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Eagle Valley explodes for 19 runs to beat Huskies

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
EVBB T.J Loera DT 4-21-09

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” Even after circling the bases for 19 runs on Tuesday, the Eagle Valley baseball team ran foul poles.

When you’re hitting the ball as well as the Devils, you don’t want to mess with the routine. In the last two days, Eagle Valley’s torched the competition for 36 runs in a pair of victories.

It was Battle Mountain’s turn to face the hitting barrage on Tuesday in Eagle-Vail. The Devils (14-5, 10-4) pounded the Huskies for 19 hits in a 19-1 win in Battle Mountain’s belated home opener.

“Everyone is hitting the ball well,” Eagle Valley manager Ken Reagan said. “Everyone was going up the middle ” line-drive swings.

“Everyone is seeing the ball well right now.”

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That was evident in the top of the first inning. Cody Coulter walked to start the frame, then Eagle Valley laced five hits before the Huskies recorded an out. Robert Padgett delivered the big blow to Battle Mountain with a towering, three-run homer to right field to knock in T.J. Loera and Jack Barbella.

Padgett led Eagle Valley with five RBIs.

“(The pitch) was right down the middle,” Padgett said about his blast. “It was right where I like it. I made a good swing on it and it went.”

Before the end of the first, the Devils tallied five runs and five hits off Huskies starter Dustin Martin.

The power display continued in the third. Eagle Valley’s Larry Cavanaugh ripped a single to left to start the rally. Coulter, Loera and Barbella followed with three-straight doubles to score runs.

Coulter was a menace to Battle Mountain all game. The senior went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored five runs.

“There are days when you tip your cap to the other team for being a good-hitting team,” Battle Mountain skipper Jason Spannagel said. “They hit the ball well.”

Eagle Valley chased Martin after three innings and 11 runs. Chris Schmidt relieved Martin, but the Devils’ bats stayed hot. In the fifth inning, Nick Pietrack went deep to left-center field to plate Aaron Hakes and Cooper Adams and make the score 19-1.

Loera, Padgett and Seth Williamson all notched three hits for Eagle Valley. Barbella, Adams and Hakes added two hits in the win.

“We’ve really been working on our hitting,” Reagan said. “We’re really concentrating on it because that’s going to be big going into the playoffs.”

Missed opportunities

The final score could have been much closer if not for a number of missed opportunities by Battle Mountain. Three times the Huskies put runners in scoring position with less than two outs only to come away empty handed.

In the second, Jon Simpson smacked a double down the left-field line to give Battle Mountain runners on second and third with no outs. Padgett struck out the next three batters on a mix of fastballs and curveballs to end the threat.

“We wasted a couple of runners in scoring position,” Spannagel said. “That’s one thing we talked about ” having productive outs. Whether it’s a ground ball or a fly ball, you have to have productive outs (to get runners in).”

Battle Mountain let scoring chances slip away in the next two innings, as well. In the fourth, Mike Jones hit into a 5-4-3 double play with runners on first and third.

Simpson produced the Huskies’ lone run on a home run to right.

“Jon’s only in his second year ever playing baseball,” Spannagel said. “Last year, we threw him out in right field and he took ownership of it. Now, it’s hard to get him out of the lineup.”

Playoff time

The win over Battle Mountain marks the end of the regular season for Eagle Valley. The Devils finished 10-4 in the 4A Slope ” good enough for second place. Reagan thinks Eagle Valley could be seeded anywhere from low-20s to mid-teens when the playoff brackets are announced.

Battle Mountain still has a handful of games left in its season. On Friday, the Huskies host Lake County.

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

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