Olathe beats Eagle Valley, 15-5
GYPSUM – If only Eagle Valley baseball could have solved Billy Harrison a bit earlier. The Olathe pitcher shut down the Devils for the first five innings of his team’s 15-5 win Thursdays in Gypsum.”He was throwing the ball hard,” said Eagle Valley skipper Ralph Carlson. “And, he’d throw in that occasional curve in there to keep the guys off balance.”Harrison had 10 strikeouts for the seventh-ranked 3A Pirates, including three to retire the side in the fourth inning.”That’s as good of an outing as he’s had all year,” said Olathe manager Joe Archuleta.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Devils spoiled Harrison’s shutout bid, and then batted around for good measure to cut the 15-0 deficit to 15-5.”I was impressed with that late-inning rally,” Carlson said. “We were down and guys got excited and started hitting.”The Devils’ Bear Barkman and Nick Whitehead had back-to-back RBI doubles early in the inning, while Craig Wilmers knocked home two runs on a single and Cody Comerford drove in another runner on a single to right field.Going yardOlathe got just about all the offense it needed from first baseman Kyle Pietaky. In the first inning, Pietaky sent a two-run shot over the fence, followed by a sacrifice RBI in the third, a two-run double in the fourth and a run in the sixth.
The Pirates used long rallies in the fourth and sixth innings to break away from the Devils.”We were swinging our bats well,” Archuleta said. “We hit some guys in when we had base runners. And we executed some bunts.”After the Pirates’ Nate Hunt started out the third with a single to left, the next two batters both reached safely on bunts. On the second bunt, Olathe’s Jake Perkins rolled the ball down the third base line as Eagle Valley fielders waited for the ball to curve into foul territory.With the bases loaded and no outs, the Devils’ Alex Dorothy used clutch pitching to escape allowing only one run. After Dorothy got Pietaky to fly out to left, he struck out Harrison and got Chris Boyd to ground out.Dorothy went three innings, recording three strikeouts and allowing two earned runs.”Alex was doing well, but we pulled him because we needed to get Hunter (Blevins) innings, too.”
Blevins went two innings, and was then replaced by Kevin Mansfield. Cody Comerford finished out the sixth for the Devils.Tuesday Eagle Valley hosts Steamboat Springs for a twinbill, starting at 3 p.m.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado