Saturday’s preps sports wrap
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley softball pulled out a 13-12 extra-time thriller over Cedaredge Saturday morning as part of a 1-2 performance at the team’s home tournament at the Gypsum Sports Complex.
The Devils overcame a 6-2 deficit to those Bruins and forged a 12-12 tie after six innings. (With six teams on hand Saturday, games had a time limit of 1 hour, 45 minutes, and so Eagle Valley was in extra time/extra innings).
Megan Osteen blanked Cedaredge in the top of the seventh. Osteen nearly led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk-off homer, but it went foul. Instead, she advanced to first on a dropped third strike.
Ally Zehring singled and Rylee Ellsworth got hit by a pitch to load the bases. With Kenzie Cooper at the plate, Cedaredge uncorked a wild pitch and Osteen came scampering home with the winning run.
“We may start all our games at 8 a.m.,” managers Rob Ellsworth joked. “Maybe we can all go to night school. Everybody was involved in that. It was a great team win.”
The Devils (2-5) struggled against Delta in a 13-4 loss and then fell to Basalt, 13-3. In the latter game, Eagle Valley came up with a nifty rundown which was scored 1-2-5-1-6-2-5.
Eagle Valley returns to league play Tuesday at 4 p.m. against Delta.
Huskies down Rifle
EDWARDS – Battle Mountain volleyball broke into the win column in 2012 with a 25-11, 23-25, 25-15, 25-18 victory over Rifle Saturday in Edwards.
And it seemed to be Sophomore Day for the Huskies.
Maddie Perkins ran the attack with 50 assists, while fellow sophs Mackenzie Ellison and Emily Clinton knocked down 15 kills each. Lindsey Huttrer, who for some reason is not a sophomore, had a big day with 20 digs.
“Our seniors our stepping up and leading,” said Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald. “Our juniors are playing much more maturely.”
And that’s a good sign for the Huskies (1-1) after taking their lumps last year.
Battle Mountain’s next game is Tuesday against the Vail Mountain at 6 p.m. in Edwards.
Meeker sweeps Saints
MEEKER – Vail Christian volleyball dropped its league opener at Meeker, 25-13, 25-19, 25-23, Saturday afternoon.
Nonetheless, there is no panic in the Saints’ camp. Vail Christian (2-3) is still in the getting-to-know-you process after graduating key players last spring.
“Ultimately, we’ll be just fine,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “Paris (Baker), Kristen (Currey), Gracen (McGuckin), Kierra (Kalekewich) and Kyra (Webb) have all been a part of previous seasons’ teams. We have a ton of talent. We’re just adjusting to new roles.”
The Saints continue their nomadic ways with games at Soroco Thursday and at Rangely Saturday.
VMS sweeps Soroco
EAST VAIL – Burn, baby, burn, disco inferno.
Vail Mountain School volleyball got its groove on on Disco Night, knocking off Soroco in three games, 25-8, 25-12, 25-10, in its season opener Friday night in East Vail.
Not only was it the season opener, and a good one, but it also marked the return of senior Lizzie Bolyard, who missed all of her junior year with ACL and MCL tears in a preseason scrimmage last summer.
“It’s great to have her back,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “We didn’t lose anyone (to graduation) last year, so everyone’s back and it feels like we added a player.”
Garvey said the Gore Rangers were very crisp in dispatching Soroco. The Cardinals had only two three-point rallies. VMS played 10 players without a hitch on the court.
VMS heads to Edwards Tuesday to face Battle Mountain in the first of several Eagle County matchups this season for the Gore Rangers.
“This year, we get to play Battle Mountain twice, Vail Christian twice and we see Summit and Eagle Valley at the Summit tournament at the end of the season,” Garvey said. “The girls play together with each other in club, so it’s a great experience to play against each other. It really says a lot about the coaching in this valley that we’re playing some in-town rivalries.”
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