Vail Valley preps wrap from Tuesday
RIFLE, Colorado – That, kids, is why you play the games.
Eagle Valley softball’s seniors had never beaten Rifle until Tuesday.
“This makes our season,” Devils manager Bill Beasley said happily after the Devils smacked the Bears, 15-2, at Rifle.
Yes, Rifle had some disciplinary issues, but the beautiful thing about high school sports is that you play with whom you have and the Devils were better than the Bears Tuesday.
“For four years, our seniors had never beat them. It was great for them,” Beasley said of his four seniors who have been on the wrong end of routs at the hands of the Bears.
“They played relaxed, like they wanted to play softball. Their heads were in the game and they had fun.”
Emily Kingston went 4-for-5 as did Nicole Harvey. Pitcher Amanda Morgan helped herself with a 3-for-5 day at the plate. On the mound, she went the distance, allowing just one earned run, while fanning three.
The Devils put up an eight-spot in the first inning, followed with two in the second, one in the fourth and finished off Rifle with four runs in the six as the mercy rule was invoked.
Eagle Valley (3-13) is at Delta Saturday before finishing the season at home Tuesday against Palisade.
Eagle Valley 12, Moffat County 0
CRAIG – The preliminaries are done for Eagle Valley. Now the season begins in earnest for Devils soccer.
Eagle Valley pounded Moffat, 12-0, Tuesday afternoon, to up its Slope mark to 5-0-1. More impressively, the Devils played well in Craig, something with which they have struggled in the past.
Nate Barker had a hat trick. Marco Escobar scored twice, as did Enrique Amancio. Kevin Escobar, Gonzalo Gomez, Noe Torres, Nester Escobar and Omar Saucedo all found the back of the net.
For Eagle Valley (7-0-1), the schedule gets tougher. Six of their final seven games are against the likes of Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Golden and Battle Mountain. And quite frankly, Eagle Valley is ready.
“We were talking a little bit about it already,” Devils coach Jason Rittmiller said. “We feel like we’re really ready. To me, the season, with its challenges, really is starting to begin. We’re going to be facing some strong competition on a regular basis, and we’ll have a chance to show exactly what we are.”
Eagle Valley hosts Steamboat Friday night at 6 at Hot Stuff Stadium. Please note the schedule change.
Eagle Valley 3, Coal Ridge 0
NEW CASTLE – Next point, next game, next match.
Eagle Valley volleyball kept up its winning ways with a 25-12, 25-18, 27-25 win at Coal Ridge Tuesday night.
Eagle Valley (6-2) returns to league action Thursday at Rifle.
Grand Junction Central 3, Battle Mountain 0
EDWARDS – Battles Mountain lost in three games Tuesday night to 5A Grand Junction Central. The visiting Warriors came away with a 25-23, 26-24, 25-19 win.
Battle Mountain (3-6) is at Glenwood Thursday night.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.