Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday
GYPSUM – Before every inning that Eagle Valley softball went to bat during Saturday’s Eagle Valley Invitational, the Devils huddled up and shouted, “Big sticks.”
That lumber made itself heard as Eagle Valley pounded its way to a 20-10 win over Grand Valley at the Gypsum Sports Complex to finish fifth in Saturday’s tournament.
The Devils batted around twice, while catcher Megan Osteen and first-baseman Kayla Gagnon combined for 11 RBI as Eagle Valley won its second game of the year,
Nicole Harvey went the distance for the Devils, pitching five solid innings.
“The fans definitely bring the best out of the girls,” Devils coach Bill Beasley said. “When they finally relax, they can play ball.”
Eagle Valley is at Rifle for a nonleague game Tuesday.
Eagle Valley, 5 Grand Junction Central 1
GRAND JUNCTION – As Mark Twain might say, reports of Eagle Valley soccer’s demise are greatly exaggerated. The Devils thumped 5A Grand Junction Central, 5-1, Saturday to up their record to 1-1-1.
Freshman Alex Vasquez got his varsity goal. Senior Alexis Fernandez scored and Kevin Escobar had a hat trick as the Devils won going away. Nestor Escobar played a key role with multiple assists.
“Just like in years past, we have a lot of talent, and it’s matter of working as a team,” Devils coach Jason Rittmiller said. “We still have plenty of things to do now and in the future, but we’ve figured out stuff we didn’t have a week ago.”
Eagle Valley is at Battle Mountain Tuesday at 6 p.m. for the Devils’ Slope opener.
Roaring Fork 6, Vail Mountain 0
CARBONDALE – Roaring Fork had its way Saturday, handing VMS soccer a 6-0 loss Saturday.
VMS is at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Tuesday.
Dayspring Christian 46, Vail Christian 20
GREELEY – There’s a reason Vail Christian football had Dayspring Christian on the schedule. The Eagles are good, very good.
Their only two losses last season were to Merino – once in Plans Conference play and then in the state-title game. Merino also happened to finish off the Saints’ season last fall in crossover play.
So Vail Christian coach Tim Pierson was not too disappointed by a 46-20 loss at Dayspring Saturday.
“We saw the speed of a very good team, a team that executed well, got off the ball quickly and blocked down field well,” Pierson said. “They had fast running backs and speed at skill positions. We got a good perspective on the speed of the game which should help us with league play.”
Dayspring dominated the first half, going up 46-0 before pulling its starters. The Saints responded with three touchdown passes from Austin Ellsworth in the second half. Alex Tsamasfyros, Granger Moch and Nigel Johnsen all hauled in scoring passes.
Vail Christian (1-1) has its home opener against Longmont Christian Saturday at 1 p.m. at eagle Valley.
Vail Mountain 3, North Park 1
West Grand 3, Vail Mountain 2
EAST VAIL – Vail Mountain volleyball continued to show flashes of its potential, splitting its first two 2A Slope games this weekend.
The Gore Rangers beat North Park in four Friday, before squandering a 2-0 lead in a 3-2 loss to West Grand Saturday.
“We were really solid against North Park,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “What hurt us in (a Game 3 loss to North Park) and Games 3, 4 and 5 against West Grand was just allowing our mistakes to affect us mentally. The big thing of note is the girls and this team are still learning to have confidence.”
As the coach wryly noted one such opportunity for confidence presents itself when VMS (2-4) heads to Edwards to face archrival Vail Christian Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Battle Mountain 3, Denver Christian 1
EDWARDS – Battle Mountain evened its record at .500 with a 20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22 win against Denver Christian Friday night in nonconference play.
The Huskies (2-2) open league play at Glenwood Springs Thursday at 6 p.m.
Rangely 3, Vail Christian 2
Vail Christian 3, North Park 1
EDWARDS – Vail Christian volleyball had enough in the tank after losing a five-set marathon Friday night against Rangely to snag a four-set win at North Park Saturday.
“We did a little rotation change and had some different hitters,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “The girls also settled down after our first game at home. McKenzie (O’Brien) and Ashlyn (Gruber) passed really well. Tracy Salgado did a great job for us blocking on the right side, especially against Rangely.”
The Saints host VMS Tuesday night.
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