For most teams, nothing replaces live action. The speed of the game cannot be matched, unfortunately for the Elsberry Indians, indoor practices have been more the norm this spring season.
When asked what the challenges as been for his squad this year Head Coach Shannon Wells has only two words “the weather.”
“It does not allow for any consistency to the season,” said Wells.
With this being one of the wettest springs in recent years the Indians have had to reschedule and at times not play games for a long period of time.
And of course, mother nature, was at it again over the weekend.
On Friday night the Indians started the three game round robin tournament at Orchard Farm. With dreary skies and threat of rain overhead the Indians were able to take the field against the host team Orchard Farm.
Kyle Eisenbath took the mound for the Indians allowing only three runs on seven hits.
“Kyle was instrumental on the mound,” said Wells. “He gave us a good start and kept the Orchard Farm hitters off-balance.”
Eisenbath didn’t allow a run for the first three innings and neither did Orchard Farm.
It wasn’t until the top of the fourth when Elsberry put up three runs following that three run third was another three run fourth and one run sixth.
“Offensively Jay Ogden, Eisenbath and Grant Black were the sparks for our offense, hitting very well at the plate and driving in runs.”
Ogden was 3-4 with a double, 2 runs scored and 1 RBI, Eisenbath was 3-3 with 2 RBI’s and Black went 2-3 with a home run and 2 RBI’s.
Orchard Farm couldn’t shake the Eisenbath’s either. After a stellar performance from Kyle his brother Caleb came on in the late innings to pick up the save.
“Caleb was really good in relief. He came in the game and shut down the Orchard Farm hitters,” said Wells.
The Indians would go on to pick up the 7-3 victory.
“I thought we played a pretty complete game on Friday,” said Wells. “Our starting pitching was good, we had good offensive play and though we had four errors in the game, the team did not panic and allow a big inning. The kids did a good job of picking each other up.”
With the first game in the bag the Indians were looking to go into Saturday play on a roll. Unfortunately, both games were rained out and the tournament was cancelled.
“The tourney started out well with a win in our first game against Class 3 Orchard Farm,” said Wells. “We were then rained out on our second day, so we were unable to complete the tournament.”
Unfortunately, something this Indians squad has had to endure all season.
However, for Coach Wells, he stated he feels his guys are playing better as a team, but have to keep working to get better everyday.
The Indians next game will be Wednesday, May 1 at 5 p.m. at home against Bowling Green. It will also be Senior Night.
They will then travel to Montgomery County on Friday, May 3 for a 5 p.m. start. Followed by a 9 a.m. game in Wright City on Saturday, May 4.
The Indians will finish out the regular season at Clopton at 5 p.m. on May 6.
Districts will be held at Clopton starting on May 10. Times and opponents to be announced.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H
ELSBERRY 0 0 0 3 3 1 0 7 11
Orchard Farm 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 7
WP: Kyle Eisenbath
Save: Caleb Eisenbath
Offense: Dylan Howard (1-4, 2R); Jay Ogden (3-4 2B, 2R, 1RBI); Michael Ligon (1-3, 1R); Kyle Eisenbath (3-3, 2RBI); Caleb Eisenbath (1-3, 1RBI); Grant Black (2-3 HR, 1R, 2RBI).
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