Dogs 10-run Olathe; open league play this Saturday

By Tamie Meck

The Hotchkiss baseball team found itself without a game Friday after Dayspring Christian Academy in Greeley canceled its trip due to a snowstorm that hit the Front Range. In early-season rankings Dayspring is sixth in Class 2A state rankings, and Hotchkiss is ranked seventh. Head coach Blake Carlquist said the game isn't likely to be rescheduled, but he is looking at the possibility of playing another Western Slope team later in the season to give the Dogs the maximum 19 games allowed before playoff season opens.

Last Tuesday the Bulldogs defeated Olathe (1-6, 3A WSL), 12-1, in five innings at Hotchkiss. Jonathan Gonzalez struck out eight and allowed two hits in four innings, and Kale Litzelman allowed one earned run and struck out one in the fifth inning. Eli Kirk and Raul Mendoza both had two RBIs.

Hotchkiss was 2-1 for the season before facing Delta (4-3, 3A WSL) Monday. On Tuesday Coal Ridge opened its season against the Bulldogs at New Castle. Hotchkiss opens conference play Saturday at noon against Ignacio, and hosts a conference game against Dolores at 3 p.m.

Next Wednesday has Hotchkiss playing Cedaredge at 4 p.m.