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Rams miss out on playoff berth

Phil Sandoval

DELTA – The Roaring Fork Rams baseball season ended Saturday when they lost 12-2 in the third-place game of the Class 3A district tournament.

A 5-3 defeat to Eagle Valley in Friday’s semifinals, forced the Rams into the third-place game to determine the final available 3A state playoff berth.

Eagle Valley’s Justin Wood had two RBI hits in three at bats and J.J. Alvis shut down potential Roaring Fork rallies in the sixth and seventh innings for the win.



Eagle Valley took a 2-0 lead in the first and the Devils starting pitcher Steve Evancho, held the Rams in check until the fourth inning when Roaring Fork tied the game at 2-all.

Dan Markoya and Ben Wright scored on back-to-back Eagle Valley errors. The Devils scored twice in the fifth to regain the lead.



Down by two, Roaring Fork chased Evancho from the mound after getting three straight hitters on base in the sixth.

Jake Boyle reduced the Devil lead to one with an RBI single to left. Alvis took over and shut the door by inducing a infield pop-up, a strikeout and an inning-ending forceout with the bases loaded.

Jason Leninger added a much-needed insurance run when he blasted a titanic home run to the football stadium bleachers in the sixth.

No other information on the Roaring Fork-Hotchkiss game was made available.

Friday’s Semifinals

Roaring Fork 000 201 0-3 6 2

Eagle Valley 200 021 x-5 6 2

Jake Boyle and Quinn Garvik; Steve Evancho, J.J. Alvis (6) and Justin Wood.

WP – Steve Evancho, LP – Jake Boyle (7-3), Save – J.J. Alvis

ROARING FORK – Max Green 1-4 (3B), Chad Minor 1-3, Dan Markoya 2-4 (2B), Jake Boyle 1-3, Quinn Garvik 1-3, Ben Wright 0-1, Jake Bowman 0-1, Nate Cheney 0-3, Javon Beadroux 0-2, Misael Fernandez 0-1.

EAGLE VALLEY – Keegan Keltner 1-3 (3B), J.J. Alvis 0-2, Justin Wood 2-3 (2B), Shawn Bartlett 0-3, Brett Klahr 0-2, Jason Leniger 1-3 (HR), Craig Jagger 0-3, Charles Faulhaber 1-3, Steve Evancho 0-0, Chris Lopez 1-2.


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