Eagle Valley loses in first round of playoffs
GYPSUM, Colorado – Eagle Valley was leading through three innings in its first-round playoff baseball game but couldn’t pull off the upset Monday.
The 25th-ranked Devils fell to No. 8 Silver Creek, 14-4, after leading 4-3 through four innings.
“When you can go in there and compete with those guys and be up 4-3 going into four innings, that’s huge in itself,” said Eagle Valley coach Ken Reagan.
Starting pitcher Jack Barbella and the Eagle Valley defense held Silver Creek to three runs through three innings, but then things fell apart for the Devils.
“We just had a couple of mental mistakes, and they really put the ball in play,” Reagan said.
Eagle Valley finishes the season with a 13-7 record.
Top performers for the Devils on Monday included Patrick Knabel, who led off the game with a double off the top of the fence. The Devils scored two runs that inning, on a single by James Van Dyke and a sacrifice fly by Nick Pietrack.
Eagle Valley’s Seth Williamson hit a home run in the fourth inning.
Reagan said the season was a huge success, especially considering that this year’s squad only had two returning starters.
“This was way above anything I could have hoped for,” Reagan said.
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