Devils take one for the road against Huskies
GYPSUM – Root, root, root for the visiting team.Battle Mountain, hoping to host Eagle Valley Tuesday in the teams’ second matchup this season, was again on the road.Soggy field conditions in Eagle-Vail moved the game to Gypsum, where the Huskies played from the visitors’ bench, but took to the field first.Eagle Valley used spread-out scoring and consistent pitching to beat Battle Mountain 11-2.The Devils’ Jack Siebert went five innings, striking out six and allowing one run on five hits.”He’s a freshman and did a good job,” said Devils’ skipper Ken Reagan. “He hits his spots.”Siebert got it done at the plate as well, going 2-for-5, while teammate Herman Hogue hit a two-run homer in the fourth.”We spread it out, hit around a bit and put some of our subs in,” Reagan said. “Overall, we did a good job.”Battle Mountain stayed in the game early, thanks to the good pitching of Daniel Rascon.”He threw very well,” said Battle Mountain coach Jason Spannagel. “We had some opportunities to score, but couldn’t.”Nick Whitehead came in for the Devils to pitch the final two innings, giving up three hits and striking out one.Chris Schmidt had an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh for the Huskies.Eagle Valley’s defense played well for most of the game, backing up Siebert and Whitehead.”Fielding wise, we had two errors, but did pretty well,” Reagan said.Doing it rightSpannagel was happy with what he saw from his young team, compared to how they had played earlier in the season.”We did some little things that we’ve been working on in practice,” he said. “Things like handling first and third situations, holding runners and backing up bases, where before we didn’t do it or know to do it. It was nice to see that.”Mitch Hendrix reached base a few times for the Huskies, as did Cameron Brown, while Jeremy Windham scored on a passed ball.”The kids are doing things that will keep them in the game. Some of the execution is lacking, but at least they know what to do,” Spannagel said.Battle Mountain, which fell to 0-14 in the 3A Western Slope, hosts Lake County Thursday.Eagle Valley won its third game in a row to improve to 6-7 in league. The Devils head to Moffat County for a twinbill Saturday. Reagan will send Hunter Blevins and Dan McKiernan to the mound.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or email@example.com.