Vail Valley preps: Eagle Valley sweeps Rifle in twinbill
RIFLE – When the Eagle Valley baseball team woke up Saturday, there was no way it was playing Saturday, right?
Well, actually, yes, and the Devils were happy to take the trip to Rifle to grab a pair of wins over the Bears. Eagle Valley won the opener, 11-10, in 10 innings, and the nightcap, 9-7.
The Devils started slowly, but hurler Seth Williamson kept his team in the game. Down 6-3, going in to the top of the seventh, Eagle Valley’s bats finally awoke to force extras.
Jack Barbella, in relief of Williamson, pitched four solid innings, keeping Rifle at bay. The Devils finally erupted for four runs in the 10th. Williamson and Nick Pietrack each had two-run singles to provide a comfortable margin.
Pietrack started the second game on the mound, not only going 5 2/3 innings, but he also helped his own cause at the plate. He jacked a solo homer in the fifth as part of a four-RBI game.
Eagle Valley busted it open with a five-run fourth. An Adam Horst double, a single from Westin Blevins and a triple from Bruce Zehring did most of the damage.
“We started a little late because of the weather, and didn’t get our first true hit until he fifth inning of the first game,” Devils manager Ken Reagan said. “Then, we started pouring it on. We got good pitching. Willie pitched really well. We’ve got Jack and Nick and James (Van Dyke) and Wes on the hill. We’re not going to throw it by anyone, but they found the strike zone.”
Eagle Valley, 2-1 in the Slope and 3-4 overall, hosts Palisade March 30.
Track and field
Devils open at Delta
DELTA – The Delta Invitational may still be going for all anyone knows.
Eagle Valley was one of 32 teams from around the Slope in attendance Saturday, and the Devils showed that they’re going to have some fun this year.
Mario Gonzalez laid down a time of 4 minutes, 42 seconds in the 1,600. That was good for second place and is an awfully fast time for March.
Willie Magdziuk flew to third place in the triple jump with a leap of 39 feet, 9 inches for third place. The boys two-mile team had an impressive start to the season, finishing eighth. Eddie Campos, Magdziuk, Ben Muehlethaler and Hunter Burnham clocked a 9:09.40.
Devils track coach Jeff Schroll was also pleased with the numerous personal records his athletes set. He estimated that the Devils brought home 20 P.R.’s.
“It’s really good to see kids do better than they did in the scrimmage or see that they are far ahead of where they were last year at this point,” he said. “It was a good chance for the kids to see some competition, some 5A schools and see where they are. They can now have goals for the rest of the season.”
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