Aspen baseball pulls out clutch win over Cedaredge |

Aspen baseball pulls out clutch win over Cedaredge

Aspen shortstop Matt Beirne catches Cedaredges Tanner Burgess stealing during the first inning Tuesday in El Jebel. Beirne also had the game-winning hit in Aspens come-from-behind victory. Aspen Times photo/Mark Fox.

Aspen shortstop and lead-off man Matt Beirne came up with a clutch two-out hit to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Cedaredge in El Jebel Tuesday afternoon.Beirne knocked in Will Moore from second base and the Aspen High baseball team won, 8-7, in only its second home game (in El Jebel) of the season. Aspen pulled to even in the Class 3A Western Slope League standings at 4-4 (and 7-8 overall).

“Great victory. Just awesome,” said Aspen coach Rick Ryan. “It’s one of the best we’ve had. Awesome. We needed a close win and we hadn’t been able to get it. This is going to go a long way for us, I think.”After a big fourth inning for Cedaredge – six runs, but only one earned, after three consecutive Aspen fielding errors – Aspen trailed 7-2. “Our one bad inning,” Ryan sighed.

Aspen’s ace, Matt Fox, went four innings, then left with a sore arm. “And our No. 2, Dave Porter, came in and just shut ’em down,” said Ryan. “He didn’t give ’em anything, and it allowed for the comeback to happen.”Aspen scored three runs in the fifth to cut the deficit to 7-5. “And the sixth was big. We tied it up,” said Ryan, “on another two-out rally, with Brock Strasbourger driving in two runs on a hit down the left field line.”

That brought up the bottom of the seventh. Moore singled with one out, then Stephen Buzbee drew a walk. The next batter popped out for the second out, bringing up Beirne, a sophomore.”Then Beirne ripped it on an 0-1 count,” said Ryan. “And game over.”Tim Mutrie’s e-mail address is

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