The Bulldogs won their first conference games of the season, sweeping a doubleheader Saturday at Roaring Fork High School. They were the first games for the Rams, who come into the season with seven seniors and a well-seasoned team.
"Our pitching was quite impressive," said coach Jason Yantzer after defeating Roaring Fork 8-2 and 12-0. Game two was called after six innings under the mercy rule.
Starting pitcher Edgar Macias was slow to warm his arm up in game one, but once he did, "Then it was lights out, " said Yantzer, with Macias striking out a dozen batters and allowing one earned run and two hits in 92 pitches.
Jacobe Galley pitched four Ks, picking up where Macias left off to shut the Rams hitting game down in the final two innings.
Jaime Rodriguez pitched a shutout in game two, striking out nine of Roaring Fork's 18 batters. With a 12-0 lead, Marco Meza pitched the final four at bats to finish the game.
With only three errors, the defense also had a good day. "I usually hope for under two per game," said Yantzer.
While there were no outstanding heroes in either game, two Bulldogs players "had a great day at the plate," said Yantzer. Brayden Wilson was 5-8 and hit three doubles for the day, and Russ Evans was also 5-8 with two doubles.
The Bulldogs are now 3-0 after defeating Paonia, 2-0, in their March 12 season opener.
All of the games remaining on the Bulldogs' schedule are against 3A Western Slope teams.
Hotchkiss hosts Rifle in a doubleheader this Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. The Bears will be a good test for the Bulldogs. They are also off to a strong start with a 5-0 slate after double-header wins over Aspen and Olathe and a win over Coal Ridge.blog comments powered by Disqus