Another victory for Eagles

Recent win helps in fight for playoff spot

The Eckville Eagles are approaching the playoffs with a knack for victory, as the regular season games wind down. Head Coach Judy Cowan expressed pride in the resilience and talent of the boys and girls who defeated Drayton Valley No. 2 15-4 on June 13.

The game opened with both teams tightly contested, leading to a 3-3 tie in the first inning, but that tie quickly broke, leading to a landslide victory for the Eagles, as the game wore on.

“We pretty much were tied at first, but the kids played through the rain. We buckled down, and came out with six runs per inning – we maxed them out and ran off with [the game],” said Cowan.

Cowan noted the Eagles really stood out in Tuesday evening’s game with the good hits they scored throughout the game. She said Trinity Bowman’s two-run hit in the first inning, which in the last two runs of that inning, and a home run in the third inning were big contributors to the team’s success.

The second inning was also a time where the team shined, with Jack Hanson getting a two-run hit that helped the Eagles gain some lift in their flight to victory. Additionally, the second inning was when the Eagles scored the six run maximum.

“They capitalized on those in inning two, and then in inning three,” said Cowan. “By the time we got to the [fourth], Drayton Valley couldn’t keep up.”

Because of the rainy, cool conditions and the over 10-run gap between the scores of Eckville and Drayton Valley, Cowan said the latter eventually called it and conceded the game to the Eagles.

“We didn’t bat in the fourth – we had the last bat before the fourth. We started that inning, and [Drayton Valley] managed to get a couple more runs in the fourth,” said Cowan. “But it wasn’t enough to catch up or get within 10 runs – so they opted to end the game there.”

Cowan commended the hardiness of her Eagles, noting they played unflinchingly through the ugly weather and played very well, adding “they just kept it up, and played through two solid innings of rain. I didn’t hear the kids complaining – it was cold and wet, and they just came ready to play.”

She said, “Right now, we’re getting tiered for the playoffs. We have nine wins and two losses. We have one game to go, next Tuesday, against the Ermineskin Rec Hawks.”

Cowan expressed her pride at the efforts of her team, noting that they all are putting in steady effort to finish the season strong so they can enter the playoffs in good standing.

samuel.macdonald@sylvanlakenews.com

Eckville EaglesNorth Central Hockey League