The Paonia nine went 3-1 in two double-headers last week. The Eagles split their first games in a non-conference series against Nucla (3-1 overall, 0-0 2A San Juan League) on March 26.
Three home runs and a nine-run second inning lifted Paonia to a 16-5 win in game one over Nucla.
In the first inning, Michael Wilmore singled with one out, and TK Kendall sent a solid line drive over the fence just right of center field to give Paonia a 2-1 lead.
Nucla senior pitcher Seldon Riddle struggled in the second inning, hitting two batters and walking another to load the bases.
With no outs, Jorge Quinonez hit a grand slam homer over the centerfield fence. It was the first home run for the senior, who didn't play his junior year.
"When I hit it, I knew it was going far, but I didn't think it was going that far," said Quinonez, who was 2-for-3 for the game.
Colby Starks and Riddle scored runs for the Mustangs in the third, and Brad Campbell scored the fifth run for Nucla on a wild pitch. Paonia needed three runs to end the game early. Kendall singled, and Keaton Kropp followed with another single.
Senior catcher Jacob Leon, who struck out in the first inning, hit a walk-off three-run homer to left field. It was also the first home run for Leon.
Josh Altman allowed four hits and five runs in five innings. He struck out five and walked three.
"The team hit well," said head coach Drew Potter. "Three solid line drive home runs." But Potter wasn't satisfied with the win. "The defense still played really sloppy," he said between games. "We're going to have to do better than that."
Paonia opened game two with a 2-1 lead, but allowed three runs in the fourth inning for a 4-3 loss. The Eagles had four errors and were 7-of-27 from the plate for a .259 batting average. Leon and Wilmore were 2-for-3 for the game, with Leon hitting a one-run double.
On Saturday, Paonia bounced back from the loss to sweep a conference double-header against Rangely (2-7, 1-3, 2A Western Slope League).
Paonia opened with a 7-0 lead. Rangely put left-handed senior pitcher Bricen Polocios on the mound after Paonia increased the lead to nine on a two-run homer by Joel Simianer.
The Eagles increased the lead to 13 in the bottom of the third.
Opening pitcher Taylor Katzer had allowed one hit in three innings. With a 10-run win just two innings away, the Eagles put rookie pitcher Tyler Jackson on the mound in the top of the fourth, and Rangely put nine runs on the board. The Panthers scored one more run with Kendall on the mound to bring the game to within three.
Paonia continued its run at the plate, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth, and in the fifth, Quinonez hit a solo home run, and Wilmore hit a walk-off single RBI to end the game.
Kendall was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two doubles in the Eagle's 9-7 win in game two. Quinonez struck out seven and allowed five hits in 5.1 innings for the win.
Paonia will host a double-header against Meeker Saturday. The Cowboys are 1-3 in the WSL after dropping two games on Saturday to Hotchkiss.blog comments powered by Disqus