Bulldogs bounce back, take two from Bruins

By Eric Goold


The baseball team at Hotchkiss High School didn't need much time to bounce back.

The Bulldogs recovered from their first loss of the season and beat Cedaredge in a doubleheader last Saturday.

The wins were just what the doctor ordered after the 3-0 loss last Tuesday at No. 1 Paonia.

"That was a big loss to Paonia, that really hurt us," sophomore Eli Kirk said. "But this got us back on the right track. I think we're fine. That just makes us want to get them the next time."

Kirk pitched Hotchkiss to an 8-3 win over the Bruins in game one of the twinbill. The left hander went the full seven innings, allowed four hits and three runs. He struck out seven Bruins and walked four.

Making matters difficult for everyone on the diamond was a fierce wind that blew all afternoon, kicking up sand and debris that flew across the field and into batters' eyes.

"I was throwing alright, it was a long game," Kirk said. "Cedaredge worked me pretty good. I was getting tired there at the end."

Kirk adjusted to the conditions and the Bruins lineup and went the distance for the Bulldogs.

"My curveball started giving out on me so I was just throwing fastballs," Kirk said. "I was working hard out there. They're a good team."

Hotchkiss helped Kirk's cause by putting up four runs in the first inning off of Cedaredge starter Jacob Lewis. Dom Beck led the way with two hits and two RBIs for the victors.

Cesar Gonzalez, Parker Katzdorn and Chase Hiatt contributed two hits apiece for the Bulldogs' offense.

Gonzalez pitched the game-two win, striking out 12 Bruins and surrendering five hits in the contest.

Alex Aguilera led the way for the Bulldogs from the plate in the second game, getting two hits, an RBI and scoring twice.

Gonzalez scored three runs to help his own cause and Beck also crossed the plate three times for Hotchkiss. Catcher Colton Hoerr scored the lone run for Cedaredge.