Battle Mountain baseball sweeps past Moffat County
Huskies baseball gets into win column
EAGLE — Battle Mountain baseball is back in the win column.
After an 0-for-2018 campaign, the Huskies swept Tuesday’s doubleheader against Moffat County, 17-2 and 13-10, at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.
It’s not been an easy “spring training” here in the High Country, and the elk spend more time on the Battle Mountain diamond than the Huskies. (We’re not joking on that count.)
So the Huskies were a merry band after taking two from the Bulldogs.
“It feels good to get these first two wins with the new coaching staff,” Battle Mountain skipper Paul Gallagher said. “We’re impressed with the talent on this team and the work ethic. The team chemistry is there, which is huge.”
The bats are certainly working. That’s a good sign because as much time as the team spends hitting in the cage, live pitching is a different matter.
Eric Biggs and Dalton Patterson both left the yard in the lidlifter. When he wasn’t on the mound, Thatcher May also scored three runs.
Toeing the rubber, Thatcher went four-plus innings and Garrett Anderson mopped up nicely. The Huskies coaching staff is watching pitch count, not only for CHSAA purposes, but because it’s early in the season.
In Game 2, David Reilly’s pitching line may not have been a thing of beauty, but he soaked up five innings for the win. While everyone hopes for pretty box score, Reilly did great job of keeping his team in the game, which is how a team wins on the Western Slope.
The Goldberg family did some serious damage at the plate in the nightcap as Traver had a multi-hit game, while Spencer finished with three hits and three runs.
Understandably, Battle Mountain had some hiccups defensively and missed signs. That comes with not being outside and getting much needed repetition in practice and during games. Hopefully, for the Huskies, the snow melts and the elk will leave the outfield in Edwards for its intended baseball purpose.
Battle Mountain (2-1) heads to Rifle for warmer weather and a round-robin tournament this weekend. The Huskies face Grand Valley on Friday and Coal Ridge and Rifle on Saturday.
D’Evelyn takes down Huskies soccer
DENVER — This is why coaches fear spring break.
You enter on a roll, then everything stops, and you restart with the No. 6-ranked team in the state. No. 6 D’Evelyn handed No. 7-ranked Battle Mountain its first loss of the season by a count of 4-1 on Tuesday night.
“We played pretty well with them,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “We were toe-to-toe with them during the first half.”
D’Evelyn capitalized on restarts and blew open a 1-0 game during the second half. Restarts are the sort of things that get rusty with a break.
“Those are things that need to be drilled so we put that on the coaches,” Cope said.
What did please Cope is that the Huskies kept battling to the end and got a goal from Kate Mitchell with the assist going to Brogan Murray.
Battle Mountain (4-1) has its final nonconference game on Thursday at the Vail Mountain School. Cope called it “ambitious scheduling.” What he did not say is that VMS has beaten the Huskies two years running in the renewal of this rivalry, a fact that has surely not escaped the notice of his squad.
Grand Valley tops Saints
EDWARDS — Vail Christian soccer jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but couldn’t hold it in a 4-2 loss to Grand Valley on Tuesday afternoon.
While coach Barbara Wilson second-guessed herself about her strategy and said she would have handled things differently, if given the chance, the Saints came out of spring break and scored two goals, something upon which to build.
Zoey Barela wove through the Cardinals’ defense for a 1-0 lead. Then Gretchen Pavelich went far post in the 18th minute.
There is potential in the Saints’ camp and, with a regular flow of practices and games, it should come along fine for Vail Christian.
Another promising sign was the play of Pavelich and Julia Petrik in the middle.
“They did a great job of organizing and dictating play in the middle,” Wilson said. “We really passed well and were doing a good job of using the outside.”
The other thing to remember is for Vail Christian (1-2) this was not a league game. Grand Valley is 3A, while the Saints play in the new 2A Slope with Rangely and the Colorado Rocky Mountain School.
Speaking of Rangely, the Panthers come to town on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Freedom Park in Edwards.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.