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Short day for Rams

CARBONDALE – At least Battle Mountain gave Roaring Fork the chance to play under game conditions.So far as the quality of baseball goes, it’s up to who you talk with.The 18-3 win the Rams posted over the Huskies allowed Roaring Fork an opportunity to learn the strike zone. That’s good, because it’s hard to think the Rams hitters will face another pitching staff as wild as the Huskies were in Tuesday’s nonleague, mercy rule-shortened affair.Numerous walks from an equal amount of Battle Mountain’s misfiring pitchers set up abundant Rams scoring opportunities. And Roaring Fork took advantage.Jake Bowman, also Roaring Fork’s No. 1 pitcher, managed to bang out three hits and knock in four runs between the free passes. Parker Nieslanik went 2-for-2 with three RBIs.By the end of the third inning the game had already passed the 10-run-ahead rule. The only thing that kept the game going was, by mandate, a contest can not be stopped until the home half of the fifth inning.That allowed Rams coach Eric Nieslanik the opportunity to watch the entire Rams roster. And while the coach was pleased about what he saw of the Rams in their first game of the 2005 season, he said, “We’re not close to what we want to be.”Bowman looked sharp on the hill, throwing three shutout innings with four strikeouts while giving up one hit. In relief, sophomore Kyle Raauflab also recorded a shutout frame.Not a bad start for the young, untested Rams, who were hit hard by graduation.Coach Nieslanik’s aware of that. So, he’s developed a “wait-and-see” approach with the team, at least in the early part of the schedule.”We’re going to take things real slow,” he said. “We know we’re a long way off, but we did some good things today.”


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