Late preps: Huskies lax downs Grand Junction
EDWARDS – Battle Mountain boys lacrosse is ready as it ever will be.
The Huskies took care of Grand Junction in short and good order by a count of 15-4 Tuesday night and heads to Steamboat Springs Friday for a Mountain Conference showdown.
“The biggest thing is our defense,” Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said. “If we can keep their offense slightly off their game, we’ve got a legitimate chance of winning. Their offense is very strong. They’re well-coached They’re disciplined, and they have great sticks. That’s a hard combination.”
But pounding a good Grand Junction team will help a team’s confidence. Timmy Licciardi have five goals, Reeve Sanders four; Cooper Perkins three; Addison Baker two and Jesse Greve one. (No word on whether Greve got a partridge and a pear tree.)
Ten of these goals were assisted and that made Nichols a happy man.
“Offensively, we were moving it.” Nichols said. “That’s a solid example of team defense, even if the usual names are scoring. The bottom line was that we worked hard on ground balls and our defensive sliding kept them off their game.”
Christian Nichols, Chris Libertini and Licciardi each had three assists, and Carl Hamrick got a helper as a defenseman.
Devils thump Summit
GYPSUM – The line continues to move for Eagle Valley baseball.
No one needs to be Albert Pujols – just hit and keep the momentum going.
And thus the Devils pounded Summit, 9-4, Tuesday in soon-to-be conference action – the Tigers join the Slope next year.
Juan Baca was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Tanner Coulter and Travis Edgar both knocked in two runs each. Dylan Trudeau went all seven innings for the compete game, striking out five.
Eagle Valley (6-1-1) hosts Palisade April 12 in doubleheader.
Huskies baseball falls
PAONIA – The toughest out is always the last one in baseball.
The Battle Mountain baseball team found that out the hard way Tuesday in the first game of a twin bill in Paonia. Up 6-2 in the eighth – extra innings in high school baseball – the Huskies couldn’t close the door in a 7-6 loss. Battle Mountain also dropped the nightcap, 5-1.
“I thought we played our cleanest game of the year until we had two outs in the eighth,” Huskies manager Jose Meza said.
Battle Mountain hosts Steamboat Saturday.
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