Basalt baseball pining for a win |

Basalt baseball pining for a win

Steve Benson

It’s been a rough start for the winless Basalt High baseball team, but new head coach Seann Goodman feels the future is bright.

After losing the first game of a doubleheader with Gunnison 7-1 on the road Saturday, the Longhorns played tougher in the second game, losing 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh (and final) inning.

Goodman said Darren Deroux pitched “six innings of great baseball,” holding Gunnison to just three runs before he was pulled after the sixth.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, however, the Longhorns squandered their 5-3 lead.

After scoring a run to narrow Basalt’s lead to 5-4, Gunnison loaded the bases. The tying run was then walked home, and the following batter was hit by a pitch, giving Gunnison a 6-5 win.

“We should have won that game,” Goodman, in his first year as head coach, said Sunday. “That was the first time we held a lead this season, but the best thing is we are on our way up – we’re going to win some games this year.”

Goodman said the challenges that face any first-year head coach have been compounded by the death of Nick Alcorta, a former Basalt coach who was not only highly involved in youth baseball but was a beloved member of the community. Alcorta died from a heart attack last month while playing in a baseball tournament in Las Vegas.

“Alcorta affected our guys a lot, we’ve dedicated our season to him,” Goodman said.

The Longhorns are wearing Alcorta’s initials and number on the sides of their caps this season, and have named a part of their outfield “Alcorta Alley.”

On Tuesday at 4 p.m., Basalt faces Hotchkiss on the road.

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