Eureka continued the new 2019 baseball season by participating in the Pahranagat Valley Invitational in Alamo March 15-16.
The Vandals split their four games, beating Beaver Dam twice and losing to Pahranagat Valley and Wells.
As reported on Gamechanger, Eureka’s first game on Friday was against Beaver Dam and Gage Hayward proved to be a tough out as the Vandals skirted past the Diamondbacks 20-7.
Hayward went 4-for-4 on the day. He singled in the first, second, third and fifth innings. He drew a walk in the fourth inning. He also led the team with four stolen bases.
Eureka had a 4-0 lead in the second inning, when they tallied eight runs for a commanding 12-0 lead. A single by Wyatt Anderson and two singles from Hayward helped out the cause in the inning. Hayward had an RBI single his first time at bat, then when he came around again, laced a two-run RBI single.
Johnny Schweble was the winning pitcher for Eureka. He gave up four runs on four hits, struck out one and walked two. Byron Weeks and Rowdy Tremeling pitched an inning or less in relief. Weeks gave up three runs on one hit, struck out two, but walked four.
Things were altogether different in the next game against league rival Wells Leopards.
Wells took a 22-7 win as Eureka saw a 4-0 first inning lead melt away with the Leopards getting 10 in the bottom of the first and adding seven more in the bottom of the third.
Gage Hayward started on the mound for the Vandals, but lasted only two-thirds of the inning, being rocked by nine Leopard runs on just one hit. Unfortunately, he also walked five batters.
Mikel Lacovara and Chris Drayton entered the game from the bullpen in relief throwing two and two-thirds and one-third inning respectively.
In all, Eureka pitchers gave up seven hits to Wells, but the team committed seven errors in the field.
Coach Kia Davis said the Vandals are a young team, “only one senior starter, the others are underclassmen, so we are building for the future. Our strength is our sophomore and freshman class.”
Gamechanger reported on baseruning, the Leopards were cat-quick recording 15 steals.
Saturday morning the Vandals went up against host Pahranagat Valley, but couldn’t get anything going, managing only two hits and losing 15-0 in a three inning game. The Panthers also had an eight-run outburst in the second inning.
Saturday’s final game was with Beaver Dam again, and again the Vandals handled things rather well, banging out 13 hits for a 23-10 win highlighted by Chris Drayton’s three-run triple in an eight-run sixth inning.
Davis said over the four games, Clayton Shoda, Hayward and Anderson were the players that seemed to stand out.
This next week is Spring Break at Eureka with the next games a double header with Mineral County April 6.