Basalt baseball records first win | AspenTimes.com

Basalt baseball records first win

Tim Mutrie
Aspen Times Staff Writer

The feeling was more relief than excitement, according to Basalt baseball coach Nick Alcorta, but either way Basalt posted its first win in over a year in a 7-3 victory over Soroco on Monday in Basalt.

Unfortunately for Basalt, the momentum didn’t carry over to Tuesday as the Longhorns got crunched 22-0 at Eagle Valley.

Basalt now stands at 1-4 on the season, a marked improvement from last year’s 0-18 campaign.

“For the kids who lived through last year, it was an exciting day,” Alcorta said. “It felt good, but we’ve seen it coming. We’re going to win our share, but they were glad to get that monkey off our backs. It was more relief than excitement, to be honest.”

Against Soroco on Monday, sophomore pitcher Dylan Johnson threw a complete (seven- inning) game, including seven strikeouts and two walks. En route to his first career victory, Johnson didn’t allow a run after the third inning.

“He finished very strong,” Alcorta said. “It was an excellent outing. He did a much better job with location and pitch location. We needed that.”

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Senior centerfielder Ian Cunningham had a hit and an RBI, while freshman Connor Meyer stroked three hits, including a two-run triple. “He’s really come into his own,” Alcorta said. “He’s certainly one of the bright spots so far.”

On Tuesday at Eagle Valley, Basalt fell 22-0, but Alcorta said some positives came from the defeat.

“To be honest, it wasn’t that bad,” he said. “We knew we had a long shot at winning, but it was a good opportunity to work on situations, and the kids did all right. The kids played hard.”

On Thursday, Basalt hosts Gunnison at 3 p.m. On Saturday, Basalt travels to Carbondale for a doubleheader against Roaring Fork High beginning at 11 a.m.

“We’ve got a much better shot Thursday and Saturday,” Alcorta said.