By Indrek Kongats

It always starts the season off on the right track with a win and that’s exactly what the boys’ Varsity Eagles baseball team got last Saturday, March 25.

Their first game of the season came on a wet and miserable day, away from home and against a strong opponent in the likes of the Sherman Wildcats. The game didn’t start off as planned, with Sherman scoring two runs in the 3rd inning off of the Eagles’ junior starter Griffin Chudy.

The Eagles answered back in the fourth with a single run, but they were still a run behind the Wildcats going into the seventh. Chudy was relieved by senior Chad Bolt after the fifth, but not after throwing 78 pitches with seven strikeouts, earning an ERA of .280.

The ECS bats came alive in the seventh. Even though Sherman managed two more runs in the 7 th themselves, it wasn’t enough, as the Eagles hammered in four runs of their own to close out the game 5-4. Not only was Chudy good on the mound, he excelled at the plate batting .500, getting two hits and knocking in three of the team’s five runs scored.

In relief, Bolt gave up two runs in the seventh, after throwing 38 pitches in two innings, but still earned the win thanks to his team’s hot seventh inning at bat.

Overall, the team batted .208 and is now 1-0 on the season.

The Eagles first league game scheduled for Monday, March 27 against Archbishop Walsh of Olean was canceled. These two teams will meet again on Monday, April 3 at 4:30 p.m. on the Eagles home field. This will be their second home appearance as they played Randolph Central School on Thursday, March 30. Still to come before the Easter break, the boys will travel to Panama on Thursday, April 6 to take on the PCS Panthers; game time is 5 p.m.

In softball, the Lady Eagles will play their first game of the season at home on Saturday, April 1. The girls will be playing a double header against Sherman’s Lady Wildcats with the first game starting 11 a.m., followed at 1 p.m. for the second.

It will be a busy week for the Ellicottville softballers with a game on Wednesday, April 5 at home again, this time against Portville, with the first pitch to be tossed at 4:30 p.m.

That game will be followed by an away game against Salamanca on Thursday, April 6 with a 4:30 p.m. start.

College action has been overshadowed with some exciting basketball madness that is still going in March but the Bonnies men and women have been hitting the diamonds with moderate success.

The men’s baseball team split their last two games against St. Louis on the road.

The first game was an exciting win, 6-5 in 12 innings. The men are now 7-9 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The ladies are 7-18 overall, having not played a conference opponent to date. They will play their first conference softball game at home this weekend in a triple header against La Salle with two games on Saturday, April 1, the first starting at 12 p.m., followed by the second at 2 p.m. and then again on Sunday, April 2 at 12 p.m. Get out to cheer on the Bonnies’ local star No. 99 sophomore Brittany Fair from Hinsdale.

Hilbert College Lady Hawks will be showing off their two locals stars in No. 21 freshman Nateal Papasergi from Allegany-Limestone and No. 24 freshman Kaitlyn Snayczuk from West Valley down in Altoona, PA, taking on the Mounties from Mount Aloysius College this weekend, April 1 and then the Penn State Altoona Lions next weekend, April 8.

Other ECS Sports

While we are waiting for the greens to dry up, Ellicottville has a new team on the block— the Lady Eagles Golf Team. Their first matchup will be against Olean High School, but not until Friday, May 5 at the Bartlett Country Club in Olean.