Devils softball dominates Cedaredge
EAGLE – It was an argument between siblings where the little sister can’t get a word in.
Perhaps, there wasn’t much to be said.
After taking a commanding lead from the beginning, the Eagle Valley softball team dominated the young Cedaredge Bruins 17-1 after only five innings in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday in Eagle.
The Devils also crushed the Bruins in the second game, 13-2.
“Defensively and offensively, we looked strong. We scored 30 runs and gave up three,” said Eagle Valley coach Brad Stiles. “So, it’s tough to say there was much of anything that went wrong today.”
The less experienced Bruins – only in their third season as a softball program – ran into problems on both offense and defense.
In the first game, the Devils took full advantage of the Bruins’ amateur mistakes.
Eagle Valley only recorded a total of six hits, five of them coming from seniors Brianna Ehlert (two), Suzy Moore (one) and Sarah Wood (two). Moore also had an RBI. The other hit of the game for the Devils came from sophomore Morgan Strakbein in the first inning when Eagle Valley took an early 6-0 lead over the Bruins, who had a 2-0 record prior to the twinbill.
Cedaredge’s lack of defensive power can be attributed to the fact that it was playing without its top starting pitcher Ashley Pacheco. After receiving a concussion earlier in the week – in a game against Basalt – Pacheco was forced to sit these games out. In her place was a new pitcher, Kate Kribbs, who struggled with with her control with a fourth-inning stretch of four walks with bases loaded and a rising score of 15-1 after the third inning.
“It’s hard for them to be playing without their pitcher,” Kindra Stiles said. “It made things a lot more difficult for them.”
Kribbs was relieved by Courtney Wigent in the bottom of the fourth inning, but it didn’t make a difference. After sophomore Amy Strakbein was hit by a pitch with bases loaded, senior pitcher Sara LyBarger chalked up another run to make the final score 17-1.
“Sara pitched a great game,” said Brad Stiles.
Courtney Bodine scored the lone run for the Bruins.
In the second game, Jagger led the Devils with three hits – a single, a double and a triple – and a walk. Strakbein walked three times.
Chelsea Lueders struck out three, and pitched a complete game.
“We weren’t as up as we would have liked to be before the game,” said Brad Stiles. “But, when the game started, our intensity increased, and we did what we should against a weaker team.”
The Devils host Delta Tuesday for a double-header. Game times are 1 and 3 p.m.
Jennifer Wagoner is a freelance writer based in Vail.