Longhorns rally past Grand Valley
BASALT ” Basalt sophomore Zack Southward drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, capping off a six-run rally that lifted Basalt over Grand Valley 14-13 for their second win of the week, and the season, Thursday at the BHS field.
Tied at 8-all heading into the seventh, Grand Valley tallied five runs to take a 13-8 advantage. Sam McKinley and Zach Hayes each had RBI singles in the frame. An RBI double from Jeremy Quick, who eventually scored on a wild pitch, and Colin Lauman’s sacrifice fly gave the Cardinals a 13-8 advantage.
It was short-lived, however, as the Grand Valley bullpen couldn’t protect the lead.
“The coaches felt that this was just a great team victory,” Basalt coach Seann Goodman said. “Everyone did what they needed to do when the time came. They supported each other and made it happen together.
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“We had a lot of guys with big RBIs in that final inning, but obviously Zack’s was the biggest.”
It was the second time in as many innings the Cardinals let a substantial lead slip away.
Powered by a two-run shot by Quick in the sixth, Grand Valley led 8-5 heading into the bottom of the frame, but Cardinals pitchers walked in three runs to even the score at 8-all.
Quick finished with three hits in all, including the homer and a double, while Sam McKinley got on base five times with three singles and two walks.
Class 3A Basalt, which beat Aspen on Monday, improved to 2-8 overall on the season. Grand Valley, a Class 2A squad, drops to 3-6.
Basalt senior shortstop A.J. Hobbs got on base five times ” with four walks and one RBI base hit ” and he scored twice with aggressive base-running on passed balls from third base, Goodman said. Senior catcher Jake Rankin contributed a couple hits, and also kept Grand Valley base-runners in check by picking off two runners.
– On Wednesday, Grand Valley dropped a league doubleheader to Meeker, 17-6 and 12-11.
A nine-run third inning sealed the first contest for Meeker, but the second game went down to the wire. Meeker broke an 8-all tie with two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings.
Grand Valley answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 12-11, but couldn’t cross the plate again.
– Grand Valley’s contest against Soroco slated for Saturday was canceled.
Rifle 11, Battle Mountain 1
RIFLE ” Rifle scored eight runs in the fourth inning as the Bears rolled to a mercy-rule shortened 11-1 victory over Battle Mountain in Class 4A Western Slope League play here Thursday.
Matt Jones led the Rifle offense with a 3-for-3 day which included a pair of RBIs, while Shane Fazzi and Wade Clapier were both 2-for-2.
Pitcher Adam Krick notched his first victory of the season, pitching the complete six innings and giving up one earned run with six strikeouts.
With the victory, Rifle improved to 4-2 in WSL play (7-4 overall).
Roaring Fork 8, Moffat County 2
CRAIG ” Dan Markoya pitched a two-hitter and went 3-for-4 from the plate as Class 3A Roaring Fork downed Class 4A Moffat County 8-2 in prep baseball action here Thursday.
Markoya pitched six innings with nine strikeouts. Only one of the runs was earned. Jake Bowman finished off the game, throwing a scoreless seventh frame.
Bowman was also 3-for-4 from the plate. Both Bowman and Markoya had two RBIs and knocked a pair of doubles.
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