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Eagle-Vail: Garth, Honda named honorable-mention for Huskies

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
Daily file photoBattle Mountain's Davey Honda gets ready to hit a pitch against Eagle Valley in a game earlier this season. Honda was named 4A Slope honorable-mention.

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado “-The Battle Mountain baseball team is building for the future and letting its players learn from experience.

Take catcher, Davey Honda, for example. Only a freshman, Honda was responsible for handling the Huskies’ pitching staff and calling pitches. That’s quite a load for a young backstop.

The strategy is working. While Battle Mountain didn’t win as many games as it would have liked, the Huskies showed improvement.

Guy Garth and Honda were both named to the 4A Slope honorable-mention squad for their play this season.

“When I first started, I was unsure how the season would go,” Honda said. “I’ve played catcher all my life. I fit right in right after my first game.”

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Battle Mountain scored a victory against Lake County, but the rest of the year didn’t go as planned for the Huskies. It’s good news then that two of their most talented players will be back in uniform next season.

Honda’s play behind home plate should only continue to improve.

“I like the command and control I have over the team and knowing everything that’s going on,” Honda said.

An unaffliated team representing Battle Mountain will play legion ball this summer. Next spring, the Huskies hope to get on their home field before mid-April and score a handful more wins.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or ismith@vaildaily.com.

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