More preps from Tuesday night: Devils and VMS volleyball win
SILT — Make it five in a row for Eagle Valley volleyball after the Devils won at Coal Ridge, 25-18, 25-16, 25-21, on Tuesday night.
After an 0-4 start against a stiff schedule, life just looks sunnier for the Devils who are above .500 at 5-4.
Carlee Morrison topped the Devils with 14 kills. Miss Morrison was hitting at .632 average, which is sizzling. Kylee Martin was also doing her thing with eight kills. Becy Glutova and Devon Green combined for 24 digs.
The Devils return to league play tonight when they head up to Steamboat Springs in a matchup of the last two unbeatens in the 4A Slope. After that, the Devils are home for Palisade on Saturday.
“This win will help us with regard to the postseason,” Devils coach Lindsey Myers said of beating Coal Ridge. “And it was a good morale boost as we lost to Coal Ridge last year and it hurt us in the postseason (rankings). Everyone on the team is contributing and the team is ready for the next two games, which will both be extremely tough.”
VMS tames Tigers again
Twice is nice.
The Vail Mountain School beat Hayden for the second time in four days. After sweeping the Tigers on Saturday in East Vail, the Gore Rangers won in four up in Hayden, 25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 25-21.
“We did a great job of overcoming the mental obstacle of a long car ride and played very well,” VMS coach Whitney Armistead said.
VMS moved to 2-3 in the Gore League with the win and 3-3 overall. The Gore Rangers are home tonight for a nonconference tilt with Rangely.
Devils softball falls to Longhorns
Progress is slow, but it is coming along for Eagle Valley softball.
The Devils fell at Basalt, 11-8, on Tuesday, but there were lots of highlights.
Both Caroline Paxson and Cody Osteen turned unassisted double plays against the Longhorns. Regan Bossow rapped out two doubles, while Brooklyn Vargas also nabbed a two-bagger. Freshman Savanna Vasquez pitched the entire way and helped her own cause with a double of her own.
What’s more, within the season, the Devils (2-6-1) are making progress against their opponents. Earlier this month, Gunnison took it to Eagle Valley in a lopsided doubleheader sweep. The two teams met again over the weekend down at a tournament in Delta and it was a 13-13 tie. (For the uninitiated, regular-season tournaments have time limits, hence a tie in softball.)
“The girls are swinging the bats well,” Devils manager Carrie Rodgers said. “They struggle with the losses, but they haven’t given up. They are moving forward.”
The Devils return to league play, where they are 1-1, today at the Gypsum Sports Complex to face Palisade. It’s a twinbill of sorts as the two teams will be making up their suspended contest from earlier this month. The Devils lead Palisade, 3-2, in the bottom of the sixth. The two teams’ regularly-scheduled game will go off right after the suspended game is concluded. First pitch in the sixth inning starts at 4 p.m.
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