Cedaredge High School's baseball team has split the first four games of the year. A new regime of coaches are on board in Cedaredge and they have serious intent to make the Bruins the best they can be. Head coach Terry Montoya has 11 years in teaching and coaching.
Montoya's coaching career began at CSU-Pueblo where he played baseball as a pitcher. After graduation he was asked to stay on and help coach the pitchers, which he did gladly to be part of the program.
The last teaching and coaching assignments Montoya had were in Rye. He began commuting to Cedaredge in May of last year to begin preparing for work assignments for the new school year. Part of that preparation was upgrading baseball facilities at Cedaredge High School. After meeting with the parents of his baseball team, Montoya began working on the dugout for the home team and general sprucing up matters, including reworking the baseball field and surrounding grounds.
Montoya's vision of improving the baseball site got some greatly appreciated aid from local businesses (see related article in today's paper).
On the field, Cedaredge has played some upper division schools early in the season. Again, it was all part of Montoya's plan. "I scheduled 4A teams to start the season to show these guys that they can play with anyone. The concept of playing against the ball is catching on and we are learning the game and having fun. The one thing that I love about this team is that they are resilient ... they play for each other and I can honestly say we have gotten better every day. We just need to continue to work hard and continue learning the game. The exciting thing is that we have not yet played to our potential. Once we clean a few things up we will play this game very well. I am proud of these guys and proud to represent such a great school and community. It really feels like everyone has our backs and we will continue to work hard for them."
Cedaredge has done well in the early stages of the 2017 season and own a 2-2 record. The Bruins started with Eagle Valley on March 11 and lost a 3-1 decision in eight innings. Next up was a former 4A school, Cortez, which is now a member of Class 3A. Cedaredge cruised to a 13-8 win in that contest and got past 4A Glenwood Springs 4-3 on March 18 in Cortez.
Against Eagle Valley the Bruins scored their lone run in the fifth inning on a single from Tre' Labossiere to plate Chase Meyers. The Devils scored their first run in the third and then finished with a two-run eighth to scratch out the win.
Brandon O'Hern and Chase Meyers also had hits for the Bruins.
Against Cortez it was all business for Cedaredge. A 9-0 lead after four innings had the Bruins in control the rest of the way. Cortez managed to rally for eight runs the final three innings, but, it was too little and too late in a 13-8 win for the Bruins.
O'Hern and Labossiere led Cedaredge's offense with four hits each. The Bruins finished with seven extra base hits in the game, including a triple from Meyers, a home run by Colton Hoerr and a pair of doubles from Labossiere and doubles from Jacob Lewis, O'Hern and Hoerr.
Lewis got the win for Cedaredge with four and two-thirds innings pitched and six strikeouts.
Class 4A Montrose was next. The Indians had a four-run fourth and scored twice in the fifth to carry a 7-3 lead to the sixth frame.
Cedaredge rattled the bats for five runs in the sixth and the Indians scored twice leaving the Bruins down a run, 9-8, with one inning left to play.
Montrose scored once in the top of the seventh and the Indian's defense blanked the Bruins to salvage a 10-8 non-conference victory.
Labossiere had three RBIs while teammates Lindley and Meyers were responsible for two runs each.
Cedaredge finished its weekend tournament in Cortez with a win against 4A Glenwood Springs.
The Bruins had a 1-0 lead going to the fourth inning and came out of the inning tied 1-1. Cedaredge plated three runs in the sixth and the Demons rallied for two scores in the seventh to make the final score 4-3.
Cedaredge pitchers gave up five hits, all singles, to the Demons. Labossiere went six innings to earn the win and Brayden Blair struck out two in his one inning of work to close the game.
Hoerr's two hits, including a triple and an RBI, paced Cedaredge hitters in their eight-hit attack. Lewis also had two hits and an RBI for the winners.
Cedaredge will face Eagle Valley on March 22 in Gypsum at 2 p.m. and returns home for a Saturday doubleheader against Intermountain League's Monte Vista beginning at 12 noon.
The Bruins play Hotchkiss on Wednesday, April 5, in Cedaredge. Game time is set for 4 p.m.