Devils get first league win
DELTA – Eagle Valley baseball opened its Slope slate by splitting a doubleheader Saturday at Delta, winning the opener, 5-4, before losing the nightcap, 15-5.”It was huge,” Eagle Valley manager Ken Reagan said. “I told the guys that you need to play it one game at a time, and they took the first game. Unfortunately, the second game didn’t go so well. We got a great pitching performance from Hunter (in the first game). That was huge.”That would be correct. Blevins went the distance, scattering just four hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. Only two of his four charged runs were earned. And for good measure, he helped himself at the plate with four RBI.Ryan McClintock and Dan McKiernan both went 2-for-4 at the plate as well.In the second game, Eagle Valley’s defense had a severe malfunction with eight errors. Despite the lack of help in the field, McKiernan pitched four solid innings, allowing seven runs, only three of which were earned.Eagle Valley, 1-1 in the Slope and 3-2 overall, hosts Battle Mountain Tuesday at 4 p.m.VMS tennis splitsDELTA – The little school can complete just fine, think you.Vail Mountain School tennis, by size, is a 2A team. But with 4A being the smallest classification in the sport, the Gore Rangers are in with the big fish and more than holding their own. VMS dropped a tight 4-3 loss to Delta Saturday, but rebounded with a convincing 6-1 drubbing of Cedaredge. VMS is 4-1 in the 4A Western Slope and its only other loss happens to be to Steamboat Springs’ 5A squad.”To have a 4-2 record right now is pretty awesome,” VMS coach Hillary McSpadden said. “Even though they had a tough match against (5A) Steamboat (Tuesday), it’s preparing the for future matches. Delta was really close. I think that our doubles teams are really improving over the last few matches because doubles take a lot of strategy. They’ve advanced tremendously.”Cedaredge learned that the hard way. In doubles, the Bruins could only muster a win against Lizzy Gerken and Brigitta Gell, both call-ups from JV because VMS is on spring break. The Gore Rangers’ depth was further on display in No. 1 doubles where newcomer Cynthia Edgerton, fresh from JV, teamed up with Berry Dwyer for a win.Sophie and Claire Sunderland picked up a point at No. 3 doubles and Adi Slifer and Jenna Vandeventer did the honors in fourth doubles.VMS swept the singles matches against Cedaredge. Shannen McNamara, Stephanie Miletich and Sarah Logan all put up wins in the rout.Against Delta, VMS acquitted itself well. McNamara and Miletich triumphed in singles and the Sunderland sisters won at No. 3 doubles. In three of the Gore Rangers’ four losses against the Panthers, they forced a third set.Next up for VMS is a nonconference match at Evergreen Friday. Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.