Eagle Valley High School was well represented in Colorado’s Western Slope All League selections for the 2014 4A team.
The all league squad is selected by the league’s head coaches. EVHS Coach Jesse Meryhew’s Devils landed five players — two first team and three second team selections
The two first team selections are senior tri-captain Travis Edgar and junior Harrison Stevens. Edgar led the Devils on the mound as well as at the plate. While on the mound he threw 45 innings, yielding 31 hits, walking 21 and striking out 63. For the season, he held his opponents to a .200 batting average, a .307 on base percentage while posting a 2.25 earned run average.
Offensively Edgar led all Devils with a scorching league batting average of .524. He had a whopping on base percentage of .667. Edgar hit seven doubles, two home runs and was second on the team with 17 runs batted in. Edgar will continue his baseball career at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. this fall.
Stevens, a speedy junior outfielder, had a league batting average of .383. He collected 18 hits and nine walks and scored a team high of 21 runs. He also stole nine bases. For the season he hit three doubles and collected a home run against non-league opponent Coal Ridge.
Second team honorable mention was lead by senior tri- captain Cody Byrnes. For the league Byrnes hit .408 and had 20 hits which included five doubles and two triples. He led the team in RBI’s for the league season with 18. Cody also stole nine bases. Defensively the centerfielder played an area that the coaches described “as the place fly balls went to die.”
Slater Sabo was next on the list. The junior second baseman was second on the team in batting average for the league season hitting .442. His 19 hits included two doubles and a home run. He scored 14 runs while driving in seven. Sabo provided the glove at second as well, handling 26 of 31 chances.
Wade Ticer closed out the Devil’s second team all league selections. The steady handed junior first baseman, who battled a mid season appendicitis surgery, had a league batting average of .375. The left hand hitting Ticer had 12 hits in 12 league games, drove in eight runners and scored eight.
At the Devils season ending awards banquet the team players voted Sabo, Ticer and Ethan Ellsworth as tri-captains to lead Coach Meryhew’s 2015 squad.