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Huskies drop Palisade, 1-0

PALISADE, Colorado ” Battle Mountain’s Lizzie Seibert may never come home again.

The junior midfielder scored in the 44th minute Saturday to lift Battle Mountain soccer to a 1-0 win at Palisade. That’s four goals in as many road games for lucky No. 13, and the Huskies are at Moffat County Monday, so watch out.

Senior Kayla Telles made a great run up the right side and made the perfect cross over to Seibert. While it’s been a rough week for the Huskies with losses at Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs, this was one the Huskies had to have.

“It puts us back in the conference mix with a bit of confidence,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “This was a big game today. Palisade lost to Steamboat, 2-0, and Montrose, 1-0. Palisade’s a quality team and they were trying to get into the playoffs for the first time with their seniors.”

Battle Mountain (7-5, 6-2) turned back the Bulldogs despite some adversity. Junior Josie Tuthill is out for the year with a torn ACL, and center-back Maddie LyBarger was serving a red-card suspension from the Glenwood game on Thursday.

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That meant some tinkering, bringing Erin Barker back from the midfield for her first defensive start.

“Erin was sensational,” Cope said. “She was a little out of position, but she fit in great, playing along with Syd (Idzakowski) and Maddie (Stevens).”

Moira Laughlin recorded her first shutout in net, preserving it with a parrying save over the bar late in the second half.

After the game, the team returned to Edwards to attend a memorial service for Chuck Harrison, the father of current Battle Mountain soccer player Katie, and alumna, Christina.

The Huskies are at Moffat County Monday, finishing their five-game road trip. Wednesday, the team is hosting a fundraiser at E-town from 6-10 p.m. Please tip generously.

Huskies baseball comes close

RIFLE, Colorado ” As Battle Mountain manager Jason Spannagel aptly put it, “We just ran out at-bats.”

Huskies baseball came oh-so close to its first Slope win in ages, losing to Steamboat Springs, 7-6, in eight innings in Rifle.

With snow forcing the Huskies and Sailors west and south, respectively, the Huskies made themselves at home with a 2-0 lead, thanks to a two-run double by freshman Chris Duran.

The Sailors took a 5-3 lead, but the Huskies, the visiting team, started their comeback in the top of the sixth. Mason Babcock singled in Chris Schmidt, who started the frame with a base hit.

In the top of the seventh, Battle Mountain was down to its last out, but Jon Simpson came through with a clutch two-run knock. The Huskies took the lead on an RBI double by Babcock.

Though Steamboat Springs did tie the game in its half of the seventh, the Huskies have definitely found themselves a pitcher in Duran. Saturday was Duran’s second seven-inning outing this week.

The Sailors put runners on first and second, and got a single up the middle in the bottom of the eighth. Center-fielder Cameron Brown came up with a strong throw, but Steamboat won the game on a bang-bang play at the plate.

“I told the kids after the game that this was the best game we’ve played in my three years here, including some games we’ve won,” Spannagel said. “We played really well and just didn’t come out on the right end.”

The Huskies lost the nightcap of the twinbill, 10-0.

Battle Mountain hosts Eagle Valley Tuesday at 4 p.m. And yes, the Huskies are scheduled to be at home in Eagle-Vail for the Devils.

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