Vail Valley preps: Huskies baseball wins league game
EAGLE-VAIL – In the spring of 2004, George W. Bush faced uncertainty in his re-election bid against John Kerry. The Boston Red Sox still had not won a World Series since 1918 and iPods were big, clunky things that only played music. (Sorry, no video and certainly not a phone.)
And said spring was the last time Battle Mountain baseball won a league game – until Monday. The Huskies got their first 4A Slope win in five years defeating Glenwood Springs, 9-7, and almost made it two, losing the nightcap, 14-13.
“They’re playing better baseball,” Huskies manager Jason Spannagel said proudly. “You can tell we’ve been practicing outside. Our outfielders are taking routes. Our people are getting where they need to be for cut-offs. We’re handling situations properly – not always executing. But we’re in the right places and doing the right things.”
Battle Mountain got lots of hitting, good pitching and even solid defense in their second win of the season, having beaten 3A Coal Ridge last week. Battle Mountain scored three in the third inning erasing a 2-0 Demons’ lead. In the decisive third, the Huskies hung up a five-spot.
Donnie Cuomo had an RBI double and Joe LyBarger ripped another two-bagger, good for a pair of runs.
Pitcher Joe Webb was the beneficiary of the fireworks as he went the distance. He struck out four and kept the free passes to a minimum in earning the win.
“They were extremely happy,” Spannagel said. “But getting that win against Coal Ridge helped get them focused. They came back the second game and kept going. We hit the ball really well all day long.”
The Huskies did not lack for offense. Mike Jones went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a three-run homer. Davey Honda was 4-for-5 with everything for the cycle except a home run. Donnie Cuomo upped his average with a 3-for-4 game, including the game-tying hit in the top of the seventh. (The Huskies were the visiting team for the nightcap.)
The Huskies and Demons went back and forth, trading the lead until the Demons won with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh.
Battle Mountain, 2-11 overall, hosts Steamboat Springs Saturday at 11 a.m. for a pair of games.
Montrose 7, Eagle Valley 0
It was a rough day for Eagle Valley soccer as the Devils fell at Montrose , 7-0, Tuesday.
Despite the lopsided score, Devils goalie Nicole Eisenmann shined in net for Eagle Valley. The Devils are at Moffat County on Saturday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.