Saturday’s preps wrap
EDWARDS – It took nearly three years, but Battle Mountain baseball finally got some home games Saturday.
And the Huskies christened their diamond with a win in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader against Moffat County. The visiting Bulldogs won the opener, 16-3; the Huskies retaliated in Game 2, 20-1.
“It was great,” Huskies skipper Jose Meza said. “They were excited. I think they had butterflies in the first game because there were so many people watching them, family and friends. It was a lot of fun for all of us.”
The school has been in Edwards since the fall of 2009, but the weather has not cooperated, so Huskies’ home games have been moved back to the old campus in Eagle-Vail or elsewhere.
With a new yard comes firsts, and the most important one was that the Huskies beat Moffat County for the first time since moving up to Class 4A in 2000. The scary thing is that Battle Mountain nearly had its first no-no in Edwards.
The Huskies’ Riley Robbins threw 4 2/3 innings of hitless baseball before surrendering a hit in Game 2. Clinging to a 20-1 lead, Robbins was one out away under the 10-run rule. Battle Mountain’s Chris Duran was the first to go yard with a homer in the first game.
In the win, Jonathan Ruacho got moved to the leadoff spot, and responded well with 3-for-4 performance with four runs scored. Duran knocked in three runs in the nightcap and Robbins helped his own cause with three hits.
The Huskies (1-3) are at Eagle Valley Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Battle Mountain dumps Palisade
EDWARDS – That was a darn good week for Battle Mountain soccer.
The Huskies followed up a 2-1 win at Steamboat Springs Thursday with a 3-1 victory Saturday against Palisade in Edwards. Two wins in one week against squads which qualified for the state playoffs last year makes the outlook positively sunny in Battle Mountain’s camp.
“It was a very good week,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “We talked about it as a group. If we took one, we would be in the playoff conversation. If we took both, we’re still in the league conversation. We’re in the mix.”
Logan Nash seems to be in the mix of everything. She rang up a first-half hat track, and just might hold down her varsity spot as a freshman.
“She’s doing great, huh,” Cope joked.
Haille Hogfeldt assisted on Saturday’s game-winner. Also of note is Cope moving senior Emma Porter back on defense, a move which has settled down the unit after it allowed seven goals earlier in the month in losses to Cheyenne Mountain and Glenwood Springs.
One bit of bad news was that senior Kelli Lindsay went down with an ankle injury.
Battle Mountain (3-2 overall and 3-1 in the Slope) is at Delta Tuesday followed by home games Thursday and Friday against Moffat County and Grand Junction Central.
VMS blanks Rangely
RANGELY – Stop us if you’ve heard this before.
Avery Bellis, Misha Harrison and Acacia Ortiz scored for VMS soccer. Yep, it just keeps happening. The trio helped lift VMS to a 3-0 win at Rangely Saturday.
“I think we may have had a record for hitting the frame,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni joked.
It’s probably good for VMS (4-1-1, 3-0) to get that out of its system. After a week’s layoff, the Gore Rangers host Coal Ridge April 3.
Sailors sink Devils
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Eagle Valley soccer fell at Steamboat Springs Saturday, 6-0.
“We were missing a few girls, and we were playing out of position, so there was a bit of an adjustment period for us,” Devils coach Jason Rittmiller said to the Steamboat Pilot’s Joel Reichenberger. “We need to work on refinement. We have the major skills, and we need to work on refining that.”
Eagle Valley’s next game is April 3 at Glenwood Springs.
It was a rough weekend all around for the local lacrosse teams. Battle Mountain boys lacrosse was upset in Aspen, 11-6, Friday. The Eagle Valley ladies fell to Durango, 9-3, Saturday. Meanwhile the Devils boys had the unenviable task of hosting Steamboat Saturday and dropped a decision to the Sailors.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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