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Eagle Valley falls to Montezuma-Cortez 12-2

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado

CORTEZ, Colorado ” One day after pounding Durango for 14 runs and 22 hits, the Eagle Valley softball team struggled in a 12-2 loss to Montezuma-Cortez on Saturday.

“Cortez is pretty well loaded,” Eagle Valley coach Bill Beasley said. “They have eight seniors ” this is their year to shine.”

Eagle Valley trailed 2-1 heading into the third inning when Cortez took control of the game. The Panthers chased Devils starting pitcher Narci Huffman after three innings. Amanda Morgan pitched the next two innings, but she couldn’t slow down Montezuma-Cortez, who ended the game in five innings.

“We had quite a few errors today, I’m sure that didn’t help at all,” Beasley said. “We didn’t play real well. We didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. It happens.”

On Friday against Durango, Eagle Valley’s slap-hitting approach worked to perfection. The Devils piled up 14 runs and 22 hits. Unfortunately for Eagle Valley, it couldn’t get its offense going on Saturday.

Kara Platt and Kayla Gagnon each plated a run for Eagle Valley, but it wasn’t enough.

“Offensively, we didn’t swing real well today,” Beasley said.

Eagle Valley will have plenty of opportunities to make up for Saturday’s loss. Next weekend, the Devils travel to Douglas County for a tournament. Eagle Valley is guaranteed at least five game against some of the top 4A teams in the state.

“One thing about girls is they forget really easily,” Beasley said. “After 15 minutes on the bus, it’ll be all chatter.”

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

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