Eagles beat Orioles; second game suspended

Midland first baseman Eli Spilman makes a putout at Monticello June 13. (Photo by Pete Temple)


     Midland bounced back from a difficult early-week stretch to score an 11-3 win over the Springville Orioles in Tri-Rivers Conference baseball action June 15 in Wyoming.

     The Eagles (10-3, 11-6) also led the second game 4-0 in the top of the second inning, before it was suspended due to storms. It had not been rescheduled at press time, but when it is, it will pick up where it left off.

     In the first game, Midland scored 10 unanswered runs to take a 10-2 lead after two innings. The Eagles had eight total hits. Fisher Bisinger was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in. Wilson Buckwalter was 2-for-2 with a double. Austin Smith and Eli Spilman each drove in two runs; Spilman also had a double.

     Jensen Dodge pitched the first five innings to get the win, and Griffin Gravel worked the last two, allowing no runs and no hits.

     “Jensen went out and threw another nice game,” Midland coach Ryan Steines said, “and we had a very balanced offense.”

     Earlier, the Eagles started the week with a doubleheader loss at home against Calamus-Wheatland, by scores of 13-3 in six innings, and 8-3. After falling behind 8-0, Midland scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning and had bases loaded with none out, but couldn’t bring any more runs across. The Eagles had six hits; Connor Harms was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, and Buckwalter also went 2-for-3. Harms, Austin Smith and Gravel shared pitching duties, with Harms taking the loss.

     Midland took a 2-1 lead after three innings in the second game, but Cal-Wheat scored seven total runs over the final four innings to come away with the win. Bisinger pitched six innings, striking out seven, but took the loss.

     “Fisher really battled for us in this game,” Steines said. “We had multiple chances to put runs up, but couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it.”

     The Eagles had eight hits; Bisinger was 2-for-3.

     Next up was a non-conference game at Monticello June 13, which the host Panthers won 12-5. Monticello took an early 8-0 lead, and fought off Midland’s rallies.

     “Even after getting in an 8-0 hole after the second inning, our kids battled all night and kept putting pressure on Monti,” Steines said.

     The Eagles had 11 hits. Harms was 3-for-4, Buckwalter went 2-for-3 with a double, and Bisinger was 2-for-4 with a double. Landon Hunter also doubled for Midland. Dodge had two RBIs.

     Alex Smith pitched the first two innings, and Buckwalter pitched the rest of the way.



     Midland played in the Anamosa Tournament June 10, and lost a 9-6 decision to Waukon. The Eagles had six hits; Emma Paulsen was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs batted in. D.J. Uppena was 2-for-3. Ari Hacke had two RBIs, and Emma Dusanek had three walks and five stolen bases. Paulsen pitched and took the loss.

     The Eagles played host to Calamus-Wheatland June 12, and lost by scores of 15-0 and 17-0, both three-inning games. Taylor Bahnsen’s single was the lone Midland hit in the first game. Anna Roseland and Hacke had hits in the second game.



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