Hotchkiss and Olathe are now three and four respectively in 3A Western Slope standings after splitting a doubleheader Saturday at Hotchkiss.
Bulldog coach Jason Yantzer said he was hoping for more out of the games.
"We were a little off today," said Yantzer. "But at least we split it."
Yantzer credited Pirate pitcher Willy Cory, who was credited for the 6-1 win in the first game. "He threw really well," said Yantzer. "He's probably the best pitcher we've faced all year." Cory threw 12 strikeouts for the game and held the Bulldogs to five hits. His breaking ball was good and he worked the spots well, said Yantzer. Just when they thought they'd figured him out, "he'd switch things up again."
Cory also had a good day at the plate. With two outs in the top of the fifth, Corey hit a two-run homer, scoring Ben Kaylor and giving the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
With Marco Meza at bat, Kacey Miles stole third and Meza hit a single, allowing Miles to score the Bulldogs' sole run of the game
In game two, the Bulldogs took a one-run lead in the second when Russ Evans hit an RBI double to score Edgar "Eddie" Macias.
Hotchkiss had a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh, when Cole Grett led off and hit the first pitch for a home run. With one out, Kaylor singled, then advanced to second. With one out, Corey took first after being hit by a pitch. Kaylor stole third. Quick action by the outfield held the runners, and with two outs, Miles caught a line drive in center field to end the game.
"I'm proud of those kids for hanging on, for sure," said Yantzer. They were able to hold runners on first and third for the win.
The Bulldogs were also short utility player Jacobe Galley.
Devan Rupe stepped in at short stop and had an excellent day that included a double play.
Senior Ryan Pachl, a senior who hasn't seen a lot of action, played very well in left field.
Hotchkiss temporarily knocked Cedaredge off of the No. 1 spot in 3A WSL play with a 6-4 win last Tuesday at Cedaredge (see related story). That left the Bruins, Bulldogs and Rifle tied for conference lead before going into the weekend. After convincing wins over Aspen Saturday, the Bruins were back at the top of the standings.
Olathe (5-3 in WSL) will travel to Coal Ridge Saturday to take on the Titans. They played Gunnison Tuesday night at Gunnison.
The Bulldogs are now 4-1 in league play and will travel to Gunnison (2-4, 2-5) this Saturday.
In contests played in last Saturday's doubleheader at Aspen, Gunnison's Cowboys routed the Skiers in both games, and scored 13 runs in the first inning of game two.
"I'm expecting two really good games," said Yantzer. The Cowboys were a young team last year, and he said he expects them to be solid this season.blog comments powered by Disqus