Roaring Fork takes doubleheader from Coal Ridge
CARBONDALE – A complete game, with one earned run, four hits and 14 strikeouts in an 11-3 win against Coal Ridge wasn’t enough for Roaring Fork pitcher Kyle Raaflaub. He returned to the mound in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader to throw three strikeouts and close out a 9-4 Ram victory.Jake Kinney gave up three runs and six hits and struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings before Raaflaub came in to finish off the game.”Kyle and Jake both pitched great games,” said Roaring Fork head coach Steven Kinney. “Kyle’s got an amazing rubber arm. He wanted to keep pitching so I put him in to finish the win. We needed it.”Scoring three runs in the first inning, Coal Ridge took an early lead in game one. After Jonathan Roessler reached first on an error, Josh Alsop and Zach Lyons followed with base hits with Lyons knocking in two runs on his. Brett Burrows added a double to score Lyons and the Titans went up 3-0.”This was a big step. Each game, more and more guys are hitting,” said Coal Ridge head coach Scott Schilt. His team played its first two seven-inning games (not shortened by the 10-run rule) of the season. “The freshmen are really starting to come along and learn the game of baseball.”After the first inning, Raaflaub settled in and shut down Coal Ridge’s offense. The senior held the Titans to three hits and walked one in the remaining six innings.”That first inning was kind of tough because of some errors and they scored two unearned runs,” Raaflaub said. “After that, our defense settled down and I settled down. Six scoreless innings, we need to do that from the start.”At the plate, the Rams were led by Kinney, who hit a double and a triple and recorded five RBIs. Oscar Beltman went 1-for-4 with two RBIs, while Michael Black drew four walks and scored three runs.Tyler Hunt crushed a two-run homer to left field to start game two. The Rams kept rolling in the second inning, scoring five runs with help from a Hunt RBI single and four walks. With the Rams up 9-1 going into the sixth inning, Coal Ridge made an offensive strike. Alsop, who also had an impressive day defensively behind the plate, led off with a double and, following a Lyons strike out, Coal Ridge strung together four straight singles to score two more runs.”Josh made some really good stops. He is almost like a wall back there,” Schilt said of Alsop, who went 3-for-3 in game two. “And he’s hitting the ball really well.”The Titans loaded up the bases in the bottom of the seventh, and after Roessler scored on a wild pitch, Raaflaub struck out the final two batters to preserve the win. Raaflaub credits his defense in both games in helping the Rams sweep the doubleheader.”Our defense has come a long ways. We weren’t that good at the beginning of the season; we are down to two or three errors a game instead of eight or nine in the beginning of the season,” he said. “That’s always nice as a pitcher.”Next on the schedule, Roaring Fork will travel to Meeker on Tuesday while Coal Ridge will host Rangely on Tuesday.
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