Red Devils Come Up Short at Iowa Wesleyan

Photo from Iowa Wesleyan University.
Photo from Iowa Wesleyan University.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa – Freshman Ryan Bredeson (Washington, Ill./Washington) and the Red Devils just came up short in a 3-1 loss in Game 1 at Iowa Wesleyan on Tuesday.

But the Tigers pulled away and ended Game 2 early with an 11-0 win.

Game 1: Iowa Wesleyan 3, Eureka 1

Game 1 was a good old-fashioned pitchers' duel between Eureka's Bredeson and Iowa Wesleyan's Cauy Massner that was over in just over an hour, 45 minutes.

The Red Devils' freshman southpaw pitched eight strong innings and only gave up two earned runs on six hits and two walks and struck out three. Unfortunately for the maroon and gold, Massner struck out 10 batters and conceded just one run in eight innings, while Brandon Devillier retired the side in the ninth to record the save.

Braden Cross (Clinton, Ill./Clinton) put Eureka on the board with an RBI single in the top of the third inning that scored Jimmy Peterson (Bloomington, Ill./Homeschooled) and put two runners on. Iowa Wesleyan pitcher Cauy Massner managed to get out of the inning with a double play before the Red Devils could do more damage.

Iowa Wesleyan answered with a leadoff home run by Nick Salas in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 1-1.

The Tigers took their first lead of the game with an unearned run following an EC throwing error in the fifth and scored again in the seventh to make it 3-1. The home team managed to hold on to it the rest of the way.

Peterson had two of the Red Devils' five hits, including a double to leadoff the game and a leadoff single that set up EC's lone run in the third.

Game 2: Iowa Wesleyan 11, Eureka 0 (7 inn.)

After a breezy first game, Iowa Wesleyan notched three unearned runs during a long first inning. Then, in the second inning, the Tigers rallied for four more to take a 7-0 advantage.

Trevor Wingard (Decatur, Ill./Meridian) took over pitching duties for Tate Stone (Washington, Ill./Washington) in the third inning and kept the Tigers off the board until the sixth. That was when the Tigers loaded the bases and Trey Sherrill cleared them with a grand slam for his first career home run.

Jelby Cheramie (Lockport, La./South Laforche) got on base with a single with one out in the seventh, but the Tigers got the next two batters out to end the threat.

Austin Davis (Eureka, Ill./Eureka) and Alex Barney (Sheldon, Ill./Milford) each had two hits for the Red Devils, and Cross contributed a double.

Coming Up

The Red Devils are back at it on Wednesday with their final regular season doubleheader of the year at Blackburn at 1 p.m.