Wednesday’s preps wrap: Eagle Valley baseball and Battle Mountain girls lax win
GYPSUM — Eagle Valley baseball’s season ended with 7-2 win over Glenwood Springs — or did it?
The Devils finished the regular season with a 10-9 overall record and a 7-5 mark in the 4A Western Slope. Eagle Valley entered Wednesday’s game holding in to the 32nd and final spot in the rating-percentage index.
“Right now, it’s just a waiting game,: Devils skipper Jesse Meryhew said. “I don’t know how to figure out the RPI.”
And that is common theme among coaches, players, fans and sports writers alike.
Perhaps, most perplexing for the Devils is that Rifle is ranked No. 27 in the RPI, and Eagle Valley fans will be quick to point out that their team swept a doubleheader from the Bears last weekend.
Please do not ask for logic from the computer.
Back to the action, Mathew Sanchez hit a three-run homer in his final home game to get the Devils going.
Eagle Valley added four more in the bottom of the sixth with Kyle Farris slamming a two-run double and Kyle Jordan knocking in another run.
In a familiar pitching story, Garrett Martin was dealing for six innings, allowing two runs and punching out 11 Demons. Joe Rivera III picked up the seventh inning.
Your Eagle Valley baseball seniors are Sanchez, Martin, Matt Meline, Jordan, Jake McGinty, Kyle Williams, Rivera, Farris, Jack McKinney and Aiden Sokup.
Huskies lax beats Grand Junction
Cue the “Jeopardy” music, part II.
Battle Mountain girls lacrosse topped Grand Junction, 7-6, on Wednesday in Edwards to up its record to 8-3 with regard to the dreaded RPI.
The Huskies entered Wednesday’s game in the No. 21 spot, one spot from making the playoffs. Grand Junction was 10-3, so that record gets added into the Huskies’ opponents’ winning percentage, 50 percent of the formula.
“We had to win that game to have a legitimate argument,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “Now we have to wait and see.”
Battle Mountain was scheduled to be at Telluride, considered a non-varsity opponent by CHSAA on Thursday, and then hosts Eagle Valley on Saturday.
Against Grand Junction, Battle Mountain goalie Natalie Spear was the headliner. She had 12 saves including a clutch stop with two minutes to go that preserved the Huskies’ margin of victory.
Chloe Doctor, Julia Heid, Berit Kirchner and Marti Schmidt were all on the score sheet for Battle Mountain.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.