Hit parade helps Rams record split
Roaring Fork played the hit parade, over and over and over, to split a doubleheader with state-ranked Eagle Valley in high school baseball Saturday.
The Rams, behind a huge day at the plate by Kevin Broadhurst, stunned the Devils and their vaunted deep pitching staff with a big 14-6 win in the second game of the twin bill at Patch Memorial Field in Carbondale.
The Eagle Valley, behind the pitching of TJ Stanford and the early spark from Micah Bernhardt, won the opening game 10-4.
But in the nightcap, Broadhurst homered twice, going 3-for-4 and driving in four runs for the Rams.
He had gone 2-for-2 in the first game, giving him a 5-for-6 afternoon against the Eagle Valley pitchers.
“We got some great key hits in that second game,” said Roaring Fork coach Eric Nieslanik.
“The kids did a good job.”
And the key hits came early, as in the first inning.
The Rams matched the Devils with three runs in the first. But then the offense rolled on and Roaring Fork scored twice in the second and five times in the third to pull away.
Three more Ram runs came in the fifth as Roaring Fork protected the pitching of Kevin Armstrong.
“We really needed that,” Nieslanik said of the Roaring Fork win over a highly regarded Eagle Valley squad.
“This will help our confidence. We played a real good team today. They’ll be a force deep into the season and the playoffs,” Nieslanik said of the Eagle Valley club, which suffered its first conference loss.
Roaring Fork fielded a lineup that included Dan Markoya, Chad Minor, Jake Boyle, Ben Wright, Quin, Seth Williams and Edgar, along with Stewart, Broadhurst and Armstrong.
In the opener on Saturday, Eagle Valley struck quickly with six first-inning runs. The Rams managed two against the Devils in the fourth. But that was all – until the hard-hitting second game when Roaring Fork totaled 14 hits.
The Rams will return to action with a nonleague doubleheader in Glenwood Springs on Tuesday. Play will begin at 4 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Middle School field in West Glenwood.
Rifle takes two
The Rifle High School baseball team racked up two more wins over the weekend.
The Bears beat Denver East 9-3 on Saturday, after using a pair of big innings to roll past Middle Park 13-2 on Friday.
In topping Middle Park, the Bears scored six times in the second inning and added two more in the fourth.
They finished their scoring with five more runs in the seventh, finishing with 10 hits in all.
Jason Enewold picked up the win with four scoreless innings for Rifle. He was relieved in the fifth by Scott Van Slyke.
Nick Krick laced three doubles to lead the Rifle attack. Owen Madison added three hits, including two doubles.
On Saturday, Danny Fedirko pitched a complete-game victory for the Bears, limiting Denver East to single runs in the first, third and fourth innings.
Rifle scored four runs in the first to take an early edge. Holgate picked up three hits for the Bears. Josh May and Blake Barth added two hits each for Rifle.
May also drove in two runs. Krick added an RBI-double for Rifle.
The wins boosted Rifle to 4-2 overall. They remain 2-1 in the Western Slope League.
Denver East fell to 5-2 with the loss to Rifle.
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