Palisade shuts out Eagle Valley, 7-0 |

Palisade shuts out Eagle Valley, 7-0

EVSB Narci Huffman PU 9-16-08

GYPSUM, Colorado ” A charitable Eagle Valley softball team gave Palisade seven runs, while Bulldogs pitcher Emily Crow refused to issue handouts.

Behind Crow’s solid performance on the mound, Palisade shut out the Devils, 7-0, Tuesday afternoon in Gypsum.

Only a freshman, Crow’s talent far outweighed her lack of experience. She allowed only three Eagle Valley hits, none of which got out of the infield. Crow went the distance in the pitcher’s circle, striking out four batters and walking none.

“The last two weeks, she has really matured as a freshman,” Palisade coach John Vanlandingham said. “She’s bearing down, and throwing strikes. She is putting the ball right there and making them hit it.”

The only real trouble Crow faced came in the bottom of the third inning. Eagle Valley’s Alexis Ellsworth led off the frame with a bunt single. Emily Kingston followed with a swinging bunt of her own, but Ellsworth was caught trying to advance to third base on the hit. It was just one of many blunders committed by the Devils on Thursday.

Unlike the stellar defense that backed Crow all game, Eagle Valley pitcher Narci Huffman didn’t get much help. All seven runs she allowed were unearned. The Devils made three errors in the game, but also missed a number of other opportunities for outs.

“I was afraid as we were warming up that we weren’t ready for the game,” Eagle Valley coach Bill Beasley said. “I tried to get them to run a little bit, get their minds in it. Nothing worked today. We weren’t ready to play.”

Palisade scored its first run of the game in the top of third when Kendra Barnes tripled to left-center field to knock in Hannah Tredway. Barnes made it 2-0 on a wild pitch by Huffman.

The Bulldogs continued to add runs in the fifth. Tiffany Wells hit a sharp single to left to plate Tredway. Shelby Hanson followed Wells with a bloop single to center to score another two runs, pushing the Palisade advantage to 6-0.

The Bulldogs tacked on a seventh run in the sixth inning on a Barnes single. Barnes led Palisade at the plate with three hits and two RBI. Breonna Poundstone also had three hits in the win. Hanson added two hits and one RBI.

Huffman took the loss for Eagle Valley, but she pitched better than the score indicated. The senior threw all seven innings, striking out seven.

“I thought Narci pitched fantastic,” Beasley said. “You can only do so much. She threw strikes. She had one walk, one hit batter. That’s a pretty good game.”

Ellsworth went 2-for-2 at the plate for Eagle Valley. Kingston had the Devils only other hit in the game.

“We hit the ball, we just hit it right at them,” Beasley said. “We made them look good.”

The young Eagle Valley squad needs to rebound quickly if it hopes to make the playoffs. The Devils have only four games remaining, and likely need to win out to advance, Beasley said. Eagle Valley travels to Delta on Saturday.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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