The weekend couldn't have gone any better. After defeating Cedaredge on April 24 (see related story) and claiming wins over Basalt Saturday and Aspen Monday, the Bulldogs are tied for first in 3A Western Slope League competition.
Rifle was one game ahead of the Bulldogs going into the weekend, but dropped their second game of the season Saturday, against Gunnison, leaving Hotchkiss and Rifle both with a 15-2 overall, 14-2 league record. Rifle will finish regular-season play with two games against Basalt (5-11, 5-10) on Friday and Hotchkiss will host Coal Ridge (3-12) Saturday.
If both teams end scheduled games with only two losses said Hotchkiss head coach Jason Yantzer, then Rifle wins the tiebreaker and Hotchkiss will place second heading into district playoffs.
The Bulldogs are showing no signs of letting up as their schedule winds down. Yantzer said the games against Basalt "went very well."
Hotchkiss ended game one against the Longhorns in five innings under the 10-run mercy rule. They opened with one run in the top of the first, then added six more runs in the second, aided by a grand slam homer by Jacobe Galley, for a 7-1 lead. They wrapped up the game with four runs in the top of the fifth for the 12-1 win. Edgar Macias opened with nine strikeouts in four innings, and Galley closed out the game with three Ks.
Hotchkiss held the Longhorns to just two hits for the game, scoring their sole run on a single RBI by Nick Calabro in the second.
Hotchkiss opened game two with two runs. The Longhorns scored one run in the fourth and added a second in the fifth. The Bulldogs scored two runs in the sixth inning, "... but it was close until the seventh inning," said Yantzer. The Bulldogs held a mere two-run lead going into the final inning, then broke loose to score eight runs. The Longhorns could only muster one run in the final inning, and the Bulldogs walked away with a 14-5 win.
Jaime Rodriguez pitched a winning game two, said Yantzer, throwing nine strikeouts in four innings. Rodriguez had a great day at the plate, hitting for the cycle in game two. Rodriguez is the first Bulldog to perform that feat, which includes hitting a single, double, triple and home run, since Patrick Sullivan hit for the cycle against Coal Ridge in 2010.
In a make-up doubleheader on Monday afternoon, the Bulldogs held the Aspen Skiers to just one run to win 17-1 and 10-0. Both games ended after five innings. The Skiers (0-16) are a young team of mostly freshmen and sophomores, and are playing under a new head coach. They pulled off two double plays against the Bulldogs in game two, but otherwise posed little threat to their host team.
Game one of Saturday's doubleheader against Coal Ridge begins at 10 a.m., at the K-8 park, with game two scheduled to begin at noon.blog comments powered by Disqus