Vail Valley preps wrap for Tuesday
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Battle Mountain boys lacrosse has clearly reached a new level in its third year.
The Huskies are 9-1 after destroying Glenwood Springs, 16-1, Tuesday down at Stubler Memorial Field. The previous two editions of Battle Mountain boys lax would have given their kidneys and other vital organs to be at 9-1.
But truth be told, the Huskies, having established their superiority over the lower half of the Mountain Conference with the exception of a huge wins at Aspen and Fruita last month, start their real season Friday.
“Our last five games are Fruita Friday, Grand Junction Saturday, and then after a couple of weeks, we end with Aspen, Steamboat Springs and Grand Junction again, ” Huskies coach Kevin O’Brien said. “Our last five games are going to define our season. Ideally, we go 5-0, but 4-1 would be a success, even if we don’t win our conference. It’s going to be hard to be 13-2 and get left out of the playoffs.”
O’Brien went on to say that if his guys keep going the way they have been, he likes his team’s chances.
The Huskies made mince meat of the Demons for the second time this season Tuesday. Timmy Liccardi and Reeve Sanders each scored four times against Glenwood.
Fruita comes to today Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Devils lax bows to Fruita
GYPSUM – You hear the calls whenever you got to an Eagle Valley boys lacrosse game, “Attaway, Zeus.”
Zeus would be Devils midfielder Jesus Garcia, who’s always in on the action, doing the little things which make Eagle Valley a better team. Tuesday, Garcia got a reward for his hand work – a goal – in a 12-6 Devils’ loss to Fruita.
“He is one of the hardest working guys on the team,” Eagle Valley coach Ted Boddy said. “That was sweet for him.”
The Devils (2-7) played well, but ran into a tough Fruita squad.
“We responded pretty well,” Boddy said. “I think they were a little more physical than we are used to, but that’s Fruita. They wore us down a little.”
Anders Blomquist led Eagle Valley with two goals. Daniel Vargas, Otto Jordan and Kyle Newborn also scored for the Devils who host Summit County Thursday.
Devils baseball belts Summit
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley baseball served up a dose of the long ball, knocking off Summit, 14-4, in five innings Tuesday.
Weston Blevins and Cordell Schofield both went yard as the Devils nudged themselves above the .500 mark (5-4).
Blevins knocked in five runs, while Schofield is starting to give Eagle Valley manager Ryan Triece a nice problem. Schofield started the season batting ninth. All he’s done since then is hit, working his way up in the lineup. Tuesday, he was 2-for-3 with five more RBI.
It was particularly nice for the Devils to end this one by the 10-run rule. The Devils exhausted their pitching staff in a doubleheader split against Moffat County last weekend. Saturday, they’re at Palisade, one of the Slope’s regular pennant contenders.
“We had the opportunity to close it out early,” Triece said. “That’s what we wanted to do. Now we have to play our best baseball against Palisade. We have to deliver in those clutch situations and play our two best games of the season.”
The Devils and Bulldogs have split their two league games in each of the last two years.
Huskies swept by Delta
GYPSUM – After a disappointing pair of losses to Middle Park last week, Battle Mountain baseball looked much better in 8-3 and 10-6 losses to defending Slope champion Delta Tuesday in Gypsum.
For a little perspective, Delta took Battle Mountain to the woodshed in last year’s league games. Because this is a family newspaper, we don’t need to remind everyone of the scores. Just take our word for it, Tuesday was much better.
“I think it was a step forward,” Huskies manager Jason Spannagel said. “The kids really played well.”
Huskies pitcher Joe Webb started Game 1 and deserved a better fate. He went the distance with his defense allowing several unearned runs.
Battle Mountain is at Moffat County to face Steamboat Springs Saturday for a doubleheader.
Huskies tie Palisade
EDWARDS – Happy birthday, Haille Hogfeldt.
The newly-minted 17-year-old scored the equalizer for Battle Mountain soccer in the 57th minute Tuesday night for a 1-1 tie against Palisade. Emma Porter had the helper.
For the Huskies, it was a big point after losing to the Bulldogs, 3-0, on the road last month.
“I was really proud of them,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “They battled. I thought they were everything you could have asked of a high school team. They worked together, were committed to each other and competitive.”
Battle Mountain (3-4-1) hosts Eagle Valley Saturday at 1 p.m.
Glenwood tops Eagle Valley soccer
GYPSUM – Megan Ausmussen scored for Eagle Valley soccer in a 5-1 loss to Glenwood Springs Tuesday.
Maggie Gilman had the assist.
“We doing better every game,” Devils coach Jason Rittmiller said. “When we’re playing good teams like this, it’s encouraging to see the progress we make. The score doesn’t indicate our improvement.”
Eagle Valley is at Steamboat Springs Saturday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.