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Devils baseball takes opener

The sun came out and baseball was played.

It’s not a novel concept. But it is novel here.

Eagle Valley’s boys of summer/spring/sometimes winter got their first swings of the season during a 13-3 thumping of Basalt at Nolan Field in Gypsum.

“Baseball is game meant to be played outside,” Devils skipper Jesse Meryhew said. “We were getting a little crazy inside the gym.”

Hitting off the pitching machine is different than live throwing. Ground balls bounce differently of grass and dirt. And, well, a fly ball isn’t a fly ball indoors.

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The Devils put a two-spot on the board in the bottom of the third with knocks from Wade Ticer and Kyle Williams. Harrison Stevens rapped both of them in.

Eagle Valley blew it open with seven in the fourth, capitalizing on walks and Basalt errors. If you subscribe to “Moneyball,” Joe Rivera III walked once for each of his Roman numerals. Stevens had three hits and Oscar Gallegos had 4 RBI.

On the mound, Garrett Martin pitched the first two innings, followed by three from Slater Sabo and one from Rivera.

“This year, we’ll be a team pitching by committee,” Meryhew said. “It won’t be uncommon to use three or four guys.”

A promising note for the Devils was that they had only one error in their first outing — Basalt had three. That’s always a bugaboo early in the season.

Next week is Montrose week. The Devils head to Montrose Monday to face the Indians. Next weekend, it’s back to Montrose for a tournament there, where they’ll face Alamosa in the opener.

Soccer blanks Delta, 5-0

DELTA — Eagle Valley soccer already has six points in the 4A Slope after a 5-0 win on Saturday at Delta.

Mariel Gutierrez had a hat trick while Jesse Adams and Hana Berge each scored once. Goalie Brennecke Gale had her first shutout.

“Today, we worked on a increasing our speed,” coach Stephen Baxter said. “We focused on some technical stuff and worked out today.”

Saturday was a good task as it was Eagle Valley High School’s first foray on grass and the Devils adjusted to Delta’s tight pitch. That will come in handy come April 7 when they head to Glenwood Springs, always a difficult place to play.

Eagle Valley (2-0) gets its biggest test of the season on Thursday at Steamboat Springs.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, and @cfreud.

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