Gunnison Cowboys take two from Titans
NEW CASTLE – The Titans hit the ball hard a couple of times and made some impressive plays in the field, but couldn’t muster up a win in their home opener at Riverside Middle School on Saturday.Gunnison swept Coal Ridge in a doubleheader, winning game one 15-4 and game two 23-1.In game one, Titan Darren Mathews pitched two scoreless innings before Gunnison (2-2 Class 3A Western Slope League, 3-6 overall) got on the board with a five-run third inning. Jonathan Roessler contributed in all of Coal Ridge’s runs, driving in three runs and scoring another while picking up two hits.The first seven Cowboys to come to the plate in game two scored as Gunnison put up an 11-run first inning to earn a lead it never lost.The Titans’ lone game-two run also came in the first inning, when Roessler legged out a hit and Josh Alsop drove him home with a single to center field.”We’ve got more guys hitting the ball each game, it’s just a slow process building from freshmen and sophomores,” said Coal Ridge head coach Scott Schilt. “The top of the lineup (No. 1 Zach Lyon, No. 2 Roessler and No. 3 Alsop) is hitting the ball well. The middle, they are making contact, they’re just not driving it anywhere yet.”Both games ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.In the field, the Titans (0-4 WSL, 0-4 overall) mishandled a few balls, but also made some good-looking plays. Alsop made numerous stops and saves behind the plate, Jake Swiddle made a sharp stab on a line drive at third base and Lyon recorded several nice catches and gunned down some hopeful hitters from shortstop. Lyon also instigated a double play in the first inning of game one.”We turned two, we did some things really well defensively,” Schilt said. “We just aren’t putting enough balls in play yet.”Kip Kefftner made up a large chunk of the Cowboys’ offense, crushing a grand slam and a three-run homer on the fenceless field. He finished the day with five hits, scored seven runs and knocked in nine RBIs. Coal Ridge will play four WSL games in the upcoming week with the first at Hotchkiss on Tuesday, the second against Aspen at home on Thursday and then a doubleheader at Roaring Fork on Saturday.”Right now we are just working on getting the guys going, building on fundamentals one after another,” Schilt said. “We take all the positives we are getting out of each game and practice and working them into the next one.”
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