Eads.

Brittin Thomas stepped on the mound first for Wiley and the starting pitcher allowed two hits and seven runs, one earned, over two and one-third innings, striking out four Eagles and walking four more.

Cheyenne Brown and Zimmerman each collected one hit to lead the Eagles who had only two in the contest. Wiley also engineered two hits coming from Sandoval and Mauch.

Eads had two errors and Wiley suffered through three errors as a team.

Eads will have one double header left on Friday in Eads against McClave. Wiley also has two games remaining before the end of the season including a contest at Rocky Ford on Thurs., May 9 and one game at McClave on Monday, May 13.