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Rocky Road for Eagles Baseball

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By Indrek Kongats

After getting off to a great 2-0 start before Easter break, the Ellicottville Eagles Varsity baseball team has taken a wrong turn down a road of ups and downs that leaves the rest of the season uncertain, currently sitting at 3-2.

Returning to the diamond after a one week lay-off, the Eagles dropped an unexpected and bitter loss 7-16 to the 1-5 Golden Falcons from Falconer on April 18 on the road.

That loss must have woken up the boys as they took out their revenge on the unsuspecting Panthers from Panama, winning 15-7 at home on April 19.

What happened next was not pretty at all. This past Monday, April 24 , on the road at North Collins, the Eagles got shutout in a devastating 0-11 shellacking, managing only four hits and striking out 14 times. Either North Collins’ starting pitcher, Trevor Mercado, was showing off for possible MLB scouts or he is just that good, walking only one batter in five innings pitched.

The Eagles have a chance this week to get back on track: first, against Franklinville Wednesday night at home and then on Friday, April 28 on the road against Frewsburg.

Next week sees them playing Catt-Little Valley at home on Monday May 1, first pitch at 4:30, and on Wednesday, May 3, away at Pine Valley. On Friday, May 5, they have a chance to redeem themselves, taking on the North Collins Eagles once again, but this time at home; first pitch is at 5 p.m.

Unfortunately for Ellicottville sports fans, the Lady Eagles softball team is not fairing much better. The 1-4 girls’ team managed their only win last week, April 18, against Falconer, winning 6-3. In all fairness to the Lady Eagles, they had to play the powerhouse from Portville twice, losing both times by a total score of 8-32. Hopefully they can pull up their socks and take care of business with Franklinville and Frewsburg, Wednesday and Friday, April 26 and 28, before ending the month with a two game tourney at Cattaraugus Little Valley’s home turf on Saturday, April 29. First pitch is at 12 p.m. according to the Section 6 schedule.

Next week looks like this for the girls: home Monday, May 1 against Catt-Little Valley, first pitch at 4:30 p.m., away Wednesday, May 3 at Pine Valley and then back home on Friday, May 5 against North Collins, with a start time of 4:30 p.m.

In golf action, the boys are taking on Allegany-Limestone this Friday, April 28 at the Birch Run Country Club, tee time is 3:30 p.m., and then on Monday, May 1on their home course, the Double Black Diamond at Holiday Valley. They will be competing against Portville, Franklinville and Randolph.

The girl’s golf team traveled to play the Southwestern Trojans of Jamestown on April 6. This was their first outing as a newly-formed sports team for ECS. Their next competition will be Thursday, May 4, along with the boys’ team. The girls take on Southwestern again and the boys play Allegany-Limestone and Southwestern, both teams hosting on their home course.

ECS Tracking and Field season is warming up as is the weather with events planned for their first home competition against Westfield next week, Tuesday, May 2; start time is 4:30 p.m.

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