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Devils ace Glenwood Springs

Ryan Slabaugh

“The curveball is my go-to pitch. I have confidence in it,” said Stanford, who allowed only one hit and walked four. “I believe in these guys. I know they’re going to get me runs, no matter what.”

With a 2-0 lead, Stanford pitched out of several jams, stranding five baserunners from the second to the fourth inning until the Devils pounded out five runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to end the game.

Junior J.J. Alvis was the spark that fired up the hit parade, singling and scoring in the second as the Devils snuck out to a 2-0 lead. After two more runs in the fourth, Alvis walked, stole two bases and scored on a wild pitch in the fifth as Glenwood Springs refused to go to the bench to give pitcher Brian Raymond relief.

With Alvis on base, seniors Lars Lueders and Tony Davis walked to load the bases. Shortstop Jason Leniger, who doubled and scored in the third, singled a high fastball into center field, driving in two more runs. Leniger eventually scored on a Demons fielding error as the Devils built a 9-0 lead going into the sixth.

Stanford shut down the side in order and in the bottom of the inning, Alvis singled (he was 3-for-3 on the day) and scored on a Davis rope to center field.

“We took what the other team gave us,” Devils manager Robert Ellsworth said. “This was a difficult team. We are learning to do whatever it takes to come out ahead.”

The Demons, meanwhile, never got a runner to third base and had only one get to second and stay there. In the fourth, with a runner on second, Devils senior Jose Meza fired a rocket down to Leniger at second base, who tagged out the runner and ended the threat.

“It’s not a big thing, just a nonconference game,” Glenwood Springs manager Mike Wilde said. “We protected all of our pitchers. It’s a chance to get some kids some work who usually don’t get many innings.”

With the win, the Devils improved to 12-4 overall and stay at 4-1 in the Western Slope Conference. With three games remaining on the schedule, Eagle Valley knows Tuesday’s contest at Basalt is a must-win for momentum and placing in the conference.

The loss moves Glenwood Springs to 6-7 overall.

HOT TOPICS: Eagle Valley stole 12 bases, led by Alvis, who snagged three on his own… Stanford struck out the last batter of every inning except the sixth… The umpires reversed two calls in the game, taking a run away from Eagle Valley’s Micah Bernhardt… Four batters were hit by pitches.

Eagle Valley 14, Olathe 2

OLATHE –Wednesday in Olathe, Eagle Valley used a three-hitter from Zach Cartmill to shut down Western Slope Conference foe Olathe 14-2 in five innings. Senior Micah Bernhardt went 3-for-3 and scored three runs, while senior Nolan Royle went 4-for-4 including a home run.

Jason Leniger added a triple and a single and scored three runs, while J.J. Alvis added two hits as well.

Olathe fell to 10-4 on the season after the loss.


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