Devils softball trumps Aspen |

Devils softball trumps Aspen

Ryan Slabaugh

Eagle Valley softball, trailing 8-6, rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to hold on for a 9-8 win over Aspen in the Devils’ conference opener Tuesday.

“Yeah. We’re happy to get the win,” Devils coach Brad Stiles said. “We felt like we could have played better. But we won the first league game, that’s what’s important.”

The Devils had already staged a comeback in the first inning, after Jessica Jagger’s three-run homer put the Devils in front 3-2. But Aspen grabbed the lead back and looked to have the game won, until the Skiers’ mistakes collided with a Devilish rally.

Eagle Valley’s Paula Bajza reached base on an error to start the sixth, and got to third on a wild pitch. Sara LyBarger walked and stole second. A rally, it seemed was on hand.

Another wild pitch allowed Bajza to score, cutting the lead to win. When Amy Strakbein hit an RBI ground ball, Lybarger’s run tied the score.

Jagger, who hit three home runs last Saturday in the doubleheader sweep of Middle Park, came up big again. Jagger reached base on a fielders choice and moved to second. The Devils then got what they wanted. Kayla Phillips delivered the clutch two-out single to score Jagger and put the Devils back on top.

Lybarger also pitched a perfect seventh for the win.

“She came on strong in the seventh,” Stiles said. “When we needed three outs, she came in and got them.”

Saturday, the Devils (3-5 overall, 1-0 in league) beat Middle Park 6-5 and 21-10 for their first wins of the season. Eagle Valley opened their schedule against a slew of 5A schools at the Boulder County Invite.

The tough competition, Stiles said, is paying off.

“I think it helped us to go down and see some of the best,” he said. “THere wasn’t anybody down there that we couldn’t play with.”

The Devils’ scheduled game against Summit High School Saturday has been cancelled. Eagle Valley travels to Delta Tuesday for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

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left in the game after two goals by John King and Cory Gilmer won a one-on-one with the Aspen goalkeeper. Matt Hogoboom broke the 3 – 3 tie with a strong shot from 25 yards out in the 72nd minute to seal the win.

Eagle Valley (2-5) travels to Colorado Rocky Mountain School Saturday for an 11 a.m. start.

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