Boyle nets pitches for two wins in one day
GSPI Sports Editor
CARBONDALE ” It’s not often pitchers are able to pick up a pair of wins in one day, but Roaring Fork’s Jake Boyle accomplished the feat Saturday.
Boyle pitched 9 2-3 innings without being charged with a run as the Rams swept Class 3A Western Slope League foe Gunnison.
After posting a 7-0 complete-game shutout win in the first game, Boyle worked as a the reliever in the second contest, helping Roaring Fork pull out a 16-15 victory in eight innings.
“He did a great job,” Roaring Fork coach Eric Nieslanik said. “He only allowed a handful of balls in play and just put us in a good position.
“He picked up two wins in one day,” Nieslanik added. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that.”
Boyle was nearly untouchable in the WSL opener. The senior posted 14 strikeouts, didn’t walk a batter and gave up just three hits.
“I didn’t really have that much on my fastball, but the control was there,” Boyle said. “And I could throw a pitch when I needed to.
“I credit most of my success this season to Nick Alcorta,” added Boyle, referring to the coach who worked with him last summer. Alcorta died two weeks ago while playing baseball in Las Vegas.
Boyle got plenty of offensive support in the league-opener, as every batter notched a hit. Misael Fernandez led the way with a 2-for-3 performance and a pair of RBIs. Max Green, Taylor Arbaney and Dan Markoya each went 2-for-4, with Green and Arbaney adding a triple and a double, respectively.
The second contest of the day was a see-saw affair.
Roaring Fork battled back from a 5-1 deficit with six runs in the bottom of the fourth, only to see Gunnison answer with a trio of runs for an 8-7 lead midway through the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth inning the Rams sent 13 batters to the plate and, keyed by an Arbaney triple and doubles by Markoya and Green, took a 15-8 advantage into the sixth inning.
Even the seven-run lead was short-lived.
“When we got our swing going it was contagious. Then we’d go on a dry spell and (Gunnison) would come on,” Nieslanik said.
That is, until Boyle came in.
The Cowboys drew to 15-14 with one out and a man on second when Boyle took the mound for the second time.
“My arm felt good after the first game,” Boyle said. “I probably would have liked to come in a little earlier.”
It may have saved an extra inning.
The second batter Boyle faced, Colby Greer, singled into center, allowing Chris Sumero to score and tie the game at 15-all. The score, which went against the statistics of reliever Casey Griffith, was the only run the Cowboys would muster with Boyle on the mound.
Boyle faced three batters in the seventh and again in the eighth, thanks to a nice double play from Boyle to first base to a tag out at third to close out the frame. He finished with three strikeouts, gave up two hits and didn’t walk a batter.
Markoya led off the bottom of the eighth with a double. An intentional walk to Arbaney and an infield single by Boyle loaded the bases. Jake Bowman struck a bouncer up the middle that was bobbled by the shortstop to seal Markoya’s winning run.
Markoya finished the second game with a five hits, three of which were doubles and three RBIs. Green was 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs and Bowman and Boyle were 4-for-5 and 3-for-5, respectively.
Roaring Fork improves to 2-0 in league play (3-0 overall). The Rams travel to Paonia for a game Tuesday.
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