Basalt edges rival Aspen in extra innings
BASALT – The high school baseball rivals added a new chapter Tuesday afternoon.
The Basalt and Aspen baseball teams played extra innings in their first game back from spring break before the Longhorns won, 5-4, when Tim Johnson scurried home from third base in the bottom of the eighth inning.
“Oh, my goodness,” Basalt coach Rick Ryan said after the Longhorns improved to a school-best 6-0. “What a game. It was one no one wanted to lose.”
He said the Longhorns needed a tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning after Aspen had taken a 4-3 lead, courtesy of a towering home run down the left-field line by Aspen’s Cameron Siewruk.
“He pulled it. I would call it a tall jack,” Aspen coach Clancy Philbrick said of Siewruk’s homer. “That put us in the lead.”
The Skiers collected another key hit, a double by Kai Love, in the next inning to take a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
“Then, we had two outs, two strikes with the tying run at second base,” Basalt’s Ryan said.
“Cody Hoffman singled up the middle to tie the game … two strikes, two outs,” Ryan said of the hit that scored starting pitcher Spencer Glasener.
Glasener was relieved by Nick Calabro in Basalt’s sixth consecutive victory.
Johnson’s hit to open the bottom of the eighth led to the game-winner when he stole a base and scored on a wild pitch.
“Aspen played great,” the Basalt coach said. “They made every play. They really wanted to beat a team that was ranked.”
The Longhorns are No. 7 in the latest Class 3A baseball poll by The Denver Post.
Basalt had to juggle its lineup with Jared Shimp, in his first varsity start, making a key play in the top of the eighth inning.
Jake Levy had three hits and several outstanding plays in the field, Ryan said.
“Patrick Martin pitched seven complete innings for us with no walks and only two earned runs,” Aspen’s Philbrick said. “How often do you see that? Seven innings, no walks.”
He said the Siewruk homer offered a lift for the Skiers.
“I was honestly more impressed with his defense (at third base) than his home run,” Philbrick said. “He had, I think, six putouts.”
He said the Skiers enjoyed the friendly rivalry game against Basalt.
Earlier, Basalt beat Aspen, 9-6.
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