Padget, Devils slam Summit, 33-4, in Gypsum
GYPSUM, Colorado ” On Eagle Valley baseball’s Senior Day, a junior upstaged everyone.
Devils junior Robert Padget smashed three home runs as Eagle Valley routed Summit County, 33-4, Friday afternoon in Gypsum.
“I’m pretty sure that just happens in the pros,” said Devils senior Hunter Blevins, who was no slouch at the plate Friday, hitting for the cycle. “I was throwing bullpen. I saw him hit his second, and I was like ‘Wow, he hit another one.’ Then I come over into the dugout, and sit next to Jack (Barbella) and I was thinking, “What if he hits another?’ I didn’t want to say anything. Then he hits another one. Wow. It was ridiculous.”
Padget smacked his first home run to center in the second inning and then hit two over the right-field fence in a 14-run third inning.
“Three home runs, it’s kind of a nice day,” the soft-spoken Padget said. “It’s pretty nice to help get the seniors a win on Senior Day.”
By the way, it’s safe to say that Padget has shaken the struggles at the plate he’s endured for most of the season.
“He’s been struggling all year. We talked about starting over,” Devils manager Ken Reagan said. “He started over at the Battle Mountain game (Tuesday), had two home runs there. He’s just getting it done.”
Everybody in black and red got it done Friday against a winless Summit team, which struggles every spring to cope with the not-so spring-like conditions. With Eagle Valley football coach John Ramunno watching, the Devils scored seven runs each in the first two innings and 14 in the third.
Every starter in Eagle Valley’s lineup had at least two hits and an RBI. Blevins started the afternoon with a double in the first. After a walk in the second, he led off the third with a triple. In his second at-bat that inning, he went yard, leaving him just needing a single, theoretically the most-achievable hit, for the cycle.
“Someone said something and I didn’t want them to say anything,” Blevins said. “I thought they were going to jinx me. It ended up where I got enough at-bats. You get up there and all you want to do is hit a single, and you can end up doing nothing. That’s the worst part.”
Blevins comfortably lined a single to right field in the fourth to do the trick. Blevins and the team’s four other seniors all had nice days. Center-fielder Nick Whitehead went 2-for-4 with four RBI. First-baseman Paul Suther was 2-for-4 and knocked in three. Starting pitcher Dan McKiernan went 3-for-5 and threw three innings with just one unearned run and seven strikeouts.
“I came in with this class when they were sophomores, and most of them were playing on varsity,” Reagan said. “They’ve taken their lumps. This year when the dust cleared, we’re in the playoffs, splitting (doubleheaders) with (teams) like Moffat (County) and Delta, which this program has never done. I’m proud of these guys.”
For Summit, it was a tough day. The Tigers went through five pitchers, but ended up battling for three runs in the fifth inning.
The Tigers do play Battle Mountain, which also got thumped by the Devils, 26-1, earlier this week, Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Eagle-Vail.
“Tough game,” Summit manager Tom Kohler said. “I don’t know what else we can do. We came with a skeleton crew. Hopefully, we can get the W Tuesday.”
Meanwhile the Devils (9-5 in the 4A Slope and 13-5 overall) host Coal Ridge Tuesday at 4 p.m. in a tune-up for the playoffs which begin in a week.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or email@example.com.
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