Eagle Valley off to a big league start
EAGLE – If Eagle Valley softball’s doubleheader against Montrose Saturday can serve as a blueprint for the season, the Devils are already towering.The team won its first game, 17-7, and followed through, 9-4, in the second.”I don’t know if I could say we were completely dominating, but we were hitting the ball well,” said Eagle Valley coach Brad Stilles. “They were pretty confident going into the second game.”Summit County transplant Caitlan Schmidt pitched the first victory and Chelsy Lueders the second. Schmidt had seven strikeouts and Lueders had five and only two walks.Amy Strakbein dominated field play with some quick outs to first base from third.In the first game, Kayla Phillips and Whitney Beasly both hit 2-for-4 and Emily LyBarger hit 4-for-5.”It wasn’t as fast as we expected,” Stilles said. “In the first game, their starting pitcher only lasted two-and-a-half innings, then they switched.”Schmidt and Shannon Buhler, another Summit player, hit 3-for-4 in the second game. Stilles didn’t know how to paint his expectations going into his team’s first two games in the 4A league, but he can’t complain about how things are shaping up so far.”We still don’t know what to expect,” he said. “But Montrose beat Rifle Thursday and we played really well against Montrose, so hopefully that will be an indicator. I feel good after today.”Eagle Valley’s next game is against Durango Thursday at 6 p.m. at home.