Baseball Rams look to field a competitive squad in 2010 |

Baseball Rams look to field a competitive squad in 2010

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Fielding a roster littered with young players, Roaring Fork’s baseball team struggled a bit in 2009. Regularly starting a number of freshmen, the Rams went 6-13.

All those youngsters are a year older and now familiar with the high school game. Coach Tim Nieslanik hopes that translates into a few more wins in 2010.

“We expect to be very competitive,” the second-year frontman offered. “Last year, you know, we took our lumps. This year, I think we’ll be in every game.”

Returning to anchor the Rams’ pitching staff is junior Alex Rascon.

Returners who’ll provide thump in the lineup are junior catcher Jake Strack-Loertscher, junior utility man Jordan Hirro, sophomore infielder Shea Nieslanik, senior outfielder Oscar Beltran and sophomore infielder Clay Gross.

A newcomer expected to immediately contribute to the Rams’ cause is freshman Johnny Nieslanik, who once pitched a perfect little league season. He’s also got some pop at the plate.

Roaring Fork opens its season today against Aspen. With the Rams’ field not yet playable, the teams will meet up at Glenwood Springs Middle School’s diamond.

PARACHUTE, Colorado – Led by returners Jeremy Lawrence, Tyler Radel, Emilio Ruelas and Jerrod Busch, Grand Valley looks to play with a sense of urgency in 2010.

“Last year, we were flat all the time,” said second-year coach Casey Coulter, who hopes to see his squad “be more aggressive in all aspects, especially on the base paths.”

Mix that in with a disciplined approach at the plate and the Cardinals could well improve on last spring’s 4-15 showing.

The Cardinals open their season March 25 at Rifle.

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Coal Ridge opens its season – and its new baseball diamond – against Rangely on March 23.

After playing home games at Rifle’s Deerfield Park the last two years, the Titans finally have a field of their very own on campus.

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