By Robert Sawicki

The Ellicottville Eagles varsity baseball team made valiant efforts but still fell in their first two games of the season.

On April 17, the Eagles lost to Randolph Central School 8-6 in seven innings despite Cameron Wilson’s performance. Wilson got on base three times in the game, scored one run and had one RBI. He singled in the fourth and seventh innings.

Tom Easton took the loss for the Eagles. He lasted just three innings, walked two, struck out six, and allowed five runs. The top of the third saw the Eagles take an early 1-0 lead. Randolph went up for good in the third, scoring five runs on a two-run double. Two runs in the top of the fourth helped the Eagles close their deficit to 5-3. Randolph Central School quickly matched ECS’s strong inning with a three-run inning of its own in the fourth. Randolph Central School scored on a passed ball and an RBI single by Mitchell. The Eagles scored three runs in the top of the seventh to cut their deficit to one. An RBI single by Wilson fueled the team’s comeback. Randolph got the last out, as the Eagles’ Pete Hutchinson struck out.

In the game against Bolivar-Richburg, the Eagles took another dive with a final score of 15–7. Robert Sawicki Jr. went 2-2 at the plate, but the Eagles couldn’t pull off a win on April 22.managed just three hits off Tyler Slaughenhaupt, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out four during his 3 1/3 innings of work. Even though Gary Burdick allowed seven runs over 4 1/3 innings, he still recorded the victory. Gary struck out seven, walked six and gave up eight hits. Alex Fisher couldn’t get it done on the rubber for the Eagles, taking a loss. He pitched 1 2/3 innings, walked five and struck out none. B-R built upon its lead with 14 runs in the second. The Eagles scored one run in the bottom of the second to cut their deficit to 14.

After pushing across two runs in the bottom of the third, the Eagles stood at 15. A two-run double by Pete Hutchinson fueled the Ellicottville Eagles Varsity’s comeback. Tanner Gregory struck out to end the Ellicottville Eagles Varsity threat. One run in the bottom of the fourth helped the Eagles close their deficit to 15-4. An RBI single by Dylan Paprocki sparked the rally. Burdick ended the inning with a strike out.

Three runs in the bottom of the fifth helped the Eagles close their deficit to 15-7. An RBI single by Phalla Musall and a two-run single by Robert Sawicki Jr. gave the team new life. Jonah Crump got the last out, as the Ellicottville Eagles Varsity’s Dylan Paprocki struck out.