Basalt baseball thumps Aspen
Basalt’s Nick Harris struck out six in six innings of work and went 2-for-4 at the plate, leading the Longhorns into the win column 14-6 over Aspen on Monday in El Jebel.
The win marked Basalt’s first of the year, and its first over Aspen in at least six years.
“Nick had a good outing,” said Basalt coach Seann Goodman. “He likes to throw hard, likes to be on the mound, and does whatever you ask of him. This kid has determination.”
Said Aspen coach Rick Ryan: “They kicked our butt, to be honest. They’re huge and they’re good.”
Sophomore Darren Duroux doubled and tripled and drove in six runs for Basalt, then he shifted over from first base to pitch the final three outs. Senior catcher and leadoff man Jake Rankin added RBIs and a few hits, according to Goodman.
Aspen junior Pat Faurer accounted for nearly all of the Skiers’ offense, going 4-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs.
Then on Tuesday, Basalt lost 12-2 to perennial power Eagle Valley. “We hoped to come up better, but it wasn’t quite as favorable for us,” said Goodman. “Eagle’s strong.”
Basalt improved to 1-8 overall while Aspen dropped to 1-6. Shifted to Monday afternoon following a rain out of a scheduled doubleheader on Saturday, another makeup game will be scheduled for later in the season.
Today at 4 p.m., Basalt hosts Grand Valley at the BHS field.
“It’ll be real competitive,” said Goodman. “We should’ve been able to compete [against Eagle Valley], we just had a lot of mental mistakes, but we should be able to take it to ’em [Thursday].”
On Saturday, Aspen hosts Gunnison for a doubleheader in El Jebel at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., while Basalt hosts Roaring Fork for a doubleheader at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at BHS.
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