Cedaredge's Terry Montoya and his young Bruins' baseball team, overcame last weekend's frozen field to complete a three-game series in the first annual Luke Oeltjenbruns Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Bruins were able to play two games on their home field but had to finish the third game against Pagosa Springs on Delta High School's field.
Cedaredge thought its field was prepared for play on Thursday, March 14, only to find out Friday morning field conditions were anything but ready for play. Montoya's walk through on Friday morning revealed thawing under the infield surface eventually producing a soupy mess in various places. An emergency work crew worked feverishly to prepare the field to accommodate a 10 a.m. game with Pagosa Springs. That did not happen.
Delta High School helped resolve the situation by sending a big portion of its ready-dry compound to Cedaredge in hopes of restoring the field to a playable condition. With help from the sun and constant field workup, the Bruins were able to play their scheduled 4 p.m. game against Bayfield. The Wolverines scored in all but one inning, in the six-inning contest, for a 7-5 victory.
The Bruins played their 10 a.m. game against Rye Saturday morning with the Thunderbolts posting big numbers in the first two innings to eventually win, 13-4.
Cedaredge's game against Pagosa Springs was played after Delta and Pagosa Springs' game, which had a late start, after 4 p.m. The Bruins jumped on top of the Pirates, 6-1, after three innings and held to win 10-7.
Bayfield 7, Bruins 5
Cedaredge's Dusty Emig limited Bayfield to single runs in the first two innings and trailed 2-0 going to the fourth frame.
Each team scored twice in the fourth giving the Wolverines a 4-2 lead entering the fifth. Another two runs from Bayfield and three from the Bruins left the score at 6-5 with the sixth inning coming up.
Bayfield closed out the scoring with one more run in the sixth to make the final score 7-5.
Senior Jared Reynolds sparked Cedaredge's offense with two hits and an RBI with sophomore teammates Isaac Blair and Trey Geyer picking up RBIs with one hit each. Bayfield's Max McGhehey and Andrew Morgan had two hits and two RBIs apiece to pace the Wolverines attack. Rhett Hoover also had two hits and an RBI for Bayfield in the win.
Morgan was the winning pitcher with four innings on the hill allowing three hits and two runs while striking out four Bruins. Emig worked five innings, gave up seven hits and six runs with six strikeouts in the loss.
Rye 13, Cedaredge 4
This Saturday morning game showed some signs of more thawing under the surface of Cedaredge's field. The game was played with Rye getting four runs in the first inning and another five in the second to bolt to a 9-1 lead after two innings of play.
Three more runs in the top of the third gave Rye a commanding 12-1 lead heading to the fifth. The Thunderbolts scored one more time in the fifth and Cedaredge tacked on three runs in its half of the inning to make the final score 13-4.
Reynolds had a double and three RBIs and Jacob Brown a single to account for Cedaredge's offense in the game.
Rye's Bryce Benz had a 4-5 day at the plate with two doubles and two RBIs and Jaxon Ortiz had two hits and three RBIs for the Thunderbolts.
Bruins 10, Pirates 7
Cedaredge sophomore Jacob Brown got off to a great start with three strikeouts in the first inning against the Pirates.
Pagosa Springs' pitcher Zach Haines retired the Bruins in their half of the first on a fly ball to right field and a pair of ground outs to keep the game scoreless.
The Bruins put together a two-run second inning after junior Sean Dale reached base on an error and Brian Hoerr walked. Dale stole his way to third before scoring on a wild pitch and Hoerr used the same method to score Cedaredge's second run of the inning.
Pagosa Springs lost an out in the top of the third when it batted out of order. With two outs, Alesandro Cardenas was walked. A two-base throwing error on a pick-off play advanced Cardenas to third where he scored on a Tyler Bowdridge single.
Brown retired the side on a strikeout to end Pagosa's half of the third inning.
In Cedaredge's half of the third, a walk to Kaden Schulz started a four-run inning for the Bruins. Schulz raced to third when a pick-off play at first went awry. A triple off the bat of Emig plated Schulz, and Emig scored on a wild pitch to make the score 4-1.
Dale started a new rally after being walked by Pagosa's new pitcher, Ryan Lewis, who had just replaced starting pitcher Zach Haines. Dale stole second and raced home on a throwing error by the Pirate's catcher. A walk to Hoerr resulted in Cedaredge's fourth run when Geyer's ground out to second scored Hoerr.
The Pirates outscored Cedaredge 6-4 the rest of the way but the damage had been done in the early going to preserve the Bruins' 10-7 victory.
Schulz led Cedaredge hitters with a double and two RBIs followed by Emig and Brown with an RBI each on one hit apiece.
Cedaredge's next diamond appearance is March 20 at home against Eagle Valley at 2 p.m. Later in the week, March 23, the Bruins play a double header in Cedaredge with games scheduled for 12 and 2 p.m. starting times.