Battle Mountain soccer wins 4A Slope title
And Devils baseball sweeps Rifle
RIFLE —Battle Mountain soccer beating Rifle isn’t exactly breaking news.
The Huskies did the perfunctory, 10-0. But Saturday’s win clinched Battle Mountain’s eighth girls’ soccer Western Slope title in the history of the program and back-to-back crowns.
Order the sweatshirts, folks.
“It’s awesome,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “I think it’s been really neat seeing this group come together defensively. Another theme is how everyone is selfless. They’re happy to play their role for the team.”
Because it was Rifle, we give Claire Krueger at striker. She had a goal. You can’t stop Claire Krueger. You can only hope to contain her. She swapped positions with Audrey Teague, who went to center back after a hat trick. Goalie Wilder Isom also had an assist.
Battle Mountain (12-1 overall and 10-0 in the 4A Western Slope) is at Summit County on Tuesday. Naturally, the forecast is for snow.
The Huskies’ league titles, by the way apparently come in pairs — Battle Mountain has topped the table in 2007, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019.
Devils baseball sweeps Rifle
GYPSUM — Lee Bullock walked it off with a double to left field as Eagle Valley baseball finished a good day, sweeping Rifle, 11-3 and 14-13.
The Devils were down, 13-11, heading into the bottom of the seventh of the nightcap. They found a way to get on base via a single a walk and two hit batsmen, setting up Bullock’s heroics.
In the opener, Garrett Flaagan twirled a gem, going all seven innings in just 98 pitches. None of Rifle’s runs were earned and Flaagan scattered just six hits, didn’t walk anyone and had seven strikeouts.
He also made a convincing argument against the designated hitter with a 3-for-4 day at the plate with three RBI.
Eagle Valley (9-5 overall and 4-4 in the 4A Slope) hosts Glenwood Springs on Monday.
Huskies girls lax wins
EDWARDS — Since Battle Mountain girls lacrosse coach likes to use NFL analogies, the Huskies are going 2000 Baltimore Ravens.
Baltimore coach Brian Billick banned his team from using the P-word — it rhymes with layoffs — and, well, the Ravens won the Super Bowl with defense.
Battle Mountain girls lacrosse won with defense on Saturday, knocking off Durango, 6-4, to move to 8-4 and perhaps into contention for berth in a tournament that is played after the regular season. (Don’t say that word.)
Payton Conley got the start in goal and had a shutout for nearly the entire first half. Senior defender Eleanor Sheahan aided the cause and was a stalwart defensively. Katie Kessenich and Alex Lange were big part of the offense as the Huskies continued their surge toward an unspecified goal.
Battle Mountain is at Fairview on Tuesday.
Saints soccer wins at Rangely
RANGELY — Vail Christian soccer won without their “Hans and Franz,” defeating Rangely, 3-1, on Friday.
Coach Barbara Wilson has jokingly referred to Gretchen Pavelich and Julia Petrick, the team’s center midfielders, as Hans and Franz and then had to explain the “Saturday Night Live” skit to the team, none of whom were alive when Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon did their routine.
But without Petrik (concussion) and Pavelich (broken arm), the Saints needed some one to pump them up. And that was Caitlin Bishop. She manned the midfield and had a goal in the Vail Christian’s 3-1 win over the Panthers.
Cate Maslan and Maslan to Zoe Barela gave the Saints’ a 2-0 halftime lead. Bishop scored a second-half goal, which has been a point of emphasis for the team.
Sydney Ellsworth got the win in net and assistant coach Rob Wilson survived his first trip to Rangely.
Vail Christian (5-4 overall and 2-2 in the 2A Western Slope) is at Front Range Christian on Tuesday.
Eagle Valley boys lax bounces back
DENVER — Eagle Valley boys lacrosse had its way with John F. Kennedy, beating the Commanders, 18-0, on Saturday.
While the margin of victory was nice, the bigger issue is that the Devils moved to 7-6. Entering Saturday’s game, the team was No. 18 in the rating-percentage index with 16 teams qualifying for the state playoffs.
Eagle Valley is at Glenwood Springs on Friday.
Gore Rangers lax routs Glenwood
EAST VAIL — That’s how a Senior Day should go.
Vail Mountain School lacrosse tattooed Glenwood Spring, 13-4 at Bandoni Alumni Field on Thursday.
“It feels good to have a win and have a special day for our seniors,” VMS coach Bobby Ecker said. “They all stepped up and we had a consistent game and everyone played hard all the way through.”
Shane Cole and Henry Hancock each had four goals, while Becker Dienst had two. Connor Provencher, Burke Fancher and Drew Bolster also found the back of the net.
Your 2019 seniors for VMS lacrosse are Cole, Tim Herwig, Ian Hardenbergh, Bobby Bolyard, Garrett Sampson and Fancher.
VMS (4-9) is at the Dawson School on Tuesday.
Huskies baseball wins
CARBONDALE — Battle Moutnain baseball is back at .500 after pounding Roaring Fork, 14-4, on Thursday in Carbondale.
David Reilly went all five innings as the Huskies 10-runned the Rams. Battle Mountain’s defense shined with a 6-4-3, Elijah Morales to Tanner Roberts to Jack Oberley, double play.
The Huskies (8-8) are at Eagle Valley on Friday for a pair of games.
Devils girls lacrosse falls
GYPSUM — Eagle Valley girls lacrosse dropped another close one, dropping a 13-10 decision to Durango on Friday.
Olivia Fedrizzi scored six times, while Sophia Rinn, Carley Beckum and Hannah Medina were also on the scoresheet. Eagle Valley (1-9) hosts Montrose on Monday.