Hotchkiss 9 enjoy start

By Eric Goold

The baseball team at Hotchkiss High School is wasting no time.

The Bulldogs, who last year made it to the 2A state semifinal game, made it known that they intend to be in Pueblo again this season and are off to a 5-0 start.

All of the Hotchkiss wins have come on the road. The Bulldogs' first home contest is a doubleheader versus Rangely on April 2.

The Bulldogs played a pair of games at the Ignacio Tournament last weekend. Hotchkiss beat the hosts 12-2 in the first game behind a strong showing from Cesar Gonzalez. The senior had four hits, drove in two and scored twice for the Bulldogs.

Hotchkiss then defeated Salida 11-1. Cole Carvill led the way for the Bulldogs with two hits and three RBIs.

The road warrior Bulldogs picked up their fifth win in Buena Vista, beating the Demons 5-0. Hotchkiss was paced by Eli Kirk's three hits.

Hotchkiss is at Meeker this weekend for a doubleheader, then goes to Olathe on Tuesday.