Coal Ridge ends season with doubleheader sweep of Basalt
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colorado ” After breaking the team huddle at Rifle’s Deerfield Park, Coal Ridge head baseball coach Steve Ryan found himself on the ground, wrestling with two of his players. Seniors Josh Alsop and Adam Miller, to be specific.
It’s a playful scene that goes down at the end of every season. And it’s a scene that, on Tuesday, came in celebration of a pair of season-ending wins over Basalt.
“It’s kind of a tradition,” Ryan said. “Josh and I wrestle at the end of every year. He just attacked me one day. It’s always the last day of the year.”
It’s a strange tradition, but one the coach doesn’t seem to mind all that much. Especially on Tuesday.
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Behind a complete-game one-hitter from Nathan Terrin in the opener and a steady, small-ball attack at the plate in the nightcap, Coal Ridge swept the visiting Longhorns 9-0 and 11-1 to close the 2009 campaign on a positive note.
The Titans finished the year with a 4-15 overall record, playing their best baseball in the final set.
After Terrin’s arm and three hits from Cole Ryan carried Coal Ridge through the opener, Jonathon Roessler put together a five-inning gem in the mercy rule-shortened second game. Roessler surrendered just three hits in shutting down the Longhorn bats.
“We had two great outings from Nathan Terrin and Jonathon Roessler,” Coach Ryan lauded. “Jonathon had a strong last game as a senior.”
And the offense backed his pitching effort nicely, parlaying five hits, four errors, eight walks and two hit batsmen into 11 runs.
Terrin collected a pair of hits, including a two-run bloop single in the third inning. Cole Ryan drove in a pair of runs with a double to the left-field fence in the fourth and Alsop and Kreede Davis added base knocks.
Kyp Schoon drove in Basalt’s lone run with an RBI single in the fourth.
Seniors Roessler, Miller, Alsop, Davis and Eric Schmitz all played their final games as Titans. One of the team’s youngsters, Cole Ryan, said sending them off on a high note was a goal going into the finale.
“Before the game, coach was like, ‘We need to do this for our seniors,'” the freshman said. “We came out and played hard.”
Tuesday’s effort was one the Titans knew they had in them.
Bad innings here and there are what have cost the young and inexperienced group in the past. Putting together a pair of largely mistake-free outings is something Coal Ridge hopes to build on.
“We could have won a lot more games than we did,” Terrin said. “We definitely have the talent.”
With a young and inexperienced group on his hands, Basalt coach Bud Hickman knows a thing or two about what the Titans went through. His team had similar troubles.
“You know, we accomplished what we wanted to do,” said the coach, whose team wrapped the year at 1-16. “We played a lot of younger players. We’re in building mode the next two years. We had three freshmen out there tonight. We have three sophomores, one senior and two juniors. The bulk of our team is young.”
Hickman doesn’t expect his young Longhorns to stay down long.
“We’ll get better,” he said.
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