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Eads Eagles 12U Clashes with Triple A Fort Collins Force in Overtime Thriller

By Betsy Barnett

July 4, 2024

The Eads Eagles 12U travel team was in a barnburner in what ultimately determined the championship at the USAAA Tournament in Cheyenne, Wyoming last weekend. With the score tied after six innings, 9-9, between the Eagles and the best Triple AAA 12U baseball team in the region, the Fort Collins Force, the tournament rules called for a tiebreaker whereby first Eads, as the visitor, and then Fort Collins each put runners on second and third base with one out.

Eads went first and they generated one run right away when Will Barnett, who was on third base, scored off a ground ball single by Jaxon Bohlander. The hit moved Chael Cordova to third base in scoring position.

The next batter up was Madyx Hough who worked the count to full but eventually struck out. The ball got loose from the catcher who had to throw to first to get the out on Hough for two away. On the ensuing play, Cordova attempted to come home and came full speed to Homeplate, slid on the play, and scored. The slide took the catcher, who was blocking the plate, off his feet. After a bit of time, the home umpire called Cordova out for interference on the Fort Collins catcher. A great deal of argument ensued but to no avail.

Eads then went to the field to play defense with Dallas Alley on the mound. With the set runners at second and third, Fort Collins scored on their first at-bat with a single to right field, moving the winning run to third base. They then laid down a bunt to force the runner home. Alley played the ball getting it to the Eads catcher and there was a collision at the plate where the Fort Collins runner was deemed safe when the ball came loose. Both calls determined the outcome of a highly dramatic and heavily contested game where the feisty Eagles from southeastern Colorado nearly defeated the best team in the region playing at the highest level of 12U baseball.

The Eads Eagles 12U got to that exciting game with Fort Collins where they lost 11-10 in extra innings by defeating three other teams by big scores. On Saturday, June 15, Eads defeated WYCO 12U, 10-8, and the Rawlins Royals 12U, 15-1. Eads then came back in the first round of the tournament on Sunday and defeated the Wheatland Cutters 12U, 14-1, setting them up with Fort Collins in the semifinals.

Fort Collins went on to win the tournament after slipping by Eads in a controversial manner.

Eads Eagles 10 Wyco 8

The Eads Eagles 12U jumped out to a substantial lead over the WYCO 12U Red team utilizing scoring production in four straight innings. However, they nearly let the WYCO bunch back into the ballgame allowing four runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Brantley Buller collected three hits in three at bats in the win. Buller singled in the first inning, singled in the second inning, and doubled in the fourth inning.

WYCO Red opened the scoring in the top of the first inning utilizing two walks to score two runs. Eads Eagles 12U answered in the bottom of the first inning thanks to the single by Buller and a tag up by Buller from third base.

The Eagles took the lead in the bottom of the second inning after Liam Eder singled, Buller singled, and Dallas Alley tripled, with each scoring a run.

Eads would score two more in the third inning and answered with three more in the fourth inning to hold on to the victory, although WYCO Red challenged in the top of the fifth by generating two runs.

Buller earned the win on the hill for the Eads Eagles as the ace surrendered zero hits and zero runs over two and two-thirds innings, striking out three and walking three.

Dallas Alley started on the mound for Eads and gave up one hit and two runs over one-third of an inning, striking out one and walking four.

Liam Eder and Madyx Hough each appeared in relief for Eads for one inning apiece. Eder gave up 4 hits and 4 runs, walked none and struck out zero. Hough allowed 1 hit and 2 runs, walking zero, and striking out three.

Eads managed to out hit WYCO Red, 8 to 6, with Buller going 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored, including one double.

Chael Cordova was 1-for-2 with 2 RBIs and one run scored.

Alley also went 1-for-2 with 1 walk and one RBI off a triple.

Mason Sierra went 1-for-2 with 2 RBIs and 1 run scored.

Eads Eagles 15 Rawlins Royals 1

Against the Rawlins Royals it would be Chael Cordova who drove in four runs on two hits to lead the Eads Eagles 12U in a 15-1 trouncing. Cordova tripled in the third inning, scoring three runs, and singled in the second inning, scoring another run.

Eads got on board first in the bottom of the first inning after an error scored on run. Alley hit into a fielder’s choice, but one run scored, an error scored two more runs, and Hough grounded out, scoring one run.

The Eagles added to their early lead in the bottom of the second inning after Jax Cordova tripled, the Royals committed an error, Chael Cordova singled, and Will Barnett singled, each scoring one run.

Eads broke it open with six runs on four hits in the bottom of the third inning. In that at-bat Buller doubled, scoring one run, Chael Cordova tripled, scoring three runs, and an error scored two runs.

Hough was the winning pitcher on the bump as the right-hander gave up no hits and no runs over two innings of working. He would strike out two batters and walked none.

