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Devils edged by Lewis-Palmer in first round

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado ” It was the dream scenario in the first round of the District 5 Baseball Tournament in Colorado Springs. It just happened to the wrong team.

Eagle Valley carried a 6-5 lead into the last of the seventh, only to see Lewis Palmer rally for two runs including the game winner with two outs for a 7-6 win Saturday.

“This year, we had a pretty strong team,” Devils manager Ken Reagan said. “I thought we could have made the district final. That’s as close as you can get. It came down to an out or a hit. They got the hit.”

In the end, Eagle Valley’s defense was its undoing. The Devils committed five errors, and only two of the Rangers’ seven runs were earned.

On the positive side of the ledger, the Devils’ bats suffered no ill effects of a nearly two week layoff. Senior Cody Coulter’s first home run of the season gave the Eagle Valley the lead in the third inning. Later in the frame, Robert Padget touched them all with a three-run tater.

In a game-time decision, Jack Barbella got the start and he pitched superbly until being forced from the mound after he took a line drive right back up the middle in the calf in the fifth inning.

T.J. Loera relived him and also had a fine day at the play, going 3-for-4.

Eagle Valley finishes the season with a 14-6 record. Saturday’s game was the last for seniors Coulter, Padgett, Cooper Adams and Aaron Hakes.

“All of them did an outstanding job,” Reagan said. “They really stepped up for us.”

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.