|CEU’s Mason Hollingsworth puts some wood on the ball in a previous game. Coach Madsen feels like his team is starting to get some opportunistic hits that will help them score some runs in post season play.|
If you can’t win them all, then at least win the key games. That is what CEU is trying to do at this point in their season. Post region match-ups are dependent on where they finish and CNCC is still only game behind the Eagles in the standings. CEU won one out of three games against Southern Idaho this weekend, while CNCC took one of three against Western Nevada to hold serve.
The Eagles dropped both of the Friday games to CSI by the scores of 0-3 and 4-4. They came back and held on to win 3-2 on Saturday in an 11 inning affair, but lost the final game 2-7.
Coach Madsen summed up the weekend as being one where just a bad inning in each game made the difference between winning them all and only taking one.
In the first game Friday it was the first inning, where CSI scored all three runs before both teams played shutout ball the rest of the way. Even in the Saturday game they won.
It was one mistake in the seventh that let CSI tie it up and go to extra innings.
Kyle Graham had the best outing for the Eagles as he completed eight innings in that game, but didn’t get the win as he left the game tied at a pair.
“Our team is playing more focused and doing some opportunistic hitting. We are playing close games, but still just let that one big inning do us in,” Madsen explained.
The team will head to Carson City, Nev. for their final series of regular season play. “It is a tough field to play on. They have artificial turf and it is much faster than the grass we play on most of the time. I still feel we have a good shot at winning the way we have been playing,” stated Madsen. “We have a chance and if we win we will change the course of the play-offs. If we lose we will stay and play the first round there in Carson City. ”