Hollywood couldn’t have scripted it any better: A rivalry game tied at one, three stanzas deep into extra innings as the Eagles came to bat against District 5-2A foe Christoval in the bottom of the 10th.

That’s when Mario Arispe reached base on a walk, stole second to move into scoring position, then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Korbin Covarrubiaz also walked putting runners at the corners.

And, that’s how it stood when Kaden Gonzalez advanced to the plate at Eagle Field on Friday, April 9th. The junior hurler stood in strong, fouling off four pitches and battling his way to a 3-2 count. Gonzalez then let fly a single to left center that sent Arispe streaking home for the 2-1 walk-off victory.

Gonzalez also had a big day on the mound. He got the start for the Eagles and went a full seven innings, allowing only one run on five hits and no walks while striking out 16.

Aidan Dennis came on in relief and pitched three shut-out innings to slam the door on the Cougars and notch up a save.

Dennis got things going offensively for the Eagles when he stole home to give Eldorado a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second.

The Cougars answered in the top of the sixth when Riley Workman scored from third on a single to right field.

From there on out it was a pitcher’s duel as the score remained tied at one until Gonzalez sealed the deal in the bottom of the 10th.

Gonzalez, Covarrubiaz, Dennis, Damien Romo and Michael Adame each had a hit in the game. Arispe collected three of Eldorado’s 16 steals in the game.

The win gave the Eagles a 6-2 record in district play and set up a repeat showdown on Tuesday evening when the Eagles were slated to play the Cougars again, this time in San Angelo.