After suffering their first loss of the season to Hotchkiss in early April and falling to 2A Paonia on April 16, the Cedaredge Bruins were hoping to halt a three-game losing streak at Hotchkiss on April 24.
The game was also a battle for second place in the 3A Western Slope League, which slipped out of the Bruins' hands after twin losses to first place Rifle the prior weekend.
But the game turned into a battle of the pitchers, with Bulldog Edgar Macias pitching a complete game for 14 strikeouts, no hits, and a 3-1 win.
The Bruins' sole run came in the top of the sixth when James Ledonne scored from second on a grounder by Greg Edgington to bring Cedaredge to within one run. With the bases loaded and the Bruins' tying run on third, shortstop Jacobe Galley snagged a grounder by Trent Walker and made a bull's- eye throw to Jaime Rodriguez for the tag at home. Macias walked Sterling Rose, and the bases were again loaded. With two outs, Macias struck out Aaron Henrie.
Devan Rupe scored the first Bulldog run in the bottom of the fourth. Rupe singled on a grounder to right field, and advanced to second on an overthrown ball to first. Rupe stole third, and a missed fly ball to right field allowed him to score.
With Rodriguez on third and Galley on first, the Bulldogs threatened to widen their lead, but the Bruins pulled off a rather unconventional double play. With Drew Beach preparing to pitch, Galley was tagged after an attempted steal of second. Rodriguez took advantage of the action and headed home, but he also got caught.
The inning ended on a strikeout by Beach, leaving two more Bulldogs stranded.
The Bruins brought in Sterling Rose to pitch in the sixth. Rose struck out Macias, and Conner Beard hit a grounder that took a high hop over the second baseman. Beard slid in under the tag at second for a double, then advanced to third on a passed ball, coming home on a single by Russ Evans.
Rose ended the sixth inning with three Ks. Cedaredge was unable to score in the seventh, and the game ended with a strikeout by Macias.blog comments powered by Disqus