Devils softball aims high for postseason |

Devils softball aims high for postseason

Ryan Slabaugh

Eagle Valley softball’s district matchup has been moved from Saturday to Friday at 3 p.m. at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

The Devils, who finished a perfect 4-0 in the 3A Western Slope League, will take on the winner of the Aspen/Gunnison game at 1 p.m., also at the fairgrounds.

Eagle Valley has beaten Aspen and Gunnison twice this season, including a come-from-behind win over the Cowboys to seal a conference championships.

“I probably would rather face Gunnison,” said junior pitcher Sara LyBarger. “I think it’s better to face the better team. Both teams have people who can hit the ball. But we know we’ll face somebody tough if we win.”

If history proves true again this year, the winner of the Western Slope district will face one of the top teams from 3A state.

“I’m sure we’ll be facing whoever’s No. 1 after this weekend,” said coach Brad Stiles.

The Devils will be looking for their A game, meaning tough defense and clutch hits.

“When everybody’s talking, we’re pretty much on,” senior first baseman Cathryn Reynolds said. “We’re working on our infield and knowing where to go with plays. We can’t make as many errors as we have in the past.”

Volleyball wants recovery win

GYPSUM –After a frustrating three-set loss to Aspen Tuesday, Eagle Valley went back to the basics Wednesday in practice.

The Devils, who fell 15-9, 12-15, 7-15 to the Skiers, have won each of the matches following their four losses this season. Eagle Valley coach Karl Talcott hopes the concentration on passing will get his team back to normal for Friday’s home match against Gunnison.

“They’ve responded very well to this before and we hope we can again,” Talcott said. “They’re still very hungry to get the league title. We’ll cross our fingers and hope Hotchkiss helps us out.”

Aspen and Eagle Valley are tied for tops among the 3A Western Slope League at 4-1, meaning the Devils must have the Skiers lose to somebody, maybe Hotchkiss Saturday, to clinch the league.

Sophomore Kenzie Shreeve led the team with six kills Tuesday. Aspen’s previous loss came to Cedaredge, who the Devils beat in straight sets.

The Devils game Friday will start at 5:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., Eagle Valley football will try to go 7-0 on the season against Gunnison. The Cowboys lost last week 42-13 to Roaring Fork, while the Devils beat Basalt 57-0.

Saturday, Eagle Valley volleyball travels to Meeker for a nonconference match starting at 3 p.m. The soccer team hopes to clinch a playoff spot with a win over Roaring Fork Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

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