Devils track and baseball put together solid weekend
Eagle Valley track had the opportunity to sprint, jump, throw and endure with 5A competition Saturday at the Rifle Invitational.
The Devils showed everyone that they’re a force to be reckoned with this season, as the boys took second – 92 points – among 16 teams, and the girls placed fifth – 72.5 – out of 13. Moffat County won among the boys, and Hotchkiss won the girls’ meet.
“With who we were up against, that was a good meet for us. It gave us a chance to go against Fruita Monument and Central High School out of Grand Junction, and I felt we did really well against those schools,” said Devils coach Jeff Shroll. “The depth of these guys is getting to be great.”
The Devils boys changed up their relay teams, substituting Alex Gamble for Brad Gamble in the 800-meter relay, so that Brad Gamble could compete in the (long jump) – he took second place.
Sean Matheson won the 100 and 200, qualifying for state in the 100 with a time of 11.29 seconds. Wes Minett was right behind Matheson in the 200, placing third. Minett also took second in the 400.
“It’s nice to have two guys who are neck-and-neck in the 200,” said Shroll.
Brad Gamble won the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles, setting a new meet record in the 300 hurdles with a 40.06. The Devils boys 400-meter relay team – Matheson, Brad Gamble, Russell Allen and Minett – and the 800 team – Alex Gamble, Allen, Matheson and Minett – both won.
“For the first time ever, having Wes Minett run his open events and place as high as he did. All of a sudden he’s running the second fastest 400 time in the state,” said Shroll. “And, then Alex stepping up to the plate, helping that 4-by-200 team run, essentially, the same time, which freed Brad up to go do another event that he could score a lot of points at.”
For the girls, the relay teams were the ticket. The Devils girls 800 (Chelsea Craig, Jessica Stiles, Miranda Hick and Hattie Higgins), 1600 (Ellie Comerford, Kenzie Shreeve, Hicks and Heather Mann) and 3200 (Jessica Medsker, Shreeve, Stiles and Katie Wick) relay teams each placed third.
Kayla Phillips took third in discus with a personal-best throw of 101 feet, 8 inches, and she placed fifth in the shot put. Mann took fourth in the 400. Medsker took fifth in the mile.
“We scored fifth, seventh and eighth place in the open 800, so there were some good points,” said Shroll. “And then we went two, four and five in the high jump. Kenzie Shreeve was second again in high jump.”
The Devils head to Moffat County on Saturday for the Clinton Wells Invitational in Craig at 8:30 a.m.
Devils baseball splits with Gunnison
It wasn’t just the length of the road trip that made Eagle Valley’s doubleheader in Gunnison on Saturday so intense. The Devils suffered a heartbreaking loss, 15-14, in the first game, but quelled their disappointment in the second game with a 14-3 victory.
In the first game, the Devils took a 14-14 tie into the bottom of the seventh inning, but were unable to extend the game into extra innings.
Devils starting pitcher Kyle Rivera had a rough start to the game, but Brett Klahr came on in the second inning and held the Cowboys to 5 runs over the course of the last five innings.
Eagle Valley took an early, 3-0 lead in the game, but defense and pitching led to a 10 Cowboys runs in the bottom half of the second inning.
“We tied it up, 14-14, in the top of the seventh inning, but they won it in the bottom,” said Devils coach Derek Cordes. “So, it was a heartbreaker because we needed to win both of those. We had six walks and five errors, so pitching and defense kind of struggled.”
The Devils’ offense was strong in the first game, as Keegan Keltner went 1-for-3 with a home run; Klahr was 3-for-4 with a homer and 2 RBIs; Manny Varela went 3-for-4; Charles Faulhaber was 2-for-4 with a homer and 4 RBIs.
“The offense was great. Whenever they score 14 runs, I’m happy,” said Cordes. “But, we couldn’t put it all together in the first game.”
Everisto Jara picked up his fifth win (5-1) in the second game and struck out 15 Cowboys, as the Devils proceeded to win, 14-3.
“He threw a gem,” said Cordes. “He was incredible.”
In a prolific offensive effort, Sean Bartlett went 2-for-2 with an RBI, and Steve Evancho was 3-for-5 with three home runs and 6 RBI.
“Steve had a monster day,” said Cordes.
Klahr was 2-for-3 with a grand slam; Nathaniel Gallegos went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs; Andy Johnson was 2-for-4 with an RBI; Faulhaber was 2-for-3.
“The guys responded great in the second game. They went out and played defense, the pitching was great and the bats stayed hot,” said Cordes. “We scored 14 in both games, which is awesome. We just put the pitching and defense together in the second game.”
The Devils’ overall record is 9-5, and their conference record is 7-3.
“We’re battling for second place,” said Cordes. “Olathe swept Hotchkiss, so they’ve won the division at 12-2. We have three losses, Hotchkiss has three losses, and they have two games left, while we have two. We’re definitely wanting to win them all because the higher you’re seeded in the postseason, the better you do.”
The Devils host Glenwood Springs on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Andrew Harley can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext.610, or at email@example.com.