Brad Palmerston tosses the ball to first from his shortstop position during Eden’s 11-5 win over North Collins. (Photo courtesy of Ron Larson)
Eden came out swinging early on a cold and windy afternoon and was able to win a contest of two young teams highly achieving this season, cruising to an 11-5 victory over North Collins on Monday (May 13).
The Raiders scored three runs on three hits in the second inning and in the fourth, tacked on another three runs on five hits. Eden improved to 10-6 with the non-league win.
“As the game went on I thought my group responded very well and we got the hits and runs when we needed them,” said Eden head coach Eric Cooper, who credited North Collins for being a scrappy team which took advantage of the walks Eden was giving to them early on.
Cooper was very impressed with how his ball club came out hitting the ball, especially in 20-mile per hour winds and temperatures over 20 degrees colder than the 70-plus Western New York has been seeing the previous few weeks.
“We’ve got players who are very selective when they go to the plate so they don’t get rattled when their down in the count by a by a strike or two,” Cooper said. “They can still put the ball in play. We’ve got some good hitters, some kids that have really progressed this year. That’s what we look for, just moving base to base and then when we get those big hits, we’re able to score some runs.”
North Collins recorded nine hits, but made three errors in the field to aid in Eden rallies. The Eagles fell to Eden for a second time this season. They’re still 8-3 in CCAA Division IV action this season.
“I think our defense didn’t play as well as we could have,” said Kellner, who went on to note that his team’s hitting needs to improve heading into the playoffs. He plans to have his team spending more time at the batting cages.
Leading the way for Eden was second basemen and captain David Baskerville, who registered three hits, including an RBI double in the fourth, and scored a run in the sixth. He said it was an adjustment getting used to the off-speed pitching of the Eagles.
“We just had to keep our weight back, I thought I was seeing the ball come out of the pitchers hand quite quickly, so I think I could pick up on it and I tired to drive the ball up the middle,” said Baskerville of his effort at the plate.
Baskerville would also come in to pitch in the top of the fourth and finished the game, allowing three runs and four hits and striking out six batters, while battling the cold weather that day.
“When I was warming up, I wasn’t feeling that good but you’ve just got to drive through the cold weather. I mean your arm’s going to get stiff but you’ve got to push through and hopefully your defense comes up behind you and makes the plays that need to be made,” he said.
Also for Eden, junior captain and shortstop Brad Palmerton nailed a three-run triple in the fourth and scored twice. Leftfielder Matt Bialy went 3 for 4 with two RBI and two runs and Brian Losel recorded two hits, including a two-run triple in the sixth. Other Raiders to record hits included Jake Schiegel, Gerard Ruszczyk and Declan Pierce. Eden started on the mound Mike Seggio, who went three innings allowing two runs and three hits with four strikeouts.
Setting the pace for the Eagles was senior shortstop Jared Keppel, who went 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored and Austin Winter, who also registered two hits and a RBI. Catcher Jake Jasinski singled twice and scored a run.
North Collins had won their previous two games, both in division play, beating Ripley 4-1 on Friday (May 10) and collecting its first shutout of the season, 10-0, over Sherman a few days earlier.
Against Ripley, Keppel was stellar on the mound in rainy conditions, surrendering only three hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Jasinski came up big for the offense with a two-out, two-RBI single in the third to give his team the lead. Later, Kyle Loretto scored Jaden Keough’s two-RBI to stretch the lead. David Fera, Jordan Keough and Keppel added the remaining hits for NC.
In beating Sherman, Winter surrendered only three hits and no walks, while striking out four batters along the way. Jordan Keough hit a three-run homer, while Keppel continued his hot hitting, collecting two hits and a pair of RBI. Jasinski added a hit and a RBI and tagged out a runner at the plate. Austin Winter added a triple, Chris Pulinski a double and two runs scored, and Jaden Keough, a RBI single.