Perfect start for Devils softball
EAGLE – These girls don’t want to play. They want to win.
The Eagle Valley softball team tasted perfection Thursday by posting a 7-4 win over Durango at the Eagle County Fairgrounds..
A defensively-flawless game on the part of the Lady Devils, the non-league contest may be a telling glimpse into the future of the remainder of their 19-game season.
Struggling with errors last season, the Devils are coming out this fall to make a change for the better.
The Devils displayed their intensity early in the game with impressive fielding, which kept the Demons from scoring until the fourth inning.
The Devils also presented an equally notable offensive lineup.
“My goal for this year is to win district and then go to state,” coach Brad Stiles said. “We want to have more intensity than we did last year.”
Durango, on the other hand, struggled early with fielding and throwing errors, which resulted in additional opportunities for the Devils to increase their already-comfortable lead.
The Eagle Valley seniors played especially well in an attempt to get their final season on the right track.
Eagle Valley’s ace pitcher Sara LyBarger showcased a strong game from the mound, and added some spice to the offensive lineup.
Jessica Jagger, shortstop for the Devils, also played well with some great defensive plays and an amazing double in the fourth inning which resulted in two more runs for the Devils.
Eagle Valley softball continues its search for success in the Blue River Softball Fest in Silverthorne on Sept. 5-6, where teams from Rifle, Platte Canyon, Aspen, St. Mary’s Academy and Summit will also compete.
Jennifer Wagoner is a freelance writer based in Vail.
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