Aspen’s Meyer belts two homers in losses to Hotchkiss
Aspen, CO Colorado
HOTCHKISS, Colo. – Taylor Mayer’s two home runs – including a moonshot that sailed more than 400 feet – weren’t enough to lift Aspen to a win in a baseball doubleheader at Hotchkiss on Thursday.
The Skiers dropped a slugfest of an opener, 21-15, and then ran out of daylight in a 6-4 loss in the nightcap, which ended after six innings due to darkness.
Offense and poor defense ruled the opener.
“There were a lot of errors by both teams,” Aspen coach Nate Grinzinger said. “On offense, both sides were producing.”
And Mayer produced quite a bit, going 4-for-5 with a home run that captured Grinzinger’s attention.
“It was one of the bigger home runs I’ve seen in high school baseball,” the coach said. “He almost hit the school at Hotchkiss. It was huge.”
Mayer also scored four runs and finished with two RBIs.
Quinn Morehead went 2-for-3 and scored twice for Aspen. Walker Moriarty and Chris Dreher each went 2-for-4. One of Dreher’s hits left the yard.
Christian De La Cruz collected two hits and stole three bases and Zach Babich chipped in with two hits for the Skiers, who dropped to 1-4 in the 3A Western Slope League.
Hotchkiss hit three home runs, one of the inside-the-park variety.
The teams cleaned up their acts with tidier defensive efforts in the second game.
Mayer launched another home run in that one and went 1-for-3.
Moriarty added two hits. Morehead and Dreher each doubled and Dan Munger, Lamont Gross and De La Cruz all collected a hit apiece.
BASALT – Kyp Schoon belted two three-run home runs as Basalt rallied to a 10-8 win over visiting Grand Valley on Thursday.
The Cardinals led much of the day before melting down in the late innings.
“Overall, we just can’t put a full game together,” Grand Valley coach Casey Coulter said.
Trent Reidle pitched well in the start for the Cardinals, going 4 1/3 innings and striking out nine.
“He was a real bright spot for us,” Coulter said.
On Tuesday, Grand Valley played host to Aspen and dropped a 12-11 decision to the Skiers. A six-run sixth inning lifted Aspen to the win.
ASPEN – Steamboat Springs topped host Aspen in girls tennis play on Thursday.
Picking up the lone win for the Skiers was No. 1 doubles pair Kayla Hansen and Maggie Brown, who defeated Steamboat’s Lauren Siegel and Sara Bears, 7-6, 2-6, 6-4.
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