ALL TOGETHER NOW — The Eden Post 880 team is pictured, getting together, after the win against Fredonia. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
EDEN — Eden Post 880 has returned a number of players, from its team that came in as runner-up District B champions, a year ago. Eden upped its record to 6 – 0, after its 10 – 2 victory, against Fredonia Legion Post 59, on June 17.
Kyle Crotty of Springville was on the hill for Eden and pitched six innings, allowing 1 earned run. After surrendering four consecutive hits and allowing 2 runs, during the top of the first inning, Crotty neutralized the Fredonia team.
Fredonia sported players who were a part of Fredonia High School’s recent state championship team, including Trent Thompson and Jude Gardner.
With Eden trailing 2 – 0, in the bottom of the second, Kyle Sherman of North Collins hit a 2-run single, to knot the game at 2 – 2. After the top half of the third, in which Crotty struck out the side, Dan Kartstedt came around, to score for Eden and advanced the team to 3 – 2.
CRACK GOES THE BAT — Eden’s Dan Kartstedt slams one over the plate, during a game against Fredonia.
Eden scored 5 more runs, in the fourth, and 2 more, in the seventh, where it eventually won, via the 8-run mercy rule. The 5-run fourth inning saw Eden bat around its order.
Billy Dickinson led off the inning, with a single, and came around to score off an RBI triple, by Kartstedt, that almost cleared the tennis court fence in left field. Dave Baskerville plated Kartstedt on an RBI double and Baskerville scored off an RBI single by Springville’s Drew Scharra.
“When our hitting isn’t, our pitching is. When our pitching isn’t, our hitting is,” Coach Gordy Karstedt said, about Eden’s success, so far this season. “So, both offensively and defensively, we’re pulling together well.”
WIND IT UP — Kyle Crotty of Springville took the mound, for the Eden team.
Kartstedt’s son, Dan Kartstedt continued his hitting, going 3 – 4, including an RBI triple in the fourth inning, to deep left field. Kartstedt will be entering his sophomore year at Mercyhurst College, where he plays on the baseball team.
“He just works very hard,” Gordy Kartstedt said, about his son, who was an All WNY selection, when he played for Eden High School, as a senior. “[He has] a lot of concentration, cage work and dedication. He’s a very good hitter and his dad leans on him a lot,” Kartstedt added, with a laugh.
Fredonia was led by reigning All WNY selection Trent Thompson, who went two for three, in the loss. Fredonia put forth an eight-hit effort. Eden broke the game open, to take a lead, in the fourth inning, after batting around, due to a couple of Fredonia errors.
“We just shot ourselves in the foot,” Fredonia Coach Dennis Ayers said, of the team’s performance. “It seems like every game we’ve lost, we’ve lost 1, 2 [or] 3 runs and it’s been because of one inning that’s killed us. I don’t really know what happened, [in the fourth inning]. It was a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Pitching was holding up fine. We were playing a great game, until the fourth. We’re going to have to change some things. I’ll tell you that.”
RUN HIM DOWN — Eden’s Brian Losel catches a ball at first base, to get a Fredonia runner out.
Eden Post 880 is based in Eden and North Collins, but Kartstedt scoops up players from neighboring schools, such as Gowanda and Springville, to fill the team’s roster.
Players from Springville include Crotty, Dickinson, Scharra, Tyler Conklin and Jon Weronski. Scharra played on the team, last year, along with Springville graduate Matt Wolcott.
“The Springville kids are huge,” Kartstedt said. “I can’t say enough about them. We’ve always looked towards Springville for help, because they’re quality kids. That’s what we look for. Gowanda has quality kids; Eden and North Collins has quality kids. You don’t see anyone arguing or fighting. Our team is just a nice mesh of kids.”
Eden Post 880 will play again on Saturday, June 22.