Three Eagle Valley baseball players earn all-league honors | VailDaily.com

Three Eagle Valley baseball players earn all-league honors

Ian Smith
ismith@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado ” The statistics look more like video-game numbers than actual averages.

That happens when a team can absolutely mash the baseball. The Eagle Valley baseball team did that and more this season.

“I had so much fun this year,” Cody Coulter said. “I’ve been looking forward to that for so long. Everything except for the last game went exactly how I wanted.”

The Devils finished the year with a 14-6 (10-4) record and claimed second place in the 4A Slope behind Delta. In district play, Eagle Valley fell to Lewis-Palmer, 7-6, in Colorado Springs to end its season.

Hot-hitting led the way for the Devils. The six players who earned all-league honors all hit above .400.

“We were really focused,” Coulter said. “We got in the gym early this year. We wanted to make sure we were on when the season started.”

Robert Padgett put on a hitting display all season on his way to first-team all-league. The senior raked with a .661 average including three home runs and 12 doubles. Padgett led the team in all those categories.

A pair of juniors were also named to the first team. Jack Barbella finished the year hitting .471 with 11 doubles. He also pitched admirably for the Devils, finishing one batter away from a perfect game against Moffat County.

T.J. Loera owned a .493 average for Eagle Valley. He also notched 19 RBIs and 10 doubles.

“It was a great season for those guys,” Eagle Valley manager Ken Reagan said.

Cody Coulter, Cooper Adams and Aaron Hakes were named honorable mention for their play this season. Hakes led the group with a .475 average including two homers.

Coulter and Adams each finished the year with 28 hits. Adams hit at a .431 clip and belted two dingers. Coulter had a .418 average and eight doubles.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or ismith@vaildaily.com.