Middle Park jams Eagle Valley, 9-0
GRANBY ” When the Eagle Valley softball team got a glimpse of Middle Park pitcher Whitney Young before Tuesday’s game, the Devils didn’t like what they saw.
“The girls were so nervous when they saw her pitching in warmups,” said Eagle Valley coach Bill Beasley. “They were psyched out already.”
Young shut out the Devils while allowing one hit and four base runners in Middle Park’s 9-0 win. The 3A Panthers put some early runs on the board and had a 6-0 lead over the 2A Devils by the fourth inning.
“We didn’t play that badly,” Beasley said. “They hit the ball well, and we didn’t. We’ll chalk that game up as an experience.”
Amy Thompson was the only Eagle Valley player to register a hit. Young gave up three walks.
“We had a few foul balls, and our girls were making contact, but Young throws hard,” Beasley said.
Starting on the mound for Eagle Valley was Elana Hernandez, who also threw some heat. The only problem was that the Panthers were used to the pitch speed.
“They have been hitting off their pitcher forever,” Beasley said. “They are a really good ball club. They’ll make some noise in 3A.”
Hernandez pitched four innings and was replaced by Narcissa Huffman.
“Narcy came in there and shut them down,” Beasley said. “If I was thinking earlier, I would have brought her in because Middle Park couldn’t hit the slower stuff.”
Beasley thought his team did OK fielding, considering how early it is in the season.
“We have a few errors and a couple of dropped fly balls, but nothing too costly,” Beasley said.
The Devils, who have several players nursing injuries, hope to work on hitting before next weekend’s tournament in Douglas County.
“Out hitting is a little bit behind,” Beasley said. “We’ll turn up the pitching machine today.”
Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@
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