A year ago at this same time, the Bruins and Hotchkiss had similar records and it was Hotchkiss sporting a perfect season mark coming into their game with the Bruins. Cedaredge knocked off the Bulldogs and had a 6-1 record. Cedaredge made the playoffs and had a great season.
The Bulldogs didn't do too badly either.
On Tuesday, April 3, the two WSL foes met in Cedaredge under similar circumstances as last season. This time it was Cedaredge with the perfect record and Hotchkiss used nine innings to win a 6-4 decision to give the Bruins a 6-1 mark.
The Bulldogs are listed third in 3A WSL play as they missed a double-header against Aspen on March 31.
The Skiers, on spring break, could not field a team to play the Bulldogs and opted to reschedule, if that option was available. Hotchkiss' win leaves the Bulldogs at 4-1 with Rifle and Cedaredge tied in league play at 6-1. The only loss to Rifle was an 11-3 setback to Hotchkiss in the second game of a doubleheader on March 24. Hotchkiss' league loss was against Rifle, 2-1, in the first game of that doubleheader.
The Bruins will face Rifle on April 21 in Cedaredge for double-header action beginning at 11 a.m.
Against the Bulldogs, Cedaredge's starting pitcher Drew Beach held Hotchkiss to no runs for the first two innings of play. In the third inning, Hank Edwards reached on an error and scored on Jaime Rodriquez's double to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead they would keep until the sixth inning.
Edgar Macias started on the hill for Hotchkiss and kept Cedaredge hitters off balance for much of six innings. Macias fanned all three batters he faced in the third inning and finished the game with 10 strikeouts (12 counting dropped third strikes and throws to first for the out).
This defensive struggle became offensive in the sixth inning with Hotchkiss picking up three runs on five hits, including doubles from Brayden Wilson and Edwards, and a triple by Macias.
Hotchkiss got its bats to working in the bottom of the inning and plated two runs that chased Macias from the mound.
The Bruins tied the game in the bottom of the seventh after Sam and Peter Williamson scored after being walked to lead the inning off.
Devan Rupe led off the top of the ninth for Hotchkiss with a single and Rodriquez, squaring to bunt, pushed a pop up over the head of Sterling Rose who had come in to pitch in the top of the sixth. Both runners scored and the Bulldog defense held to score the 6-4 victory.
Even though it was a loss, Cedaredge coach Randy Brown was optimistic. "I learned today that I have 15 guys who are willing to compete to the end. I appreciate that effort. I also have five seniors with leadership. That's phenomenal."
In continuing, Brown knows his team is not through in 2012. "This game made us better. It wasn't an easy win for Hotchkiss. We'll take our lumps now to make us better later."
Beach the starter for Cedaredge wore down in the sixth inning with Sterling Rose stepping in to take over. Beach went five and two-thirds and gave up 11 hits and four runs. Rose had six strikeouts in his three and a third innings giving up three hits and two runs.
Macias went six and two thirds giving up just four runs. During his stint on the mound, Macias was sharp up to the sixth inning. In the early going,
Macias had his best pitch, a changeup curve, working to his advantage. "I have a lot of confidence and I don't panic," noted Macias. He has been pitching since he was six and showed a strong command of his pitches.
The Bruins are in Aspen this Thursday (April 12) to take on the Skiers in doubleheader action beginning at 1 p.m.
Cedaredge is in Paonia on Monday, April 16 for a 3 p.m. contest between two high-powered teams.
Hotchkiss' next ballgame is set for Saturday, April 14, with game one, of a doubleheader against Gunnison's Cowboys, scheduled for 11 a.m. The second game is set for 1 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus