AHS baseball hobbles along | AspenTimes.com

AHS baseball hobbles along

Steve Benson

Injuries continue to deplete the already thin and young Aspen High baseball team, and that didn’t bode well for the Skiers as they lost both games of a doubleheader to Roaring Fork at home Saturday.

Steve Buzbee, a freshman, was hit by a pitch and broke his finger in the first game, which the Skiers lost 9-3. The Rams continued to roll in the second game with a 10-0 shut out.

The Skiers fell to 1-10 overall on the season. “We can’t get a break,” Aspen coach Rick Ryan said.

(Aspen hosts Basalt today at 4 p.m.; see related story.)

Last week, the Skiers lost back-up catcher Will Moore in the first game of a doubleheader with Gunnison.

Despite Buzbee’s broken finger, Ryan said “he gutted it out and played most of the first game.”

And the Skiers hung with the Rams through the first half of the game. Heading into the fourth, the score was tied at 2-2.

In the second game, Aspen faced one of the toughest pitchers in the league in Jake Boyle. And to make matters worse, the Rams scored five runs in the first inning.

“When you’re going against Jake Boyle, that’s usually all they need.”

Ryan said junior Max Redmond has been “playing hot,” and freshman Andy Conarroe has been solid at first base. Carter Budwell, a senior, had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 in the first game and getting a double off Boyle in the second.

But Ryan said overall team hitting needs to improve.