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Clay Gross no-hitter lifts Rams to sweep of Cards

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

Clay Gross pitched a five-inning no-hitter and Jake Strack-Loertscher smashed a three-run home run, helping Roaring Fork’s baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Grand Valley in Carbondale on Saturday.

After Alex Rascon pitched the distance in an 18-8 win in the opener, Gross shut down the Cardinals in a 15-0 win in the nightcap.

Strack-Loertscher’s home run left the yard in the third inning of the second game.

“We just hit the ball really well as a team,” Rams coach Tim Nieslanik said. “Jake’s home run really kind of got us going. As a whole, we hit the ball really well all day.”

Roaring Fork improved to 3-2 overall with Saturday’s wins.

Grand Valley dipped to 0-5 on the young season.

Rifle dropped its first two games of 2011, suffering a doubleheader sweep at Hotchkiss on Saturday.

The Bears lost by counts of 6-0 and 7-1 to drop to 4-2 overall.

Jaime Rodriguez threw a complete-game three-hitter in the shutout. He struck out 13.

At the plate, Rodriguez had two hits and two runs scored. Cesar Macias had three hits and two runs.

Triston Quigley had two of Rifle’s three hits – a single and a double. Cody Chick had the other hit.

In the 7-1 loss, Rifle batters struck out 10 times.

Macias helped Hotchkiss’ cause with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh to break open a 2-1 game.

Dakota Coats blasted a solo homer in the fifth to give Hotchkiss a 2-1 lead.

Chick led Rifle at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles.

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