Aspen nine KO’d in 1st round of postseason
The Aspen High baseball team lost to Cedaredge 4-1 on the road Tuesday in the first round of the Class 3A Western Slope League district tournament, halting the Skiers’ promising 2005 campaign.”It was just one of those things,” Aspen coach Rick Ryan said with a sigh on Wednesday. “We didn’t play badly at all, but we hit into three line-drive double plays, and they made two diving catches in the outfield. We only gave up three hits in the game, thanks to Matt Fox, and we had seven hits ourselves. But we just couldn’t put together hits in a row.”Fox, Aspen’s senior ace, pitched seven innings for a complete game, allowing three hits while striking out eight batters. Fox did issue six walks – “Probably a career high,” Ryan noted – which cost the Skiers in the low-scoring contest.Fox singled in Aspen’s only run in the third inning, scoring senior catcher Brock Strasbourger, to cut the deficit to 2-1. Cedaredge scored two runs in the second inning, and added insurance runs in the bottom of the third and sixth innings in the 4-1 win.Aspen concluded its season at 8-11 overall.”We had three wins last year, so eight wins is really big for us,” said Ryan.”But the kids are just devastated. We really thought we’d go to regionals this year. We felt we were one of the top three teams in the league. Man, the seniors are just devastated.””It was just such a weird game,” Ryan continued, “because we kept hitting into those double plays. The game was over before we realized it.”Aspen entered the league tournament as the fifth seed out of seven teams. Cedaredge was the No. 4 seed.Meanwhile, the Basalt High baseball team was also ousted from the tournament Tuesday after a 10-0 loss at Hotchkiss. Basalt finished its season at 2-18.”We’re just all in a daze,” said Aspen’s Ryan. “We all thought we’d be moving on. But I do think we can carry some of this momentum into next year. It’s just that our league’s going to be very tough again.”Tim Mutrie’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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