weather icon Clear

Errors, illness challenge Eagles

The Boulder City baseball team recognized its seniors April 29 night before its last game of the regular season against Moapa Valley.

Despite sickness and five errors, the Eagles managed the win over Moapa 11-1.

“Nice win, but obviously five errors — we play like that next week, we’re going to get beat and we’re going to get beat quick,” head coach Bobby Reese said. “We got two guys who are sick and not even playing today. Hopefully, we can get at least one of them back, if not two of them. And if we don’t, guys are going to have to step up a lot better than they did today.”

Before the game, seniors Austin Shepard, Nick Giunta, Patrick Garvin and Seth Kermode were individually introduced and took the field with their families before the playing of the national anthem. They were each greeted by their coaches, and given a flower by Principal Amy Wagner before taking their positions on the field.

The Eagles started off the game with only one run in the first inning. Both teams were quiet in the second inning, before Boulder City erupted in the third inning, scoring four runs to stretch its lead to 5-0.

Both teams scored one run in the fourth inning, until the Eagles scored five runs and put the game away for good in the fifth.

Giunta, who has been sick all week, pitched a complete game, throwing 79 pitches, 50 for strikes. He said he knew the team would have almost a week break before the next game, so he could muster up the strength for one game, and give it his all.

“That was a really gutsy performance from him,” Reese said. “He’s been really under the weather the past three days. We were just going to start him because he’s a senior, and we didn’t know how long he was going to be able to go, but (I’m) really proud of him, and a nice night for him the way he sucked it up as bad as he’s been feeling.”

Garvin and Shepard went 2-for-3 at the plate and had a combined five RBIs. Mike Morelli, Zach Murphy and Kermode each had one RBI as well.

The Eagles went undefeated for league play throughout the season, 14-0 and 21-9 overall. But coach Reese said he won’t be satisfied until the team reaches the state tournament.

“We’ve accomplished one of three goals,” Reese said. “That’s all we’ve done. So it’s not real good. We get two out of three, and that’s a good season. We haven’t done anything that I didn’t think we could do, and I didn’t think that we would do and now the next two goals are the big ones: Can we get to the state tournament, and how well can we do there?”

Playoffs will be different for Boulder City. They will face harder opponents than in their league, and will get to see how they measure up as a team. Garvin said he thinks the Eagles come together as a team well, and he’s anxious to see how they measure up to better teams and better pitching.

The biggest concern for Boulder City, is its health.

“If we can get healthy, I like my chances,” Reese said.

On Tuesday, Boulder City won 10-0 over Pahrump in the first round of the playoffs.

The Eagles played like a team that was determined to be state champion. They made only one error during play, and made multiple double plays that fans are used to seeing from pros.

Koopman pitched a complete game throwing 56 pitches, 39 for strikes and five strikeouts. He also had two RBIs. Teammates Preston VanDiest, Shepard, Murphy and Wagner each had one RBI.

After Tuesday’s win, the Eagles advanced to the quarterfinals and hosted Spring Valley on Wednesday afternoon.

The results for the match were received too late to be published in print.

Contact Rochelle Richards at BCRsports@gmail.com.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Wrestler advances to national tourney

Hunter Moore, an incoming senior at Boulder City High School, will represent Nevada in the Fargo National Championship, after dominating his way through the Western State Championship wrestling tournament held June 22-25.

Swimmers continue to make waves

After helping Boulder City High School’s girls swimming team win its eighth consecutive 3A state championship — which dates back to 2013 — sophomore Phoebe McClaren and junior Tara Higley were honored among the top swimmers in Southern Nevada singled out by Nevada Preps/Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Lady Eagles get all-state honors

After helping lead the Lady Eagles to a state tournament appearance, Boulder City High School’s softball program placed five girls on the 3A all-state team, tied for the most in the classification.

Eagles dominate state volleyball honors

After winning their second consecutive state championship, Boulder City High School’s boys volleyball team dominated the 3A all-state award landscape, taking home seven of 17 available honors.

Eagles’ pitcher Welbourne singled out

Kanon Welbourne, a junior at Boulder City High School, was named the Mountain League’s pitcher of the year for his dominant performance throughout the season and helping the varsity baseball team win the league title.

Carver named MVP

After helping her softball team finish first in the 3A Desert League and clinch a state tournament berth, Boulder City High School senior Paeton Carver was named conference MVP.

Volleyball stars shine with year-end honors

Coming off their second consecutive 3A state championship, Boulder City High School’s boys varsity volleyball team dominated the Mountain conference awards.

Eagles earn second consecutive state title

Continuing its reign as the 3A state champion, Boulder City High School’s boys varsity volleyball team clinched its second consecutive title by defeating Clark High School 3-0 on May 18.

Girls win eighth state swim title

The girls swimming team from Boulder City High School won its eighth consecutive 3A state swimming championship Saturday, May 21, following competition at the Pavilion Center Pool in Las Vegas.

Roundup: Coach: Team gets ‘great experience’ at state track tourney

Mary Henderson, a senior at Boulder City High School, finished as the track team’s top finisher, placing third in the 1600-meter run during the 3A state meet held Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, at Reed High School in Sparks.