The Eldorado Eagles baseball season ended Friday, May 10th on rain-slicked Cardinal Field in Hermleigh where the Warbrids lost two straight games to the Stamford Bulldogs 17-0 and 23-7.

The lopsided scores came as the Eagles pitchers struggled on the mound, allowing the Bulldog batters to take advantage.

The weather also caused problems. The first game was delayed by more than a half hour as a thunderstorm swept across the area. And, intermittent rains pelted the field throughout the game, always at times that were least favorable to the Warbirds.

Stamford 17 – Eldorado 0

Hermleigh’s immaculate field, no doubt paid for by the wind turbines that populate the nearby fields, featured artificial field turf. The surface might be great for playing in dry weather, but on a rainy afternoon it turned slippery. So slippery, in fact, that Eric Reyes, the Eagles first base runner, appeared to have easily stolen second base in the top of the first inning, only to slide head first over and beyond the base. That allowed Stamford’s short stop, who didn’t get the throw from the catcher until Reyes was already sliding over the base, to tag him out before he could scurry back to the bag.

Stamford scored two runs in the first inning, another five in the second inning and eight runs in the third. They added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth stanza making it 17-0 after four.

And, that’s where the score stood as the umpire called a rain delay for about a half hour.

The Eagles were at bat in the top of the fifth, but went scoreless, allowing the game to end under the UIL’s 15-run rule.

Stamford 23 – Eldorado 7

Game two followed 30 minutes after the end of the first game and the trend was much the same.

The Bulldogs took a nine run lead in the top of the first, before Eldorado even came to bat.

The Eagles managed a three run rally when Eric Reyes reached base on a lead off single. He advanced to second when Kaden Gonzalez walked and went to third on an error. He then stole home to give the Eagles their first run of the series. Cesar Garcia tripled to bring Gonzalez home then scored on a Korbin Convarrubiaz ground out to first.

The Eagles managed a run in the each of the next four innings, but Bulldogs offense was relentless, scoring four in the second, four in the third and six in the fourth. The game ended under the 15-run rule after five innings of play with a score of 23-7.

The Eagles were 9-14 in the regular season but managed a 7-3 run in district play to finish third in District 5-2A.

The Eagles were coached this year by William Robledo and Jared Romine. The team placed seven players on the 2019 5-2A All-District Team.

The Eagles’ prospects look good for 2020 as only one player will graduate this year.