Aspen nine strong for seven innings |

Aspen nine strong for seven innings

Tim Mutrie
Aspen Highs Nicky Anastas swipes second base as Basalt second baseman Jimmy Ayers covers the bag and shortstop Brian Mason backs up during the second inning in Basalt Tuesday. Aspen Times photo/Mark Fox.

The look-alive Aspen High baseball team strung together seven strong innings Tuesday to beat Basalt 15-9 at the BHS field.Aspen senior David Porter recorded the win in 4 2/3 innings of work. He also drove in two runs on a long double to the right-center gap in the five-run, bat-around fourth inning for the Skiers.

Aspen improved to 5-6 overall on the season and 2-2 in Class 3A Western Slope League play. Basalt dropped to 1-4 overall and in league.Senior catcher Brock Strasbourger scored three runs for Aspen, drew two walks, singled in two runs during the big fourth inning and added two other RBIs. Senior third baseman Pat Faurer singled with the bases juiced to drive in a pair in the fourth. He came on to pitch and close out the Longhorns in the top of the seventh.”We’re way ahead of where we’ve been in the past,” said Aspen coach Rick Ryan. “Today, we know we didn’t play that well, particularly on defense, but a win’s a win.”

Basalt junior Darren Duroux went 2-for-4 for the ‘Horns, including a solo homer. Duroux also pitched several innings after moving over from first base. Basalt junior Navardo Javalera went 3-for-4 on the day.”We’re young, with just one senior and four juniors, but it’s slowly coming together,” said Basalt coach Bruce Matherly. “We’re working hard to become fundamentally sound, and I think it all bodes well for the future. We’ve got a really good nucleus going.”Aspen faces the undefeated Olathe in a doubleheader in El Jebel Saturday. Games start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. “They’re good,” said coach Ryan, “but we think we can take ’em.”

Basalt hosts Debeque at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.Tim Mutrie’s e-mail address is

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