Eureka College Baseball

Tom Batters
Tim Cashdollar

The Eureka College baseball team was 9-24 heading into yesterday’s final two games, but that is not how coach Craig Gerdes will remember this season.

Gerdes said his three seniors — Tim Cashdollar, Alex Hess and Aaron Tolson, will be remembered for their service to the Red Devil program.

When they are gone next year, they will be missed, and not just for what they do on the field, Gerdes said.

“They are leaders. They are great examples to our younger kids. All three of them play the game the right way, and they are good kids off the field,” Gerdes said at Senior Day over the weekend. “We will all miss them next year.”

Gerdes called Tolson the “unsung hero” of the three.

“Aaron got the job done day in and day out. He was a very steady player who did a lot of good things for us,” he said. “If I needed him to get a bunt down, he did it. And, he played very well at second base.”

Gerdes called Cashdollar, a .389 hitter who scored a team-high 27 runs, “irreplaceable at first base.”

“He dug out so many balls in the dirt, and stopped the other team from getting a big inning,” Gerdes said. “We’ll certainly miss his hitting, too. He was a big hitter in the middle of our lineup.”

Hess led the team with  eight home runs and 26 RBIs, but Gerdes said his defense behind the plate stands out.

“He blocked a lot of balls, and his arm was a big advantage for us,” Gerdes said. “He kept other teams from trying to steal bases. He also worked very well with our young pitchers.”

Hess hit a solo home run in a 13-1 loss to Westminster Sunday. The Red Devils split a doubleheader with Westminster Saturday.