Paonia takes two from Eagle Valley
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley found out quickly in Thursday’s twinbill why Paonia is the second-best baseball squad in the state in class 2A.In the first inning of the opener, the Eagles took advantage of several errors by the Devils to score four runs en route to a 15-2 win.”Our guy lost the ball in the sun, followed by an error and a walk, and then they got things going,” said Eagle Valley skipper Ralph Carlson.
And in the nighcap, it was deja vu for the Devils, who committed several errors in the first inning to give the Eagles a 5-0 lead. Eagle Valley would put together a rally of its own in the bottom of the second to take a 10-7 lead, but Paonia fought back to win, 15-11.”They hit the ball well, and we made errors in both games,” Carlson said. The Devils sent Bear Barkman and Cody Comerford to the mound in the lid lifter. Neither pitcher got too much help from their fielders, who misplayed several balls.Kenny Slaughter knocked home a run in the second and Hunter Blevins scored in the fifth for the Devils, whose dormant bats got moving in the second game.Hitting around
Trailing 7-0 in the bottom of the second, the Devils showed the Eagles they weren’t ready to roll over.Joe Felix started the inning with a single, followed by a Barkman double. Slaughter and Blevins each singled, and Kevin Mansfield reached base after being hit by a pitch. Paonia walked the next two batters and committed an error before Tim Peters smacked a double, Felix singled and Barkman hit his second double of the inning.”We were hitting the ball well and got walks. We got hot,” Carlson said. “Their pitcher looked like he ran out of gas or he wasn’t normally a pitcher.”Paul Suther took the mound for the Devils, and got a lot of work in the first few innings. Slaughter replaced Suther and finished the game.”Kenny hasn’t really had any live work this season, but he threw really well,” Carlson said.
Both teams came off doubleheaders Tuesday, and also have a set of games scheduled Saturday.”It’s tough going out there having three doubleheaders in one week,” Carlson said.Eagle Valley hosts Palisade Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. Alex Dorothy and Blevins are slated to take to the hill, with Zach Coe likely to see some time in relief.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado