Roaring Fork sweeps Gunnison
Post Independent Staff
CARBONDALE ” The Roaring Fork baseball team was bound and determine to beat the rain and get its doubleheader against Gunnison in on Saturday.
And it’s a good thing it did, as the Rams swept the Cowboys, winning the games 11-5 and 4-3.
Adding the two victories to its record, Roaring Fork moves to 3-3 in the Western Slope League and switched places with Gunnison (2-4 WSL, 4-8 overall) to move into fourth.
“It was great. It was really great to see these kids get these two games,” said Roaring Fork head coach Steve Kinney. “It puts us right back in the league.”
The Rams came out rocking in the first inning off the day, scoring six runs and getting a comfortable lead ” a lead they never lost.
Kyle Raaflaub pitched a complete game for Roaring Fork and picked up the win.
In the second game, Jake Bowman took the hill. He had a shaky start after giving up two unearned runs in the second inning, but shut the Cowboys down for the remainder of the game.
“Our pitching was awesome today,” Kinney said. “Kyle Raaflaub was really good and Jake Bowman was really good.”
At the plate, the Rams put up one run in each of the first two innings. In the first, Skyler McAllister walked, made his way around the bases and then scored on a bad throw when Jake Kinney stole second. In the second, Trevor Hunt walked, went third on a Cowboy error and Ram sacrifice and then scored on a past ball.
The Rams put a small rally together in the fifth inning to break the 2-2 tie. Bowman hit his third single of the game and moved to second when Kinney was hit by a pitch. Both advanced to the next base after Cowboy pitcher Kip Hefner balked. Then Raaflaub crushed a high fastball to left-center field for a two-run double.
“That was a key hit,” Coach Kinney said.
Roaring Fork gave up one run in the top of the seventh, before Bowman struck out three Cowboys to win the game. He finished with 10 strikeouts on the day.
After a rocky beginning, Coach Kinney is pleased to see his team playing better baseball.
“We had a tough start with the weather and missing kids, but then beating Hotchkiss last weekend really got us going,” he said. “Our bats have gotten a lot better.”
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