Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday
GYPSUM – In the second game of their baseball doubleheader Saturday, Eagle Valley and Moffat County combined for 43 runs, more runs/points than Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain put up in their annual football game last fall (40).
If you liked low-scoring baseball, you were in the wrong place Saturday at Nolan Field. The Bulldogs won the lidlifter, 15-9, in nine innings. In the nightcap, the Devils outslugged Moffat, 27-16. Eagle Valley outscored Moffat, 36-31, in the twinbill, so does that mean the Devils “won” the doubleheader?
“I wish they would do it that way,” Devils manager Ryan Triece joked. “I’ll bring it up at the next league meeting.”
Eagle Valley’s Tanner Coulter was the pitching hero on a day devoted to hitting. Coulter was Eagle Valley’s fireman, pitching the final three innings of the doubleheader, allowing only one run.
Eagle Valley’s offense put up a phone number, scoring in every inning of Game 2 – the line score was “142-7544.” Catcher Zach Linder might still be in the squat in Gypsum. He caught both ends of the doubleheader and still had four hits and four runs.
Weston Blevins did not disappoint when it came to the clutch-hitting department. He came up to the plate twice with the sacks loaded and delivered two bases-clearing extra-base hits (a double and a triple. Blevins finished the nightcap with seven RBI.
Cordell Schofield started the twinbill batting ninth and finished in the seventh spot due to a five-hit day.
One interesting note is that the Devils scored 36 runs in 16 innings without hitting a home run. That’s hard to do.
The Devils are 2-1 in the 4A Slope and 4-4 overall. A closer look at the record shows that Eagle Valley’s four losses are either by one run or came in extra innings.
“The message to our team is for us to get over the hump,” Triece said. “We have to make the plays when they there to be made. We had 100 chances in Game 1 to come through, and we didn’t. We talk about mental toughness in practice, but saying it and doing it is a different thing.”
Eagle Valley hosts Summit Tuesday at 4 p.m. and then heads to Palisade for a big doubleheader.
Huskies lax sets wins record
DURANGO – Battle Mountain boys lacrosse dispatched Durango, 14-0, Saturday to cap a 2-0 road trip this weekend, and with the victory, the Huskies set a new program record for wins in a season with eight.
Last year’s team went 7-5 in shortened 12-game slate.
While 8-1 is nice, the 2011 Huskies have bigger fish to fry.
“We still have a shot to win our conference or get an at-large berth to the state tournament,” Huskies coach Kevin O’Brien said. “That’s our goal – to play in the postseason.”
Battle Mountain smothered the Demons with four goals from Reeve Sanders, as well as scores from Timmy Liccardi, Josh Rosenbach, Chris Libertini and Thomas Huzella.
Battle Mountain faces another set of Demons Tuesday. The Huskies are at Glenwood Springs.
Devils lacrosse splits
TELLURIDE – Ground balls, ground balls and more ground balls.
That was the simple key for Eagle Valley boys lacrosse Saturday as the Devils knocked off Telluride, 7-3.
“It’s just was one of those things where as our skill level develops, picking up the ground balls is the most basic thing,” Devils coach Ted Boddy said. “When you’re playing teams that are about at your skill level, the team that picks up the ground balls usually wins.”
Against the Miners that was the case. Otto Jordan and Kyle Newborn scored twice. Johnny Bailey, Daniel Vargas and Nick Briggs also found the net.
The Devils (2-6) were coming off a close loss at Durango Friday.
“It was a good trip,” Boddy said. “The guys would have loved to go 2-0, but we were competitive in both games, and getting a win is a big morale booster.”
Eagle Valley hosts Fruita Tuesday.
Devils soccer falls to Palisade
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley soccer ran into a tough Palisade squad Saturday, falling 6-0 to the Bulldogs.
Eagle Valley hosts Glenwood Springs Tuesday.