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Bulldogs 12-1, ninth in state RPI rankings

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Photo by Tamie Meck Marvin Guereque sends the ball over the fence against Olathe on April 2. Guereque, whose batting average for the season is .553, was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle in the Bulldogs' 14-5 win Friday at Dove Creek.

Last Friday's wins at Dove Creek and Nucla boosted the Hotchkiss Bulldogs baseball team to a 12-1 record and into ninth place in state RPI rankings.

The Bulldogs are on a 10-game winning streak after decisive non-conference games last Friday at Nucla and Dove Creek. In Class 1A, 11-4 Dove Creek is sixth in RPI rankings and Nucla (8-5) comes in at No. 14.

The Dogs opened the day with a nine-inning, 14-5 win over Dove Creek. Hotchkiss scored nine runs in the top of the ninth before retiring the Dove Creek Bulldogs.

Presley Pene was 3 for 6 with one HR, three runs and five RBIs. Yahir Chavez was 2 for 6 with one single and one triple, Brian Gonzalez had a double and triple and two RBIs; and Marvin Guereque had a single, two doubles and one triple for the game.

Dove Creek's three sophomore pitchers allowed 12 hits, six earned runs, five walks, and threw 11 strikeouts.

In their 15-3 win over Nucla (8-5, 1A District 1) the Bulldogs trailed, 3-2, in the top of the sixth, before producing 13 runs in the final two innings for the win.

Presley Pene allowed three hits and three earned runs, walked five and struck out 11 in five innings. Guereque closed, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out five.

In its final home game of the season, Hotchkiss hosts a conference game Thursday at 4 p.m. against rival Paonia. On Friday, the Dogs travel to Paonia for game two of the two-game series.

In a game originally scheduled as the season-opener, Hotchkiss will play at 3A Rifle (9-4, 4-2, 4A WSL) on April 30, and will complete regulation play May 3 in a doubleheader at Sargent.

The 7-3 Farmers are currently in second place in 2A District 1 competition and are 20th in the most recent state RPI rankings.

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