Vail Mountain School beats Durango; Playoffs next?
EAST VAIL — Cross you fingers, cross your toes and knock wood, but that just may have done it.
Vail Mountain School lacrosse defeated Durango, 14-5, on Saturday at storied Bandoni Alumni Field in crossover play to finish the season at 8-6.
Last year, the Gore Rangers lost at Durango during the crossover game and likely lost out on a playoff berth. Durango, by seed, was the last team to make it into the playoffs.
So, get your rabbit’s foot because Vail Mountain School thinks it may have earned its first playoff berth.
“I believe that should do it,” Vail Mountain School coach Matt Felser said. “That puts us in fourth place (in the conference). We’ve got big wins against Durango and Battle Mountain. We’re 4-0 in the valley. Monday, we’ll find out for sure, but we are confident.”
Last year, the Mountain conference got five teams — Aspen, Battle Mountain, Steamboat, Summit County and Durango. This year, Aspen again has the automatic berth. Steamboat Springs is a lock. Battle Mountain finished second by making the conference title game. Fruita was fourth, but the Wildcats move up t 5A for the postseason. That leaves Vail Mountain School as No. 4 out of the Mountain Conference.
Get out your lucky horseshoe and hit refresh on chsaa.org on Monday, people.
Luke Verratti went off for five goals against the Demons, while Griffin O’Connell and Tyler Hancock both logged hat tricks. Kyle Negomir and Dylan Hardenbergh also added to the merriment.
Huskies baseball sweeps on Senior Day
Battle Mountain baseball sent off its seniors in style on Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Steamboat Springs, 10-4 and 16-1.
Hunter Meier got the win in Game 1 and Robert Redinger did the same in the nightcap.
Redinger helped himself at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with three RBI. Jack Singleton was 3-for-3 in Game 2 and Sean Weller went 6-for-7 in the twinbill.
“The kids deserve it,” Huskies manager Jose Meza said. “Our program has come a long way. Our seniors are big reason we’ve gotten better.”
Battle Mountain (7-11) wraps the season with a home game against Rifle on Monday.
Devils fall to Delta
It was tough finale for Eagle Valley baseball as Delta beat the Devils, 12-6 and 17-9, on Saturday.
Your Devils seniors are Oscar Gallegos and Tyler Greear.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.