Rams Boyle whiffs 18 in 6-0 win over Basalt
CARBONDALE – Jake Boyle continues to top himself.
In his first game of the year as Roaring Fork’s starting pitcher, the junior threw a mercy-rule shortened, five-inning no-hitter.
For his second start on Tuesday against Basalt, Boyle allowed one hit, but set a school-record 18 strikeouts in a 6-0 league win over the Longhorns.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Roaring Fork coach Eric Nieslanik of his pitching ace, who tossed a game for the ages.
Boyle’s mark surpassed the 20-year-old school record of 14 strikeouts held by Rick Sorenson and Norman Sproles since 1983.
From the opening pitch, Boyle came out smokin’.
He opened the game by striking out the first 14 batters, whiffed another batter over the next five innings, then polished his gem by striking out Basalt’s last three batters in the seventh inning.
It was a good thing for the Rams that Boyle was in the groove because they weren’t hitting the ball. The Longhorns, who have yet to win a game this year, hung with Roaring Fork at 0-0 for the first two innings.
Roaring Fork broke through with a pair of runs in the Ram’s half of the third.
It was more than enough for Boyle, who was on cruise control.
Roaring Fork added a single run in the fourth, two more in the fifth and a solo tally in the sixth as Boyle continued to mow down the opposition.
The only blemishes to his ledger were a middle-inning walk and giving up a single to Basalt’s A.J. Hobbs in the sixth.
Taylor Arbaney had three of Roaring Fork’s eight hits – all doubles – with an RBI. Max Green had two hits, including a triple in two at bats.
The win raised Roaring Fork’s record to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the Class 3A Western Slope League heading into today’s non-league game at Glenwood Springs. Basalt (0-3/0-3) has a WSL game on tap today at home with Aspen. Both games are scheduled for 4 p.m. starts.
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ROARING FORK – Max Green 2-3 (3B), Ben Wright 0-3, Taylor Arbaney 3-3 (3-2B), Jake Boyle 0-4, Quinn Garvik 1-3 (2B), Casey Griffith 1-3, Misael Fernandez 1-2 (HR), Jevon Beaudroux 0-2, Dan Markoya 0-1, Chad Minor 0-1.
FRUITA – Jaci Reynolds shot an area-best 91 to finish 11th in the Wildcat Invitational at Adobe Creek Golf Course on Tuesday.
The Glenwood Springs High School sophomore’s round allowed the Demons to end the 14-team tournament in eighth place overall.
The combined team score of 301 was the best mark of the 2003 Girls prep golf season for Glenwood, which will host the annual Demon Invitational next Monday at the Glenwood Springs Golf Course.
All five of the Demon golfers had a good day and continue to improve, said coach Kathy Whiting.
Amber Kitchens shot a 104, Ali Tonozzi came in at 106 followed by Kammi Ivie and Malie Keller, who carded scores of 106 and 107, respectively.
Eagle Valley, a Class 4A school, won the team championship with 254. The score bested second place Grand Junction’s 256 by two strokes. Fruita Monument was third.
The Demons eighth-place finish was the best among area schools. Rifle, in its first action after spring break, shot a combined 310 for ninth place.
Grand Junction’s Audrey Butler won the individual title by carding a 80. Jessica McKay of Fruita Monument was a stroke back at 81. Eagle Valley’s Charly Hoehn and Kristin Walla of Aspen tied for third with rounds of 82.
Grand Valley golfer Niki Loschke’s 96 tied her for 15th place with Durango’s Kristin Harrison.
Jenny Hughes’s 101 was the best score among Rifle’s golfers. Caitlin Wagner shot 104. Christian Holybee was a stroke back at 105. Skylar Bell and Emily Schibi recorded scores of 107 and 127, respectively.
Basalt 11, Olathe 3
OLATHE – For the first time this season, the Basalt girls soccer team had its entire team available for play Tuesday.
That was good news for the Longhorns and bad news for the host Pirates, who absorbed an 11-3 shellacking here Tuesday.
Mariah Mulcahy paced the Basalt attack with three goals. Ashley Eaton netted two goals with three assists and Meghan Stewart added a pair of goals.
Brittany Pollack, Ukare Sano, Zoe Pratte and Sofie Stenstadvold scored a goal each. The win raised the Longhorns record to 2-0 overall.
Basalt faces its toughest challenge this season when it hosts Class 5A Grand Junction Central today at 4 p.m.
Rifle 2, Cedaredge 0
RIFLE – The Bears retained their unbeaten record in the Western Slope League with a 2-0 shutout win over Cedaredge here Tuesday.
Nicole Erpstead’s goal in the 23rd minute gave Rifle a 1-0, the Bears second score came on a pass that bounced off a Cedaredge player into their own goal. The win raised the Bears’ record to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the WSL.
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