Tuesday’s preps wrap
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Eagle Valley baseball let its bats do the talking in a doubleheader sweep of Steamboat Springs on Tuesday, downing the Sailors, 13-3, and 22-4.
That puts the Devils at 4-0 in the 4A Slope in a stop-and start season. Eagle Valley was off all of last week, with postponed games against Montrose and Battle Mountain.
“It was huge,” Devils manager Jesse Meryhew said. “It’s baseball. Breaks (in the schedule) can be a curse. It was good to see the guys on the field and swinging the bats.”
The Devils broke open the lidlifter with a five-run third. Mathew Sanchez and Joe Rivera set the table and the boys in the heart of the order did the damage. Garrett Martin was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs. Tyler Greear was 2for-2 with two walks as well. Gabe Soto and Garrett Flaagan also went 2-for-4 and had two runs batted in each. That’s not a fun trip through the lineup for an opposing pitcher.
Rivera went the distance in the first game, allowing just two earned runs in six innings. More importantly, he tossed only 93 pitches.
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In the nightcap, everyone in a Devils’ uniform hit. The Devils had 12 runs in the first and 10 in the second. This one was called for darkness after three innings, but that was a fait accompli.
The Devils were a staggering 16-for-23 at the plate in the nightcap and also drew nine walks. Whether one believes in Moneyball or not, that generally works. Martin, though he had a wee bit of support, pounded the zone nicely with 34 of his 45 pitches being strikes, walking no one. (When you get a 12-0 lead going into the bottom of the first inning, the cardinal sin is a free pass, so good on Martin.)
Eagle Valley is at Glenwood Springs on Saturday for another twinbill.
Devils girls lax on a roll
Break up Eagle Valley girls lacrosse.
The Devils made it three wins in a row by downing Summit County, 6-4, on a rainy/hail-y/snowy afternoon in Gypsum.
Haley Carpenter had a hat trick — her second in a row — and Megan Aalto, Judy Torres and Teaghan Mercer also found the back of the net.
After a rough start, the Devils are on the right side of .500 at 3-2.
“It’s pretty awesome,” coach Stephanie Renzelman said. “The refs and coaches and parents are noticing that we’re a better team. We’ve been changing it up in practice. We’ve been doing new drills targeting specifics of lacrosse play.”
Eagle Valley will hope to keep it going with a nonconference game at Wheat Ridge on Saturday.
Huskies boys lax postponed
Battle Mountain boys lacrosse was up 1-0 on Glenwood Springs when play was halted due to snow on the other side of the canyon.
No makeup date has been announced.
Floodgates open for Devils soccer
Think there was some frustration in Eagle Valley soccer’s system after a scoreless tie at Summit County?
Yep. The Devils took it out of Roaring Fork in the rain and snow. (Hey, if you’re going to freeze your you-know-what off, you might as well have fun dong it.)
Hana Berge and Jessica Adams had two each. Zoe Booth, Camilla Petterson and Rose Sandell also go in on the act.
“I think it’s a huge confidence booster,” Devils coach Maggie Sherman said. “It makes a difference to work hard on it at practice and then to see it come out on the field in a game. That was great.”
Eagle Valley (3-1-1) hosts Steamboat Springs on Thursday at 6 p.m. at John Ramunno Field in Gypsum.
I think it’s another good test to see where we are against the top teams (in the league),” Sherman said.
Huskies booters blank Coal Ridge
Apparently all the cool kids hang out at the Glenwood Springs Qdoba.
Battle Mountain soccer blanked Coal Ridge, 2-0, on Tuesday and then had some Mexican fare. Who should be in the same restaurant, but Eagle Valley soccer?
“Great minds think alike,” Huskies coach David Cope said.
Emily Cope assisted on both tallies, the first to Avery Weaver and the second to A.J. Davies.
Davies was new at the midfield as Cope shuffled the back, putting Audrey Teague, Dylan Barker, Abby Carlson and Jordan Denning on that line.
Nicole Lasater preserved her shutout with a nice save on a free kick in the first half.
Battle Mountain’s busy week continues on Thursday with a trip to Glenwood Springs, and perhaps some more Qdoba.