This archived article was written by: Robert Hanson
As the weather takes a turn in a warmer direction and people are returning to the outdoors, this also signals the return of America’s pastime, this of course would be baseball. Although CEU’s diamond squad is yet to begin conference play, they have not missed a beat on their training and even a few practice games.
They started playing four games against Central Arizona College, dropping all four games. The first with Bryan Smith toeing the rubber for the Eagles, but with CEU only amassing two hits in the game, there was nothing Smith could do for the win. The game ended in a 0-4 Eagle loss.
In the second game Tai Penrod was called on to pitch for the Eagles. CEU’s offense made a small step in the right direction with six-base hits, the Eagles dropped the game 3-4.
Marcus Hamatake was next to pitch, he suffered close to the same fate as Smith, with Greg Farnsworth batting Tyler Jones in for the only run in a 1-3 loss.
At the Eagles last chance to gain some dignity back in this Arizona brawl, Jayson Madson stepped onto the hill, and with Tyler Nelson heading the attack at the plate, batting three for three, scoring one run and knocking two in, CEU played their hardest but were topped 5-6 in the end.
Next up, they headed south to swing it out against the Rebels of Dixie State, The Eagles were trampled once again as the Rebels surpassed CEU.
Hoping for some support this time, Smith was once again called on for the start. Brett McBride and Ryan Whitehead shined for the Eagles, both going two for three, McBride with a run scored and Whitehead with one batted in. But as history tends to repeat itself CEU, fell 2-8.
With Penrod throwing again for the Eagles, the offense stayed quiet, with only Crosby Oldham trying to start a rally in the fourth, dashing home on a Rebel throwing error, but again Dixie thrashed CEU, 1-9.
The third game was once again Oldham’s day at the plate and on the paths, hitting two for three and scoring one of two for the Eagles. The final score being a 2-5 loss, for pitcher Hamatake.
With the big southpaw, Jake Bankowski, on the mound for CEU, and Farnsworth batting three for four with both a run scored and an RBI, the 2-7 loss didn’t seem a fitting fate for CEU in the final game against Dixie.
The tables turned for CEU as the club team from Weber State University made there way into sunny Price, Utah for a quartet of baseball games. The Eagles made child’s play of the club team, beating them 12-0 the first game. The next three were won by a narrower margin of 2-1, 4-1, and 4-2.
Next up the team will be paying a visit to Salt Lake Community College, on March 3-4. This will be followed by double headers on March 10 starting at 1 p.m., and March 11 at noon against the Community College of Southern Nevada. This will be held at the CEU Baseball Diamond located at 1100 East and 900 North.