Vail Valley preps: Eagle Valley splits two with Steamboat
GYPSUM – Resiliency is good thing, but there is something to be said for not getting knocked down in the first place.
Eagle Valley baseball earned its third split of the season Saturday in a doubleheader, winning the nightcap of a twinbill for the third time in as many tries. After a 14-5 loss to visiting Steamboat, the boys rallied nicely for a 7-6 win in Game 2 against the Sailors at Nolan Field in Gypsum.
“We’re kind of getting into the heart of the league schedule and we need to start piecing together some wins,” Devils manager Ryan Triece said. “We’ve been on a teeter-totter, winning one game and losing another. If we’re going to meet the goal the team set we need to win three or four in a row. That’s the message to the team.”
After a difficult opener Saturday, when the Devils struggled to make contact at the plate, Eagle Valley again came out swinging in the nightcap. After Weston Blevins gave up three runs in the bottom of the first – the Sailors were the home team for Game 2 – he settled in a nice groove pitching five innings for the win.
In the top of the third, Austin Ellsworth and Tanner Coulter drew walks, and Zach Linder smacked a two-run triple. Linder later scored on passed ball. Aggressive base-running by Cordell Schofield gave the Devils a 4-3 lead in the fourth, when he singled, stole second and third and scored on a Saillors’ passed ball.
The Devils made it 7-3 after another three-spot in the fifth. Schofield laced a triple into left center, scoring Linder and Blevins. Austin Fahrenholtz followed with a sharp run-scoring single.
Steamboat made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh, but Schofield got the call as the closer and recorded the save.
In Game 1, James VanDyke and Fahrenholtz had two hits each.
Eagle Valley (3-4 in the Slope and 6-7 overall) heads to Edwards after spring break for its second meeting of the season with Battle Mountain April 26.
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