CEDAREDGE, Colorado - Marty Madsen wasn't especially happy about the results of Roaring Fork High School's doubleheader loss against Cedaredge on Saturday.
He was, however, happy with the effort, especially after the Rams nearly rallied from a six-run deficit in the second game before falling to the Bruins.
"We stepped it up and played an outstanding game," Madsen said. "We took it to them."
The end result was still a 12-2 and 13-11 loss to the Bruins, who were ranked No. 8 in Class 3A headed into the Western Slope League twin bill. Still, Madsen was encouraged knowing that, despite the 6-0 second-game deficit, the Rams were within 10-8 going into the bottom of the sixth inning and had the potential winning run at the plate when the second game ended.
"When we got down like that, the kids could have said, 'Oh man. Here we go again,'" said Madsen, whose team lost via the 10-run mercy rule in the opener. "But we started to chip away, and the kids didn't give up."
The Rams' big contributors in the two games were Alex Fisher, who had five hits and finished 3-for-4 in the second game, and Johnny Nieslanik, who had a pair of hits in both games. Will Masters had a two-run single in the second game that helped the Rams rally.
Roaring Fork (0-2) plays a nonleague game at Hotchkiss on Tuesday before playing a home-opening doubleheader against Olathe beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - The Glenwood Springs High School baseball team dropped a pair of games on the second day of its season-opening tournament on Saturday, falling 10-6 to Hotchkiss in the morning before losing a 9-8 decision against Middle Park in the afternoon.
An eight-run third inning by Hotchkiss put the Demons (0-3) in a 9-3 hole they weren't able to climb out of in the opener. Brayden Wilson's 3-for-4 performance at the plate paced Hotchkiss, and the Demons got six hits from six different players in the loss.
Against Middle Park, Glenwood got two of its six hits from Willie Salcido, but a three-run sixth inning from the Panthers helped them finish a rally from a 7-3 deficit.
Glenwood is off until this coming Saturday when it plays its Class 4A Western Slope League opener with a doubleheader at Battle Mountain in Edwards.