ALL WOUND UP — Kyle Crotty pitched a complete game, to bring home the win for Eden.
SPRINGVILLE — Eden Post 880 won the division title, last season, but entering this year, the team was going to have to do it with different arms, if it wanted to repeat as division champs.
The team lost its top three pitchers from the previous year, because of their age. Eden went on a 15 – 2 regular season tear and, with a 14 – 4 victory against Hamburg, clinched the division title again.
“It feels good. The boys worked really hard, this year,” Coach Gordy Kartstedt said. “It’s just a great group of kids. For it being a rebuilding year, we finished up pretty darn good.
“We had to hit this year because our top three pitchers left, because of age,” the coach continued. “We were slotting some new guys in. We had a couple guys coming back that did a nice job. We had to do it with the bats early and the pitching has come along. Hopefully, we’re peaking for the playoffs.”
SWING, BATTER BATTER — Bubba Boutelle hit it out of the park, during the division finals game against Hamburg.
Eden played a five-inning game with Hamburg, the second game of a doubleheader that had been postponed, due to weather. Eden struck first, in the top of the second inning, with runs from Bubba Boutelle, Nick Iskra and Brian Losel. In the following inning, Boutelle drove in Kyle Sherman, off a single, to take a 4 – 1 lead. Eden took control, from then on. The team added 5 runs, in the fourth, and another 5-spot, in the fifth, to break the game open and take the 14 – 4 victory.
On the mound, Kyle Crotty of Springville pitched a complete game three-hitter, to get the win. Crotty has been battling an illness and has not pitched in two weeks, prior to this outing.
“I was really happy with what he did today,” Kartstedt noted. “I thought he battled well. When he got down in the count, he didn’t give up and he battled back, multiple times. We had a couple nice plays behind him that helped out.”
Boutelle went four-for-four, with three RBIs on the day, and scored 3 runs. He also made a diving catch in center field that saved 2 runs, during the bottom of the fourth.
Boutelle led Eden with four of the team’s 19 hits, on the night. Losel went three-for-four and Crotty went three-for-three. Seven Eden players had a multi-hit game.
“I think the boys were a little hungry tonight. It was hot and I think they wanted to go home,” Kartstedt said, with a laugh. “We’ve been hitting very well. We put up a lot of runs, over the weekend, and just kept going tonight. I’m very pleased with it; we’re getting hits from the bottom of our order, so that’s huge.”
On July 13, Eden swept a doubleheader with Orchard Park. Orchard Park had taken down Eden 5 – 1, the previous week. Eden avenged that loss by taking OP down 13 – 1 in game one and 19 – 9 in game two.
The playoffs will begin on July 20. An opponent have not been determined.