Eagles begin new streak with big win over Cedaredge
While they remain undefeated in 2A play, the Paonia Eagles saw their eight-game winning streak come to a close Saturday when they lost two against the 4A Steamboat Springs Sailors.
Paonia threatened a comeback in game one after being down by seven in the bottom of the fourth.
Photo by Tamie Meck
Eagle Tyler Kendall looks confidently to the dugout before stepping up to hit a homerun against Steamboat Springs. Kendall has a lot to smile about. He’s currently the highest homerun hitter on the Western Slope. The next batter up against the Sailors, Dustin Braslin, hit a 350-foot homer of his own, directly over centerfield.
They held the Sailors in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the inning, Taylor Katzer hit a sacrifice RBI to score Kyler Bear, and Tyler Kendall followed with a one-run double. Kendall came home on a fly ball by Derek Heiniger to end the inning at 9-5. A single RBI by Kendall in the sixth brought Paonia to within three.
The Sailors scored three in the top of the seventh to lead by six, including a two-run homer by Thomas Kelly.
Paonia was able to score three in the bottom of the seventh, and threatened to tie the game with two runners on base and Kendall up to bat. The game ended at 12-9.
Paonia lost 12-5 in game two, which was highlighted by back-to-back homeruns by Kendall and Braslin in the third inning. With two outs, Kendall slammed the ball over right field for a 330-foot home run. Braslin followed up with a 350-foot homer over center field. With the Sailors holding a narrow 4-3 lead and Landon Long up to bat, Sailors brought in a new pitcher.
In a game Monday that left both sides shaking their heads, the underdog Eagles routed Cedaredge, 1-11, at Paonia. The April 25 issue of the DCI will have the complete story. The Bruins are now 9-2 and in first place in 3A WSL standings.
Paonia travels to Meeker this Saturday for a doubleheader. The Eagles were 2-0 against the Cowboys on April 7. "We'll be good if we just don't overlook them," said Kendall, who drove in the winning run against Cedaredge in the bottom of the fifth.