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Eagle Valley baseball sweeps Rifle

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
Daily File PhotoEagle Valley's T.J. Loera connects with a pitch in a game earlier this season. The Devils swept Rifle on Tuesday.

GYPSUM, Colorado ” Cold temperatures did nothing to cool done the Eagle Valley baseball team on Tuesday.

The Devils pounded out 29 hits and 28 runs in a doubleheader sweep against Rifle in Gypsum. The victory improves Eagle Valley’s record to 8-2 and 5-1 in the 4A Slope.

“(The hitting) was up and down the lineup,” Eagle Valley manager Ken Reagan said. “The ball was flying.”

The Devils made quick work of the Bears in the opener with a 12-2 win in five innings. Eagle Valley scored six runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth to close out Rifle.

Robert Padgett, who went 6-for-6 with six RBIs in the two games, notched two hits and three RBI. Cooper Adams added a pair of hits and three RBIs. Jack Barbella had three more hits in the victory for the Devils.

“Robert was pretty hot,” Reagan said. “Jack was another guy who was pretty hot today. Cody (Coulter) did a good job in the leadoff spot.”

The defense also did its part. Padgett pitched four plus innings and recorded seven strikeouts.

The Devils kept rolling in the nightcap. Seven hits and seven runs in the first inning sparked Eagle Valley to a 16-7 win. The game was called in the sixth inning due to darkness.

Padgett, Barbella and T.J. Loera each had four hits. James Van Dyke went 2-for-2 at the plate for the Devils.

Coulter earned the win on the mound with 2 2/3 innings of strong work. Nick Pietrack came threw the final 3 1/3 innings for Eagle Valley, striking out four for the save.

“Today, it was basically Nick’s first time stepping up as a pitcher on the varsity,” Reagan said. “We keep seeing guys get better throughout the year.”

Eagle Valley is back in action today at home against Steamboat Springs at 2 p.m.

Devils play well in loss

Eagle Valley coach Francois Nanin couldn’t have been happier with his soccer team’s performance on Tuesday. Yes, the Devils lost 3-2 to Rifle, but Nanin liked what he saw.

“Since I’ve been coaching this team, this is the best full game we’ve had with intensity,” Nanin said. “We weren’t afraid of mistakes or trying stuff. It’s the best game we’ve ever played.”

Rifle got on the scoreboard first, but Eagle Valley answered. Pearl Nanin beat the defense with a shot from the left side to tie the game at one. Later in the first half, Blanca Gonzalez scored on a penalty kick to keep the score close with the Bears leading 3-2 at the half.

Neither team scored after the break, but Eagle Valley barely missed on a number of opportunities.

“The second half, we controlled three-quarters of the play,” Francois Nanin said. “Overall, the second half, we had many occasions to score. It was a great game to watch even though we lost.”

Francois Nanin singled out Jaclyn Taylor, Sydni Schlegel, Annika Sandberg and Nicole Eisenmann for their play on the defensive end. Megan Cochrane, Dashia Jones and Pearl Nanin helped the Devils control the midfield, Francois Nanin said.

Eagle Valley hosts Steamboat Springs on Thursday.

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

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