GYPSUM - Eagle Valley softball made it two wins in three outings with a 16-2 win Tuesday afternoon at Grand Valley.
This was on the heels of a doubleheader split Saturday with Montezuma-Cortez, in which the Devils pounded out a 14-12 victory over the Panthers.
"From this weekend to today, we've really started playing as a team," Devils manager Rob Ellsworth said. "We don't let things get us down. We keep our spirits going. I'm so proud of them that they are picking each other up. It's like a family."
And it was a happy family in Parachute as Megan Osteen fanned 10 Cardinals in five innings. Offensively, no Devils struck out, which is a really nice way of keeping the line moving.
Rylee Ellsworth was 4-for-4. Ally Zehring scored four runs, and Cody and Megan Osteen, as well as Jessica Long, Hannah Laisure, Ellsworth, Kenzie Cooper and Ashlyn Henderson all crossed the plate.
The Devils (4-8) hit the road Friday for a game at Colorado Mesa against Palisade at 7 p.m., followed by Montrose on Saturday.
EDWARDS - Battle Mountain soccer is off to its best start since 2005 after a 9-3 win against Rifle in Edwards Tuesday moved the Huskies to 6-0.
Joe LyBarger had a big night three goals and two assists. Alex Trujillo and Umberti Ricci each scored twice. Alex Robles and Gunnar Wilson also scored. Chris Shea had a big role as well with three assists.
Battle Mountain was playing with some injuries in back. Will Nolan (flu) and Erick Brionnes (hamstring) did not play. Huskies coach David Cope moved Roberto Diaz back to center back, and the defense was solid with goalie Christian Espinoza and his paltry 0.37 goals-against-average.
The Huskies head down to Gypsum Thursday for Eagle Valley at 6 p.m. at Hot Stuff Stadium.
"It always catches the kids' attention," Cope said. "A lot of these kids play together in club, so it's a fun game."
Devils fall to Summit
FARMER'S KORNER - Eagle Valley continued to be competitive against some of the best teams in the 4A Slope in a 4-1 loss at Summit County Tuesday.
The Devils (2-4) led the Tigers, 1-0, on a goal by David Ortiz before the Tigers rallied.
"It was 2-1, and we were looking to tie it," Eagle Valley coach Bratzo Horruitiner said. "We went for it. We were looking for the win. I'm proud of the kids."
Eagle Valley hosts Battle Mountain Thursday at 6 p.m.
Sailors beat Devils
GYPSUM - Eagle Valley volleyball dropped its home opener Tuesday, bowing to Steamboat Springs in four games.
The Devils (0-3) are at Summit County Thursday.
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