‘Dogs stymie Rams
CARBONDALE ” The Hotchkiss Bulldogs handed Roaring Fork its first two losses of the season with a doubleheader Class 3A Western Slope League sweep over the Rams Saturday.
Hotchkiss won a low-scoring pitchers’ battle 4-0 in a game that wasn’t decided until the final two innings to open the set, then downed Roaring Fork 13-2 in a mercy-rule shortened second game.
The sweep kept Hotchkiss perfect in league play at 6-0 (9-2 overall), while the Rams drop to 2-2 (4-2).
In the first game Hotchkiss broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the sixth inning, touching Roaring Fork pitcher Jake Boyle for his first earned runs against of the season.
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“We made mistakes we couldn’t (afford),” said Roaring Fork coach Eric Nieslanik of the three unearned runs in the first game. “Hotchkiss is a good team and put the bat on the ball and got runs when they needed it.”
Boyle finished with nine strikeouts and gave up one earned run in the complete-game loss.
Although Boyle pitched well enough to get a win against most opponents, Hotchkiss hurler Curt Morgan was a bit better on Saturday.
“It was a tough day,” Nieslanik said. “(Hotchkiss) had some great pitching and we didn’t touch them. They kept us off balance all day long.”
Morgan finished with 10 strikeouts on the day and allowed just two hits for the shutout.
The Bulldogs wasted no time in the second game, jumping out to a 11-0 lead after three innings before Roaring Fork got on the board for its only two runs of the day in the bottom of the fourth. A two-run fifth inning gave the Bulldogs another 11-run lead and ended the game after five innings.
Pitcher Jake Bowman was saddled with the loss for Roaring Fork.
Rangely 10-13, Grand Valley 0-3
RANGELY ” Rangely pitchers held Class 2A Western Slope League foe Grand Valley to seven hits over two games to earn a doubleheader sweep over the Cardinals Saturday.
Rangely beat Grand Valley 10-0 in the opening game and earned a 13-3 decision in the second contest. Both games were shortened due to the 10-run mercy rule.
In the first game Colin Lauman notched a double for the Cardinals, while Sam McKinley and Jeremy Quick each had singles, but it was all the offense Grand Valley could muster in the contest.
The second game was more of the same. Grand Valley held a brief 3-1 lead after the top of the third inning, but Rangely answered with three of its own in the bottom of the frame and didn’t allow the Cardinals another run.
Lauman had a pair of singles in the contest, while Quick and Chris Brundle added singles.
Grand Valley dropped to 0-2 in league play (2-3 overall), while Rangely improved to 2-0 (2-4).
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