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Huskies’ nine wins first league game

Chris Freud

If you believe in the laws of transitivity, it didn’t look good for Battle Mountain baseball Tuesday.

Moffat County had sweept Battle Mountain. Steamboat Springs had beaten Moffat. Tuesday, Steamboat hosted Battle Mountain.

The Huskies threw those laws of transitivity out the window by beating the host Sailors, 6-3. It was Battle Mountain’s first 4A Slope win of the season and a much needed tonic after losing a pair of doubleheaders to Moffat and Palisade in the last week.

“They were hanging their heads,” Huskies skipper Jim Gannon said. “The morale was low. We really needed (a win). They performed in all facets of the game. It was a real solid win. I was really proud of the way they came back. They could have dug a hole and crawled into it after those four games.”

Instead, the Huskies sent out Jose Morales to the mound and he was dealing against the Sailors. Morales fanned nine, walked just one and gave up only seven hits in running his record to 2-0.

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The Huskies offense responded in kind, putting up a three spot in the second inning courtesy of RBI hits by Nick Libertini, Phil Van Buren and Mitch Hendrix. In the third, it Christian Nagel who knocked in a run with a single, and in the fourth, Ivan Orduno did the honors with a double.

Jimmy Feeney added the final offense with a double. He stole third, and in the process, forced a bad throw which sent him home.

Battle Mountain, 1-4 in the 4A Slope and 4-4 overall, hosts Glenwood Springs today at 4 p.m. in Eagle-Vail.

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