Chael Cordova appeared in relief on the hill for Eads working in two innings and giving up no hits, but one run on three walks and 5 strikeouts.

The Eads batters had 7 hits in the contest including a double from Buller, and a triple from Chael Cordova, Jax Cordova, and Will Barnett. They would also accumulate 18 stolen bases with some strong baserunning. Buller and Alley each had 3 stolen bases, Chael Cordova, Jax Cordova, Luke Barnett, Liam Eder, and Will Barnett each stole two bases. Jaxon Bohlander and Hough added one more apiece.

Chael Cordova was 2-for-3 with 4 RBIs and 3 runs scored.

Will Barnett was 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.

Eads Eagles 14 Wheatland Cutters 1

Eads had an easy time in the first round of tournament play on Sunday when they handily defeated the Wheatland Cutters 12U, 14-1. Eads took the lead right away in the bottom of the second inning by scoring 7 runs after Wheatland had managed one to come across in the top of that stanza.

The Eagles added 7 more runs in the bottom of the third inning after Eder singled, Jax Cordova grounded out, Buller singled, Alley singled, Chael Cordova doubled, Will Barnett singled, and Madyx Hough walked, each scoring one run.

Hough was again the workhorse on the hill for Eads as he earned the win by giving up just one hit and one run, zero earned, over three innings of work. He would strike out two and walked one.

Eder came in for Hough in relief for one inning and gave up a hit, no runs, no walks, and one strikeout.

Eads would generate 13 hits to just 2 for the Wheatland Cutters due mostly to the fine performances on the bump from Hough and Eder.

Eder would go 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

Buller had a good day going 2-for-3 with 1 run brought in and 2 runs scored.

Alley was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

Chael Cordova went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and one run scored.

Will Barnett had a strong performance going 2-for-3 with one RBI and 2 runs scored.

Jaxon Bohlander was stellar with a 2-for-2 performance, walking once, generating one RBI, and scoring two runs.

Hough was 1-for-2 with a walk, and one runs scored.

Luke Barnett had one walk, two RBIs, and scored twice.

Eads Eagles 10 Fort Collins Force 11

Eads outhit Fort Collins Force 14 to 7 in their semifinals game where the Force eventually won in extra innings, 11-10, after a lot of drama at the plate.

The game was tied at 10 in the bottom of the seventh when an error scored the winning run.

The Force jumped out to the lead in the bottom of the first inning after Kale H doubled, scoring one run, and Meredith K., singled, scoring two runs, and Leo C doubled, scoring two runs.

All of a sudden, after one inning, the Eads Eagles saw themselves on their heels against the powerful hitters from Fort Collins.

Trailing 5-0, Eads tied things up, 5-5, in the top of the second inning thanks to a fielder’s choice by Jaxon Bohlander, a double by Luke Barnett, a single by Jax Cordova, a single by Buller, and an error scored 5 runs.

Eads then took the lead in the top of the fifth inning after Chael Cordova tripled, Will Barnett singled, and Bohlander tripled, each scoring one run. Eads would lead 8-6 going into the final inning.

Eads would grab one more run in the top of the sixth inning when Eder doubled as the lead off batter. With one out Buller then singled to right field scoring Eder and giving Eads the 9-6 advantage going into the Force’s last at-bat.

Fort Collins Force took advantage of some walks and then grabbed the tied the game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Eads would score the one run in the top of the seventh inning and Cordova’s run would have given them a margin to work with, but the officials saw things differently. The Force managed to squeak out the win utilizing a bunt and error on the play at home.

Buller had what was perhaps his finest game on the hill as the right-handed ace for Eads surrendered just five hits against the powerful Force hitters. He would give up six runs over five innings of work, striking out two and walking four.

Dallas Alley took the loss for Eads as the right-hander went one-third innings, surrendering zero runs on one hit, striking out none and walking none.

Chael Cordova spent two-thirds of an inning on the mound giving up one hit, 3 earned runs, and walked four.

Eads was strong with the bat in the contest against the powerful pitcher for the Force. Eder, in the lead off position, was 2-for-4, including a double, with 2 runs scored.

Jax Cordova went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.

Buller was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.

Chael Cordova had a strong performance with 3 hits in 4 at-bats, including a triple, added one RBI and scored 2 runs.

Will Barnett was 1-for-3 with 1 walk, one RBI, and 2 runs scored.

Bohlander went 3-for-4, including a triple, with 3 RBIs and a run scored.

Luke Barnett went 1-for-3 with 1 RBI and one run scored. Barnett’s hit was a double.

The Eads Eagles 12U travel team will play in a tournament in Yuma on June 22 and 23. They are scheduled for two games on Saturday, the 22nd, against the 308 Bombers and Sandhills Stars 12U.

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