Edgewood-Colesburg defeated Clayton Ridge-Central, 8-5, at Community Dreams Field in Edgewood, June 7, earning its first win of the 2019 baseball season and ending a 14-game losing streak going back to last year. With the win, Ed-Co is 1-11 while Clayton Ridge-Central left town at 2-8.
The Vikings jumped to an early 4-0 lead after three innings, withstood a War Eagle rally that knotted the contest at 5-5 in the fifth, then put up three runs of their own in the sixth to grab the win.
“We finally found a way to win against Clayton Ridge-Central,” said Ed-Co coach Aaron Hamann. “Even though they are not a conference opponent, their proximity makes this a game that the boys always get up for. Getting the win against them can only mean positive things in our future.”
Ed-Co managed six hits on the night and benefited from 14 walks issued by Clayton Ridge-Central pitchers.
Dayne Bergan got the Vikings on the board in the first, singling and scoring on a passed ball, but the inning ended for Ed-Co with the bases loaded. Five Clayton Ridge walks in the second led to three runs for the hosts as Edmar Cipriano-Cruz, Spencer Staner and Ethan Streicher scored to make it 4-0, but the Vikings — who left 14 runners on base in the game — stranded two more runners as the inning ended.
Clayton Ridge-Central got back in it in the fourth, roughing up Ethan Streicher, who relieved starter Quintin Hess for a pair of runs, but Ed-Co answered when Alex Jones scored when Alex Hansel was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Again, the Vikings squandered an opportunity, leaving the bases full and the score 5-2.
The War Eagles tied it up in the fifth with three base hits, a walk and an error, but a three-run sixth after the Vikings again loaded the bases on walks led to a three-run cushion going to the seventh.
Andrew Hoeger-Pint, Alex Hansel and Spencer Staner scored as Bergan and Jones had RBI singles.
Tony Wright had a nice two-inning stint in relief and got the win, facing only six hitters and closing the game with a strikeout of CR-C centerfielder Cody Kulper.
Jones and Bergan paced the Ed-Co offense with two hits and two RBIs apiece, while Streicher and Hoeger-Pint had base hits.
Hess went three innings allowing no runs or hits and fanning five, and Streicher pitched two innings — allowing five runs on six hits — before Wright shut the door with two shutout innings.
The Vikings dropped a pair of Tri-Rivers doubleheaders earlier in the week, falling 12-0 and 6-1 to Alburnett in Edgewood, June 3, and 11-1 and 13-3 at Calamus-Wheatland, June 6.
“Once again we found ourselves playing two top-ten ranked teams this week, and our four losses reflect the talent on those teams,” said Hamann.
Alburnett’s Caden Evans tossed a five inning no-hitter in the 12-0 win, as the Pirates jumped to a 10-0 first-inning lead. Carson Knipper took the loss on the hill for the Vikings.
Alburnett took the second game, scoring twice in the first and third innings and adding single runs in the fourth and sixth. Streicher took the loss allowing five runs on only three hits, but walking six. Staner and Wright each threw two innings.
The Viking offense showed some life. Six players had hits in the game, with Parker Rochford , Jones 2-for-4, and Wright, Hess, Carson Knipper and Cameron Knipper one.
Cal-Wheat broke open a tight game in the opener with four runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth as the Warriors scored 11 runs on 13 hits. Jones took the loss for Ed-Co.
The Vikings had six hits — two by Streicher and one by Jones, Hoeger-Pint, Cameron Knipper and Staner.
In the 13-3 game, Ed-Co took a 3-0 first-inning lead when Streicher and Jones singled and Hess plated Streicher with a single of his own. A double by Wright scored Jones and Hess, but that was all the Vikings would manage.
The Warriors quickly responded with four of their own in the bottom of the inning, one in the second, four in the third, and two more in the fourth.
Offensively, Wright was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Streicher 2-for-3, Hess 1-for-2 with one RBI and Jones 1-for-3.
“Despite what the record shows, these boys continue to grow, learn and improve. I still feel as though we can get things turned around before the post season sneaks up on us,” said Hamann. “We continue to battle the injury bug, low numbers and sore pitching arms. We have been trying to find more guys to put out on the mound which will be crucial in the coming week as we have six conference games this week.”