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GYPSUM — This is why Major League teams have about 30 spring training games.
Even the best need to work out the kinks.
After a 12-10 victory over Paonia on Thursday in which Eagle Valley baseball committed six errors, the Devils played much more cleanly on Saturday, with only one fielding miscue, in a 17-0 shelling of Coal Ridge in Gypsum.
Indoors vs Outside
“It was just early in the season. We hadn’t been outside much,” Devils skipper Jesse Meryhew said. “There’s a big difference with taking balls off the gym floor than off a grass infield.”
Pitcher Wade Ticer took advantage of the Devils improved defense, scattering three hits and just three walks during four innings. He also helped himself at the plate with a 4-for-4 day with three RBIs. Harrison Stevens jacked a two-run home run as Eagle Valley (2-0) erupted for five runs in the second inning and put up a six-spot in the third.
Keeping it Simple
“We have a lot of good hitters,” Meryhew said. “We’re focused on keeping it simple. We just want to put it play, play a bunch of small ball and force them to make the plays on you.”
For the statistically inclined, Ticer also had three runs knocked in against Paonia. Eagle Valley starters are also 2-0. Travis Edgar went four innings against Paonia, and only one of the nine runs he allowed was earned.
Eagle Valley heads west for a tournament in Delta and Montrose this week. The Devils face Bear Creek and Paonia on Friday in Delta and play at Montrose on Saturday.
“We should get outside next week,” Meryhew said. “According to the weather forecast, we should get three or four days, and that will be good for us.”
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