Vail Valley preps: Huskies baseball gets fifth win |

Vail Valley preps: Huskies baseball gets fifth win

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Five is good baseball number. Joe Dimaggio, Johnny Bench, George Brett and Albert Pujols all have worn it or still are donning it.

Five is also the number of wins Battle Mountain baseball owns after downing Summit County, 14-4, Wednesday at Glenwood Springs. Five wins is the most for a Huskies nine since the school moved up to 4A back in 2000.

“What you’ve been seeing is the product of consistency of coaching, ” said assistant coach Tim LyBarger, who was filling in for Huskies manager Jason Spannagel. “Jason’s been here for five years, and he has taught good fundamentals to the kids. So when you’re a senior like Mike Jones or a junior like Davey Honda, they’ve got a good base. And the kids are seeing a bit of that upside on the field.”

Battle Mountain fell behind 4-2 in the second inning, but pitcher Chris Duran showed his growing maturity, stopping the damage there. He went the full five innings – Battle Mountain won by the 10-run rule – keeping the walks to a minimum and letting his defense do the work.

Duran also helped himself at the plate with a 3-for-3 day with 3 runs knocked in and a pair of doubles. Honda was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBI. From behind the plate, he also threw out two runners attempting to steal.

Joe LyBarger chipped in two hits including a triple. Riley Robbins knocked in four runs and Joe Webb was 2-for-3 out of the ninth spot of the lineup.

The Huskies were also aggressive on the base paths, swiping six bags.

“Just about everybody contributed,” Tim LyBarger said.

Battle Mountain finishes the season with a doubleheader against Steamboat Springs to be played in Craig Tuesday. The two teams met in the season-opening tournament in Paonia with the Sailors nabbing a 3-1 win.

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