This archived article was written by: Ryan Nelson
The Eagles went up against some good teams over the two previous weekends. Their first game was against the Utah State Aggies club team. Eastern won two and dropped two. Dawson Community College was their next competitor. USU Eastern won both games. They also played one game against Idaho State University pulling out another win.
The first game against Utah State was a great way to start the series, Eastern won 17-7. With Eastern’s 19 hits to Utah State’s 8, the Golden Eagles won. The players were hitting machines against the Aggies. The Eagles started their big win early by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Their defense was on fire as well. They didn’t allow any runs from the Aggies until the top of the fourth inning, and that was only for two runs. The game was close in the first few innings, but by the bottom of the fourth, it was over for Utah State as Eastern scored six runs and followed with seven runs. Denver Hansen homered in the last inning to really let the Aggies have it.
Game two didn’t turn out to be like game one. The Golden Eagles lost to Utah State 12-7. Eastern had 12 hits in the game, but weren’t able to get those runs in and score. They also struggled defensively and weren’t able to hold the Aggies. USU pulled ahead early in the game and the Eagles were not able to make up, bringing the series to 1-1.
Day two played out similar to day one, the Golden Eagles won the first game and the Aggies won the second game. In game one Utah State pulled ahead in the beginning, but the Eagles tied it up quick in the bottom of the second inning, bringing it to 2-2. The rest of the game only Eastern players crossed home plate. They scored four more to end the game at 6-2.
The final game of the series was a high scoring game for both teams. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in the favor of the Golden Eagles this time; they ended up losing the last game 15-10. The Aggies started off strong as they scored six in the first inning. The Eagles followed that up with two runs, and then until the bottom of the third, neither scored. USU scored four and tied it at 6-6. It stayed close until the top of the sixth inning when Utah State pulled ahead with six runs, which brought the series to a close.
On April 10, the Eagles were in Idaho, to play two games against Dawson Community College. Both games were a blow out as the Golden Eagles won 14-4 in each game. In game one, Eastern rocked the bats with 22 at bats and 12 hits. In their last three at bats, the Golden Eagles scored 12 runs, sealing the deal in game one.
The Golden Eagles pulled another win over the Buccaneers as they won 14-4, and put the mercy rule into effect. Scoring in every inning, the Eagles wrapped up the series with two solid wins. Not only was their hitting on, but their defense as well, holding Dawson to four runs in each.
Eastern’s final game in Idaho was against Idaho State University. Eastern made it three wins in a row, beating the Bengals 10-5. The Golden Eagles made it possible with their hitting and great defense. It wasn’t until the top of the seventh inning when the Golden Eagles really pounded the plate, scoring six runs and securing the win. That put a damper on the spirits of Idaho players as they didn’t score any runs after that.
The Eagles are winding down regular season play with their final home games against CNCC, April 26-27.