Aspen baseball falls to Gunnison
When backup Aspen catcher Will Moore broke his thumb in the first inning of a doubleheader with Gunnison on Saturday in Aspen, things got dreadfully thin for the Skiers.
Missing half the regular starters due to an assortment of injuries and a class trip to Disneyland, the Skiers were left with only nine players after Moore’s injury.
“Right now it’s just one bad break after another,” Aspen coach Rick Ryan said. “Usually we keep our book in the dugout – but we had to give it to the fans because there was nobody left in the dugout.”
Aspen was blown out in the first game 13-1, but lost a close second game 7-6.
“The second game would have been a huge upset with what we had out there,” Ryan said.
And what the Skiers had out there was a team of five freshmen.
“We knew coming in we’re young and we’d take our lumps this year,” he said.
But as Ryan pointed out, this year’s growing pains have a silver lining.
“We’re going to be tough to play with in the next couple years,” he said. “This team’s pretty much juniors and freshmen, and they’re good freshmen.”
In the second game, junior Matt Fox got his first start of the year on the mound, pitching what Ryan called “tremendous game,” giving up only two earned runs.
Fox was also 2-for-3 at the plate, and junior Max Redmond was 2 for 4 with three RBIs, including a three-run triple in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“That almost paid off for us,” Ryan said. “I wanted to steal home so bad, but I waited one pitch too long.”
Redmond was left stranded on third after a strikeout ended the game.
“Every game these guys are learning something,” Ryan said. “But we need one of these games to go our way if we want to win.”
Aspen should regain most of its starting lineup in time for a home game with Eagle Valley on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m.
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