ON BASE — Eden’s Ty Conklin (right) is pictured advancing to third base, off a wild pitch against Falconer. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
EDEN — Eden Post 880 churned its way through the first 10 games of the season, racking up a 10 – 0 start.
That season beginner put Eden atop its division in American Legion 19U baseball.
The boys’ undefeated start came to an end, after a 10 – 6 loss to Falconer Post 735 on July 3.
Eden got off to a slow start, allowing Falconer to score all 10 of its runs, during the first two innings.
Jake Sisson of Jamestown hit a 3-run single, during the bottom of the first inning, to give Falconer an early 3 – 0 lead.
HEY, BATTER BATTER — Drew Scharra of Springville is pictured, ripping a single, during the second inning against Orchard Park.
Falconer cinched the game via the bat of Chris Sadan, who hit a grand slam that finished the scoring for his team. Adam Hunt pitched for Falconer and struck out five, while throwing a complete game.
“Adam pitched a fabulous game,” Falconer Coach Dennis Ayers said, about his pitcher. “He mixes pitches so well. He has a downward curve ball and a slide slinger curve ball and it just confuses batters. They usually don’t hit it square.”
Eden was led by Dan Karstedt, who went 2 – 4 with 2 RBIs, and Dave Baskerville, who also went 2 – 3 with an RBI.
Eden made a game of it in the fourth inning, after a 2-run double by Karstedt and RBI single by Brad Palmerton scored Ty Conklin of Springville. That is as close as Eden came, before the team dropped the game 10 – 6.
“We didn’t come to play in the first two innings,” said Eden Coach Gordy Kartstedt.
“After that, we picked things up and won the rest of the game, but that doesn’t count. We were lethargic and just didn’t come ready to play. It’s very simple.”
When asked if he wanted his team to forget about the loss and move on, Kartstedt responded, “No, don’t forget. We have to learn from it. You learn more from a loss than you do from a win.
GLOVE UP — Dan Karstedt makes a catch against Falconer.
“We’ve had a lot of wins,” the coach added. “We were 15 – 3, two years ago, 17 – 1 last year and [we] started this year 10 – 0. We’ve had a lot of wins. Sometimes you get too complacent and hopefully we learned from that, tonight.”
The Eden Post 880 team swept a double-header with Jaworski Post on July 6. Eden won game one 9 – 7 and game two 13 – 11.
On July 8, Eden traveled to Orchard Park and dropped its second game of the season 5 – 1.
Baskerville hit an RBI single in the top of the first inning to score Palmerton, as Eden struck first, to take a 1 – 0 lead.
Palmerton started the game on the mound for Eden. The athlete did not allow a run, through the first two innings, but Orchard Park scored 3 runs, during the third inning, and added two more in the fifth, to take a 5 – 1 lead.
Eden could not string together enough hits and lost for the second time, this season.
“Brad pitched good enough to keep us in the game,” Kartstedt said. “We just couldn’t score. We were swinging at some bad pitches.
“Especially when we were up in the count, we were chasing some balls and popping them up,” the coach added. “I give the pitcher credit. He pitched well. He was hitting his spots, [but] we just weren’t hitting the ball.”
Eden’s record stands at 12 – 2, but the team must win the next three games, to clinch the division title. The playoffs will begin next week.
Eden is scheduled to take on Orchard Park again, for a double-header on July 14.