Devils sweep Aspen in league battle
Stanford punched out six in three innings and recorded the victory in the opener, while Bartlett fanned a pair over the final two innings. Baldwin, meanwhile, had complete command in the second game with 12 strikeouts while holding the Skiers to one hit.
“(Zach) pitched really, really well,” Eagle Valley coach Robert Ellsworth said. “He hadn’t had his best outings the previous couple of games, but (Saturday) he did extremely well. He was throwing hard, with a really good curveball and slider.”
The Devils got offensive production from up and down the lineup in the opener. Micah Bernhardt and Nolan Royle each batted 3-for-3 with three and four runs scored, respectively. Justin Wood went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double and three runs scored. Stanford went 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored, and Jason Leniger hit a home run and scored two runs.
Bernhardt, Leniger, Tony Davis and Craig Jagger each scored in the second game for the Devils, who improved to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the Western Slope Conference.
“We’re coming together,” Ellsworth said. “We’re pitching well, hitting the ball and manufacturing other runs with bunts. We’re playing smart ball and hope that will continue.”
Eagle Valley has just six more games remaining in the regular season, including three more league games. The Devils play three games this week, beginning with today’s non-league home matchup with Class 4A Western Slope power Rifle at 4 p.m.
“We just want that to help us prepare for the playoffs. Any time you can play a quality team like Rifle, that’s better for us,” Ellsworth said. “We know it’s going to be a good game, but that’s what we want. We want to work on what we need to work on and what we need to do. We need to think about what we – Eagle Valley – need to execute.”
Eagle Valley travels to Grand Junction’s Canyon View field to battle Olathe on Wednesday before hosting Glenwood Springs Thursday.