Devils go 2-1 at Paonia
PAONIA – To quote ESPN’s Dan Patrick – the whiff.Eagle Valley’s Dan McKiernan would have kept Patrick very busy in the Devils’ 13-3 win Friday against Roaring Fork in Paonia. The junior rang up 16 strikeouts in a seven-inning compete game effort as Eagle Valley smacked the Rams, 13-3.”He was just throwing strikes,” Devils manager Ken Reagan said. “He has a really good curve ball. He’s a lefty also, so that helps him a bit. He was just around the plate. He just fired off strikes.” Eagle Valley finished the weekend with a 2-1 record in the preseason tournament in the North Fork Valley with a 2-1 mark, upping their record on the young season to 3-1.”We have a pretty good team,” Regan said. “We still have things we are working on. Our baserunning was good at times. We also lacked a little in experience on the basepaths Other than that, our hitting improved every game, which is what we’re looking for in the preseason tournament.”After a 5-2 loss to Paonia, a traditional 2A power, the Devils got the bats out against Roaring Fork to support McKiernan on the mound. Nick Whitehead pounded (3-for-3) and Bear Barkman (2-for-4) both pounded out three RBI. Hunter Blevins was 2-for-4, kocking in two runs.Eagle Valley exploded for 10 runs in the first inning against Hotchkiss on the way to an easy 19-5 win. Whitehead and Alex Dorthy both left the park as a part of a 21-hit barrage. Dorthy, McKiernan, Whitehead and Ryan McClintock went a combined 11-for 17 with 14 RBI in the onslaught. Dorthy and Paul Suther combined for five solid innings on the mound.That capped a solid pitching effort all weekend for Eagle Valley.”When you talk about high school pitching, you always talk about ‘No walks,'” Regan said. “We did that job through this weekend. We gave ourselves a chance to put the ball in play and make plays. We just happened to be a little ahead of the teams we played.”The Devils have two weeks off to get more outdoor pracice in before they head to Delta March 31 for a twinbill against the Panthers.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.