Vail Christian beats Rangely, 3-0
RANGELY – Vail Christian girls soccer had 12 players total, just six returning players from last year and four practices outside this spring.
So naturally, the Saints went to Rangely and walloped the Panthers, 3-0 in their season opener Friday.
“It was a great first game,” Vail Christian coach Barbara Wilson said. “We were really pleased with the passing – we had good possession. We had good shots. Coach (Geoff) Bedrosian and I were really excited.”
McKenzie O’Brien broke the seal on 2010 with a breakaway goal in the 16th minute. Gracen McGuckin scored her first varsity goal in the 54th. She had her second varsity mark in stoppage time. O’Brien got the helper there.
Dakota Francis back-stopped it all with a shutout between the pipes.
And, yes, this was an early league game, so the Saints have three points in the 3A Slope.
Vail Christian hosts Coal Ridge at Freedom Park at 3 p.m. on Monday. Tuesday, the Saints are at Grand Valley in make-up of last week’s game postponed by the rock slide in Glenwood Canyon.
Cedaredge 10, Battle Mountain 8
OLATHE – Battle Mountain baseball’s a little bit different this year.
The Huskies served notice in a 10-8 season opening loss to Cedaredge Friday in balmy Olathe.
“We made some good swings. We hit the ball,” Huskies skipper Jason Spannagel said. “We played good defense. It’s a good start.”
Battle Mountain’s undoing was control. Huskies pitchers issued nine walks, and the Bruins took advantage in the bottom of the sixth with the decisive blow – a grand slam.
The Huskies came out swinging behind Donnie Cuomo who was 3-for-4 with pair of doubles and two RBIs. Cameron Brown, Guy Garth and Davey Honda also powered the attack.
Despite the walks, pitchers Chris Duran and Mike Jones looked like they’ll be able to keep Battle Mountain in some games this season. Jones, though he took the loss, fanned four in two innings of work.
The Huskies take on Paonia and Resurrection Christian today as their preseason tournament continues out west.
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