Todd Bennett
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August 16, 2012
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GJ Rockies progress report

After falling short in the first half of the season, the Grand Junction Rockies baseball team is gearing up for the second half and a possible playoff spot. The Rockies finished the first half tied with the Ogden Raptors with a record of 21-18. Due to the Raptors 8-0 record in head-to-head games versus the Rockies, they won the spot on the tiebreaker.

Several players have stood out this inaugural season in Grand Junction with first-round draft pick and 10th pick overall David Dahl leading the way. At the time of this writing, Dahl was hitting .381 with five home runs and 40 RBIs.

Outfielders Ryan Garvey and Jeff Popick, as well as catcher Wilfredo Rodriguez and infielder Ashley Graeter, are all hitting .304 or better. Right fielder Julian Yan leads the team's power patrol with 12 home runs followed by first baseman Ben Waldrip with 9.

Eddie Butler is standing out as a starter for the Rockies thus far with a 5-1 record and a sparkling 2.93 earned run average. Ryan Warner is 3-0 to date as a starter as well. Scott Oberg has been the go-to arm to close out games for the team making 16 appearances in a relief role and saving nine games. He also has a very low 2.00 ERA.

The Rockies are striving to win half number two. Should the Rockies finish second to Ogden again in the second half, the Rockies could still earn the spot with a better overall season record than the remaining teams in the division.

The Rockies upcoming schedule has them playing at Suplizio Field Aug. 17-19 then hitting the road for 11 consecutive games to finish out the month of August. They return home for the final six regular season games Sept. 1-6.

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