Huskies, Devils baseball finish season with DH splits
CRAIG – Now that would have been a way to exit the stage.
Senior Joe Webb carried a no-hitter into fifth inning Tuesday. If he could record three outs without a knock and then Huskies could score three runs in the fifth, he’d get the no-no.
“We wanted it for him so bad,” Huskies manager Jason Spannagel said.
And while no one said anything because that’s baseball taboo, just as the skipper was thinking about it, the Sailors got their only hit. Webb ended up with a one-hitter as Joe LyBarger hit a walk-off three-run homer for 10-0 win in a doubleheader split with Steamboat. The Huskies lost the first game, 9-6.
With the win, Battle Mountain finished at 6-13 for the season, yet another step for a previously-moribund program.
“Leaps and bounds,” Spannagel said. “It’s been a good year. We’ve been in all of our games. It’s been nice to see the kids have a chance to play in competitive games and see them learn to win games with the small things.”
In Battle Mountain’s season-ending win, the Huskies went big with the long ball. Eric Weiss hit a three-run shot in the first. Davey Honda left the yard with a two-run bomb and then LyBarger finished it.
That was the final appearance in Huskies’ black and gold for seniors Mike Jones, Trevor Robbins and Webb, all of whom have played for four years.
“They’ve been great,” Spannagel said. “There were here in the really rough times, but the three of them stuck it out and worked hard. I know most people wouldn’t say that a 6-13 record is a success, but we’re all pleasantly surprised.”
Devils split at Glenwood
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Even though it wasn’t the season they had wanted, Eagle Valley baseball’s seniors are a special bunch to manager Ryan Triece.
James Van Dyke, Weston Blevins, Austin Fahrenholtz, Stuart Rasmussen, Brandon Hudspeth, Peter Cirkovic and Taylor Sanchez all played their last games with the Devils Tuesday in doubleheader split with Eagle Valley beating Glenwood Springs, 16-6, and then falling in the nightcap, 9-6.
“It was a unique group for me,” said Triece, the Devils’ first-year skipper. “This is my fourth year coaching at Eagle Valley, and the first class I’ve seen go through the school. I kind of coached them in every sport – football, basketball and baseball – and moved up with them as they moved up. I’ll always have that bond with these guys.”
Eagle Valley trailed, 6-2, in the first game before the bats got rolling, highlighted by a two-run homer by Van Dyke. Blevins went five innings for the win.
In the second game, Fahrenholtz went out with a bang. He hit the first home run of his career in his final game with the Devils.
Eagle Valley finished the season 7-12.
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