Basalt baseball bounces back with victory |

Basalt baseball bounces back with victory

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Basalt's Lucy Ugguccioni battles with Coal Ridge's Paige Ryan during a match earlier this season.
Jim Ryan/Special to The Aspen Times |

The Basalt High School baseball team charged back into the conference win column this week with a 10-0 shutout victory at Roaring Fork in Carbondale.

Nick Calabro led the Longhorns. He pitched the shutout, allowing only one hit. He struck out seven.

Calabro also homered in the first inning with a runner on base to stake the Longhorns to an early lead.

Calabro, Tucker Jenkins and Carlos Leal had two hits each in the Western Slope League victory.

“Carlos Leal had two outstanding defensive plays at second base,” Basalt head coach Bud Hickman said. “Once again, it was a team effort.”

He said Cody Banc and Mark Barto made several difficult plays in the outfield in the conference win over the Rams.

“We met our team goal with great pitching, aggressive base running, excellent hitting and great defense,” Hickman said as the Basalt boys improved to 4-2 in league play. “Our plan is to take this momentum to Gunnison on Saturday.”

Hickman, a longtime coach in the valley, is in his first year as the head coach at Basalt High School.

The Longhorns will play a key conference doubleheader in Gunnison, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Basalt will host Meeker on April 15 and Aspen on April 17.

The Basalt baseball team will travel to Craig for a doubleheader against Moffat County on April 19.

The Basalt JV team also won over Roaring Fork this week with Miles Levy and Ben Haag pitching for the young Longhorns.

“This freshman class reminds me of the present senior class with their love of the game,” Hickman said.

Girls soccer

The Basalt High School girls soccer team, coming off two consecutive Western Slope League victories, will return to the field for a match against Roaring Fork at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The match will be played on the Basalt High School soccer field.

The Longhorns, led by first-year head coach Andrew Huntsman, shut out Colorado Rocky Mountain School by a 4-0 margin on April 1.

A week earlier, the Basalt girls shut out Rangely 5-0.

The BHS girls soccer team is 3-3-0 overall and 3-0-0 in conference play.

The Basalt girls will host Coal Ridge on Tuesday, April 15.

The Longhorns will travel to Parachute to face Grand Valley on April 17.

Two days later, the Basalt girls soccer team will play at Vail Mountain School.