Cloverdale notches wins over Middletown, Lower Lake
The Cloverdale Lady Eagles remain unbeaten on the spring campaign this week after notching recent league victories over Middletown (4-0) and Lower Lake (7-5).
The wins pushed the Eagles’ NCL-1 mark to 4-0 and a perfect 7-0 on the season.
Cloverdale figures to be tested this week with scheduled games against St. Helena on Apr. 15 (after press time) followed by participation in the tough Stanley Cup Tournament in Hayward on Apr. 17-19.   
The annual Cloverdale Invitational Tournament which was washed out due to rain last month, has been cancelled.
No shortage of heroes
The Lady Eagles have been rock solid through the first seven games this spring, combining the outstanding pitching of talented sophomore Teanne Edens (7-0, 0.43 Era, 49 IP, 71 Ks) with a relentless offensive attack led by top hitters; sophomore Jordyn Turner (.500 BA, 9 hits, 9 runs), junior Monica Lemley (.417 BA, 10 hits, 10 RBIs), and senior Jasmin Orozco (.348, 10 runs).
Edens has been a workhouse for the team, pitching every inning of each game this year.
“Teanne throws on her own (on off days) and works really hard,” CHS coach Margaret Fitzgerald said. “It’s important for her to know that it’s not all on her, she has a team that can play behind her.”
If there’s been a weakness for the Eagles this season it’s been with the gloves, with the team having committed 18 errors in seven games.
“We’re so young in the infield with mostly sophomores, and we’ve had some defensive glitches,” noted Fitzgerald. “But the girls have been working really hard and are showing lots of improvement.”
Eagles post wins
Edens was on her game in the Apr. 8 clash at Middletown, allowing just three hits and one walk while fanning 10 in a complete-game gem.  The Eagles scratched for a solo run in the second and added three insurance tallies in the sixth for more than enough offense en route to a 4-0 victory.
Pacing the Cloverdale hitting corps were Lemley (2 for 3, 2B, run, RBI), and Edens (1 for 3, 2B, run).
The Eagles found themselves behind for virtually the first time all season in the Apr. 10 trip to Lower Lake, trailing 5-3 after the sixth inning.  Cloverdale showed its mettle, battling back with a four-run rally in the seventh to emerge with a hard-fought, 7-5 win.
“That was a wild game but it was nice to see us battle back like we did,” Fitzgerald said.
Edens didn’t allow a hit and issued one walk while striking out 10 in the game, with most of Middletown’s runs coming after six Eagles’s fielding errors.
Top hitters for Cloverdale were Amy Mora (1 for 3, 3B, run, 2 RBIs), Bailey Creager (1 for 3, 2B, run, RBI), and Jasmin Orozco (1 for 3, run).

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