Eagles (8-0) win East Tournament; pizza for all

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East Athletic Director Eric Robinson taking a picture of me taking picture of pizza and camaraderie after the East/Waterloo game. (My picture at end.) 4/21/17

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Wednesday, April 19th

As we’ve been following the East Eagles all season, the story lines have been similar: the players who are undefeated, the fans who cheer in the drizzle and the wind and this lousy April weather we’re enduring. (SEE PREVIOUS GAMES AT END.)

And this week was more of the same. The championship game of the East Tournament, Waterloo v. East, was supposed to be played Wednesday. Then Thursday. Finally, after heroic grounds keeping work by East staff and players, at 4pm they played, the game finishing up as yet more drizzle descended.scoreboard

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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 4/22/17

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East Athletic Director Eric Robinson provided trophies and pizza.

Yesterday, East won again. And there were the same diehards on a chilly Friday afternoon on the last day of spring break.  The Waterloo team also brought some huddled diehards of their own.  For the Waterloo fans, it’s about a 45 minute drive, but they are happy to come as they have now for several years.  The Waterloo coaches appreciate the spring break tournament as the team can’t afford to travel south.

And this trip was extra worth it as East Athletic Director Eric Robinson treated everyone to pizza. In some ways, the real story of the game took place on tables set up next to the East trophy cases near the gymnasium.  There, country boys and city boys bonded over pizza and a love of baseball, enjoying the camaraderie in which the final score wasn’t that important.  See you next year, Waterloo Indians.

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From the press box

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East fans

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East fans

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Waterloo fans

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Post game, pre-pizza handshakes

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Post game, pre-pizza huddle

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The picture I took while A.D. Eric Robinson was taking his picture of me taking mine. (AT TOP)

OTHER  2017 GAMES

No longer undefeated, East bounces back nicely

East beats Lyons to stay unbeaten; Crandall retrieves balls and sweeps home plate

Bundled up loyalists at Cobb’s Hill watch East stay undefeated.

Joel Alicea throws second straight no-hitter; three generations celebrate at East

Excitement grows on Culver Road as East wins third straight. Bishop Kearney is next.

Following a historic season, East baseball opens with back-to-back no hitters.