Devils drop a pair to Sailors
GYPSUM – As the old adage goes, the line between winning and losing is very thin.Eagle Valley baseball coach Derek Cordes believes his young team is on the verge of crossing that line to the winning side.The Devils were swept Tuesday in a doubleheader with Steamboat Springs. The Sailors won, 4-2, in the first game then stormed back from a 5-0 deficit in the fourth inning of the second game to win, 10-6.Cordes saw positive things in both contests, but said his team needs to cut down on its errors if it is going to turn things around.”It’s a young team,” he said. “It’s not the jump to 4A. We could be in 3A or 2A and we’d still be going through the same thing. We’re hurting ourselves with errors and we’re not thinking. We’ve played with teams like Steamboat in the past. It’s just that we’re young and we’re going through some growing pains.”
One of the bright spots for the Devils Tuesday was the pitching of senior ace Kyle Rivera in the first game. Rivera pitched the full seven innings in the loss, holding the Sailors to just four runs. The Sailors scored two in the fourth to take the lead, then padded their lead with another run to open the fifth. The Devils cut the lead to two in the bottom half of the fifth when junior Joe Felix batted senior Andy Johnson home. In the bottom of the sixth, junior Chris Harvey knocked in another run when he scored sophomore Bear Barkman. The Devils were still in good position for a late scoring rally after Rivera gave up one last run in the top of the seventh, but were unable to score any runs.”Kyle threw a strong seven innings,” Cordes said. “He was real impressive.”The Devils were impressive themselves to start the second game. Devils pitcher Owen Stanford was cruising on the mound as the Devils built a 5-0 lead through four innings.
Steamboat Springs, home team in the second game, finally figured out Stanford in the bottom frame of the fourth, though.The Sailors got hot at the plate at the same time the Devils got cold in the field and exploited a number of fielding errors to the tune of eight runs scored.Hunter Blevin followed Stanford, and then Johnson took over in the fifth. Sophomore Alex Dorothy finished out the loss on the mound.”We’re going turn the corner and get better any second now,” Cordes said. “We’re about to turn the corner and start winning. We just need to play a complete game. Before that eight-run inning, we were in control.”The Devils get another shot for a win Saturday when they head to Rifle for another double dip. The first game is set for an 11 a.m. start.
Staff Writer Nate Peterson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado