GET THAT GROUND BALL — Eden Post 880’s Dave Baskerville catches a grounder, during a recent game. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
EDEN — Another division title and 15-plus win season for Coach Gordy Karstedt and Eden Post 880 came to end on July 24, after a 9 – 7 loss to Orchard Park. After putting Kyle Crotty on the mound, the day before, against McKeever, Drew Scharra was on the hill to try to avoid elimination for Post 880.
Eden took control early, holding a 4 – 2 lead, after two innings. Orchard Park took advantage of a few Eden miscues, in the top of the third, to take a 9 – 4 lead. In that inning, Eden gave up 7 runs, on three hits. Eden issued four walks and committed two errors, in the field.
The game would stand at 9 – 4, until the bottom of the sixth, when Post 880 scored 3 runs to make a game of it. Kyle Sherman sent a 2-run double into the gap, in left-center field, that scored Ty Conklin of Springville and leadoff hitter Brad Palmerton of Eden. Sherman would come around to score, later in the inning, via a fielder’s choice.
TOSSING ONE OFF — Eden Post 880’s Kyle Sherman winds up for the throw, during the post’s game against Orchard Park.
In the bottom of the seventh, Eden rallied with two outs, to bring the tying run to the plate, but Palmerton’s hard-hit ball up the middle was fielded by Orchard Park’s pitcher, to end the threat. With that, OP took the 9 – 7 win.
“We didn’t come up with the plays,” Coach Gordy Karstedt said. “We needed to make some defensive plays, in the big inning that they had, and we didn’t make them. You can’t give a team six outs. Orchard Park is a good team and we just didn’t come up with the big plays. We came back, though. Nick [Iskra] threw well; we had our opportunities; just couldn’t make the best of it.”
Iskra gave up one hit, during the last four innings of the game, while not allowing a run. Iskra is a Silver Creek product and was one of Eden’s primary relief pitchers, this year. Offensively, Eden was led by Sherman’s 2 – 4 day, including two RBIs and 1 run, scored from the shortstop.
RUN, BATTER BATTER — Eden Post 880’s Brian Losel finishes up a hit, during the game against Orchard Park.
Eden was out-hit by Orchard Park, eight hits to five, and Sherman was the lone player for Eden to have a multi-hit night.
The Eden Post team will return its entire pitching staff, next year, including sevearl arms from Springville: Crotty, Scharra and Jon Weronski. Iskra is also eligible to return to the team, as well as Eden’s Palmerton and Carson Gill. Centerfielder Bubba Boutelle of Gowanda, who recently gave his verbal to attend and play baseball at St. Bonaventure University after graduation, will also return.
YOU’RE OUT — Springville resident Brayton Wilson served as base umpire, for the Eden team.
One of the team’s youngest returning members, Dave Baskerville, will be a junior this fall. Baskerville spent most of the year behind the plate for Eden and hitting clean-up.
Outfielders from Springville, Conklin and Billy Dickinson, are also eligible to return. Conklin will be a senior, in the fall, and Dickinson will be playing baseball at Ithaca College, next year.
Eden finished the season 16 – 4 – 1.