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Error-plagued week costs Paonia baseball

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Photo by Tamie Meck Zeb Etter makes an inning-ending play at third base in the bottom of the third in Paonia's 4-2 loss to Coal Ridge.

The Paonia Eagles started this week with a 4-3 record and a lot of disappointment following a week plagued with errors and losses.

On April 2, six costly defensive errors resulted in a 4-2 loss to 3A Coal Ridge (3-4, 3A Western Slope League). Carlos Lozano allowed two hits and one run, walked three and struck out four in three innings. Grey Neal allowed six hits and three runs in four innings, walked two and threw six K.

Jai Petmezas was 1-for-2 with a double, Zeb Etter was 1-for-3 with a run, double and RBI; and Soul Connolly was 1-for-3 with one run and one RBI.

It was the lowest scoring game of the season for the Titans, who are averaging just over seven runs per game.

Errors also cost Paonia two games at the annual Gunnison Cowboy Invitational baseball tournament. Due to snow on Gunnison's fields, the tournament was held in Olathe and Montrose.

The Eagles opened the tournament Friday with a 10-4 loss to 3A Pagosa Springs. The Pirates took advantage of errors to score seven runs in two innings, and added three runs in the top of the sixth. They left a total of eight runners on base.

Soul Connolly put the Eagles on the board in the first inning, taking advantage of Pirate errors to score from second base. Grey Neal had two singles and a double and scored runs in the third on a triple by Zeb Etter and on a sacrifice hit by Jai Petmezas in the top of the sixth. Neal scored the final run in the sixth.

On Saturday the Eagles defeated Meeker, 9-5. In the final game of the tournament, Paonia took a beating in its 27-8 loss in five innings to Centauri. The Falcons had 24 hits for the game. Trailing 6-0 in the third inning, Centauri blew the game open with 18 runs.

Paonia remains undefeated in conference play. This Saturday, Paonia will host a conference doubleheader against 2-5, 0-2 Rangely.

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