VMS soccer in win column
BASALT — Much better.
Vail Mountain School soccer busted open a tight 1-0 game, scoring four second-half goals to give the Gore Rangers a 5-0 nonconference win at Basalt on Tuesday.
“It was really good for the boys,” VMS coach Pete Petrovski said. “They kept their composure in the second half, got four of five chances and were able to convert on them.”
VMS reorganized the back, starting with sophomore Hunter Meier in goal. Bridger Gile was a beast at sweeper. Dylan Hardenbergh saw time in back until he dinged up his ankle. VMS does have depth there as shown by Robby Gruber coming in and Max Vbery on the right and Michael Resnick on the left.
Kevin Garcia broke the seal on the game with a penalty kick in the 25th. Peter Ferraro to Cunningham started the second-half onslaught. Cunningham to Eric Zdechlik made it 3-0. Ferrao converted on his P.K. and Flinn Lazier, from Peer Carnes, finished it up.
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VMS (1-1) has its home opener at Bandoni Alumni Field on Friday against Denver Christian.
Devils blank Central
GRAND JUNCTION — This was a ho-hum victory of the good kind.
Eagle Valley soccer took care of business efficiently, dispatching Central, 6-0, on Tuesday evening, making it four in a row for the Devils.
Alex Torres scored twice, as did Aldo Palacios. Noel Ruiz and Eric Ramos also ripped the twine.
“We took care of business,” Devils coach Bratzo Horruitiner said. “We missed goals too. You can’t put everything in. I’m happy with the way we moved the ball and applied pressure. Everyone’s doing their job.”
And Eagle Valley is already two-thirds of the way to its win total of six last year.
The Devils head right back down to Grand Junction to face Palisade on Saturday.
Devils softball edges Bears
RIFLE — Eagle Valley softball is 2-0.
The Devils edged Rifle, 9-8, with a rally in the top of the seventh. Regan Bossow knocked in Cody Osteen to tie up. Caroline Paxson followed with what would be the game-winning hit.
The Devils needed some good defense to preserve the win. Rifle had runners on second and third in the bottom of the seventh. The Devils’ Campbell Sullivan made the catch in right and doubled the runner off second base to win it.
Osteen went all seven innings to get the win.
Next up for the Devils is a doubleheader in Gunnison this weekend.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.