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Eagle Valley pounds Durango for 14 runs

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado

DURANGO, Colorado ” The Eagle Valley softball team piled up impressive statistics on Friday, but there was only one that truly mattered. The Devils beat Durango 14-4 for their first win of the season.

Eagle Valley wasted little time in taking the lead. The Devils scored three runs in both the second and third innings to jump out to a 6-1 advantage. They were hardly done.

In the fifth, Eagle Valley put another three runs on the board for a 9-1 lead. The Devils tallied four more runs in the sixth. The 14 runs came on 22 hits.

“Out of 22 hits, there were probably 18 of them were on slap (hits),” Eagle Valley coach Bill Beasley said. “Once we get a couple of girls with speed on there, we bring up our bigger girls and swing away. It seems to be working well.”

In their first game of the season, the Devils notched 14 singles, but they couldn’t get the big hit in a 7-4 loss. That changed on Friday.

Elise Byron went 5-for-5 at the dish. Kayla Gagnon and Rachel Landin each added four hits. Gagnon also plated three RBI.

Emily Kingston kept the hit parade going with another three hits and two RBI.

With the ample run support, pitcher Narci Huffman took care of the rest. The senior pitched all seven innings and fanned seven batters.

“Narci pitched very well today, and the team backed her up,” Beasley said. “She shut them down.”

The Eagle Valley defense pulled its weight on Friday, as well, committing only one error. In the 7-4 loss to Montrose on Tuesday, four errors proved too much to overcome.

“Our defense did well today,” Beasley said. “We played really well after a seven hour bus trip.”

Eagle Valley (1-1) finishes its road trip today at Cortez.

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

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