Following a year of silenced bats because the Jos/Ent baseball team could not field a minimum number of players, the Eagles returned in grand style last Thursday, March 14, with a 9-4 victory over the Heppner Mustangs, in Heppner.

Seniors Blu Risseeuw and Jordan Wulff-Castilleja led the team on the mound and at the plate respectively in a contest where the Eagles doubled the hit total of the Mustangs, 12-6.

The local unit received strong pitching efforts from Risseeuw and left-handed freshman Justin Exon, the latter striking out three of the four batters he faced while shutting the door on Heppner during the seventh and final inning. Risseeuw pitched the first four innings and only allowed one run.

Wulff-Castilleja paced Jos/Ent’s offensive barrage on a windy day by collecting three hits, including a two-run, bases-loaded double.

First baseman Jacob Curtis, another senior, was the big bopper for the Eagles as he slammed a pair of doubles.

Also recording two hits each were Risseeuw, senior center fielder Cody Duquette, and junior catcher Blair Beaudoin.

After Heppner and Jos/Ent played to a 2-2 tie in Thursday’s nightcap, the Eagles managed a doubleheader sweep Saturday, March 16, over the Condon/Wheeler JV squad at Athena.

Jos/Ent pitchers hurled a 1-0 shutout in the first game, and the Eagles won a more free-swinging affair, 11-6, in the nightcap.

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