Two Devils named all-league in baseball
GYPSUM – Tim Peters didn’t need his manager, Ralph Carlson, to promote him for all-league. The Eagle Valley catcher had plenty of other backers from the Western Slope.”The Palisade and Delta coaches voted for him several times before he got voted in,” Carlson said.Peters was recently selected to the Western Slope 4A all-league team. Teammate Kenny Slaughter was named honorable mention. “Defensively, (Tim) was solid behind the plate,” Carlson said. “He’d make enough throws to first base to keep the guys honest, and had a good throw to second.”
And all Peters did at the plate was lead the team in batting. Hitting from the No. 3 spot, Peters racked up the extra-base hits.”If we put him in the No. 1 spot, he’d have a lot more walks, but he was up there looking to make things happen all the time,” Carlson said. “He was very aggressive.””I was just relaxing,” Peters said. “I had more doubles than singles. When you have guys in scoring position, your job is to get them in.”Peters caught in every game, except for the two in which he took the mound. He often crouched for 14 innings in doubleheaders.
“It was hard on my knees, and I already have bad knees,” said Peters, who blocked balls better than most hockey goalies would have.At firstSlaughter was a solid force at first base, turning would-be errors by infielders into outs.
“It’s a tough position because you have a lot of plays when guys throw the ball in the dirt,” Carlson said.After a slow start at the plate, Slaughter went on a second-half tear, going 15-for-35.”He only went one or two games without a hit,” Carlson said of Slaugher’s late-season production. “He was really consistent for us.”Both players graduate, along with teammates Cody Comerford and Zach Coe.
Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado
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