Devils drop opener
Vail, CO Colorado
GYPSUM ” Too bad they don’t play eight innings.
The Eagle Valley softball squad rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday against Montrose in Gypsum, but came up one run short, falling, 5-4.
With only one week of practice under their belts, the Devils showed a bit of rust to
start the game. Montrose loaded the bases with one out.
“We had a bit of a sketchy first inning,” Eagle Valley coach Bill Beasley said. “They only scored one run.”
Elana Hernandez, coming off a successful junior season, went the distance for the Devils on the mound.
“She did very well,” Beasley said.
Catching for Hernandez was Jeanette Baker, who was solid behind the plate last year for Eagle Valley.
“You can’t say enough about her,” Beasley said.
Although the Devils only managed one run in the first six innings, Beasley thought his team batted well.
“We hit the ball, but a lot of times right at (Montrose),” he said. “They were a good defensive team.
In the third, sixth and seventh innings, the Devils loaded the bases, but failed to score any of the base runners.
“We just couldn’t come up with a big hit,” Beasley said.
The Devils, trailing 5-1 in the final inning, did managed to score three runs before loading the bases.
Despite the stranded runners, Beasley was happy that a lot of hitters used their speed to get on base.
“That’s our key,” Beasley said. “We have four girls who are pretty fast and that will help us out a lot.”
Shortstop Rachel Landin was one of several Devils to play well in the field.
“She didn’t know she was (playing shortstop) until three minutes before the game,” Beasley said.
The Devils started four sophomores and rotated other underclassmen in with the core group of returning starters from last year’s squad.
Friday, the Devils host Middle Park at 4:30 p.m. in Gypsum.
Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.