Roaring Fork doubles up on Cedaredge
CARBONDALE – Defense wins games.
That’s the lesson that Roaring Fork took away from their doubleheader win over Cedaredge on Monday.
The Rams committed only two errors in 12 innings against the Bruins and came away with two big wins over the Bruins.
The 13-6, 9-1 non-league victories moved Roaring Fork’s seasonal record to 8-6, and boosted their current winning streak to four straight games and seven victories in the last eight games.
On Monday, it didn’t take very long for the Ram defense to make a key contribution.
In the first inning of game one, Roaring Fork third baseman Jake Boyle put the brakes to a budding Cedaredge rally when he turned Cody Fouch’s hard-hit grounder into a double play.
Lifted by the defensive gem, Ram pitcher Kevin Armstrong responded by retiring the next five Cederedge hitters in a row.
In-between, Roaring Fork pulled out to a 3-0 lead, fueled by two of eight Cederedge errors they committed in game one.
The Rams rapped out four hits in the second inning, which included RBI base hits by Ben Wright and Chad Minor.
Fouch evened the score at 3-3 in the third after hitting the first of two home runs he would have in game one.
But, the Rams promptly took the lead back in their half of the inning with a five-run outburst.
Kevin Broadhurst’s leadoff homer broke the tie, and the Bruins add to Roaring Fork’s burgeoning lead with four more errors.
Josh Stewart, Ben Wright, Chad Minor and Derrick Edgar scored in the inning. Offensively, the Rams only had two hits in the third, but used a delayed double-steal for one run, and two infield bobbles for the other tallies.
Cedaredge caused a minor scare when they pulled within three runs of Roaring Fork’s lead in the fifth before the Rams secured the win in the sixth.
Roaring Fork sent eight batters to the plate in the inning, pounding three Bruin pitchers for five runs.
After Armstrong opened the scoring with an RBI single, Stewart broke the game open on a two-run double that reached the centerfield fence.
On the next at-bat, Seth Williams added some insurance with a two-run homer.
Armstrong scattered 11 hits while earning his fourth win in five starts.
Game two of the doubleheader remained tight until the fifth inning before the Rams exploded for eight runs to break a 1-1 tie.
Roaring Fork sent 11 hitters to the plate in a rally that produced eight singles for the 9-1 win that was called with one out due to darkness.
Stewart and junior Quinn Garvin led the attack with five hits in five at bats and two RBIs between them.
Broadhurst had the Rams’ lone extra base hit (a double) while going 3-for-4 as Boyle limited the Bruins to two singles in five innings from the mound.
The Rams have another doubleheader on tap this weekend when they resume Western Slope League divisional play with Aspen.
The twin bill is scheduled start at Ron Patch Memorial Field in Carbondale at 11 a.m.
Gusty winds, strong pitching and a few questionable calls behind the plate added up to a 10-6 Rifle win that snapped Eagle Valley’s four-game win streak.
The Bears (8-3) fashioned a 4-0 lead early in the game before the Devils narrowed the margin to 4-3 heading into the sixth. Then Rifle scored six runs, knocking Devils starter J.J. Alvis out of the game and then Micah Bernhardt, who relieved Alvis. T.J. Stanford followed Bernhardt and finished out the game.
Rifle’s offensive outburst began with a lead-off walk that buckled the knees of the Bears’ batter and appeared to be a strikeout pitch.
The Bears open a three-game homestand this afternoon, opening with Palisade at Cooper Field.
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