Basalt sweeps opening doubleheader |

Basalt sweeps opening doubleheader

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado
Evan Glasener/Special to The Aspen TimesBasalt's Timmy Johnson slides home safely in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader at Coal Ridge High School. The Longhorns won both games to open the season 2-0.

NEW CASTLE – The Longhorns had to wait to open the 2013 baseball season.

But they didn’t wait to steal bases, score runs and win games.

The Basalt High School baseball team swept the first doubleheader of the year Saturday at Coal Ridge, near New Castle.

The Longhorns won the first game, 10-3. They dominated, 17-4, in the second game.

“We really hustled (Saturday). We stole a lot of bases, and we made a lot of plays,” Basalt head coach Rick Ryan said.

Tim Johnson led the way offensively for Basalt. He was 8-for-9 at the plate in Saturday’s doubleheader, with seven runs driven in. He also stole six bases.

“He hit the ball hard all day,” Ryan said.

Cody Hoffman drove in four runs for the Longhorns.

“They all came with two outs. They were pressure hits,” Ryan said.

Spencer Glasener pitched the opener for Basalt, striking out eight in 6 2/3 innings.

“He was terrific. He threw a lot of ground balls,” the Basalt head coach said.

The opener was close, 1-1, until the fifth inning.

“We finally broke it open with a Mark Barto bunt that scored Carlos Leal from third,” Ryan said. “That opened the gates for us.”

Nick Calabro started the second game for Basalt (2-0), with Barto pitching the sixth inning in a game shortened by the 10-run rule.

“I was really pleased we could win, and we still have so far to go,” Ryan said.

He said shortstop Tucker Jenkins made outstanding plays in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader.

“And I bet Tim Johnson had 10 putouts in left field,” Ryan said.

The Longhorns are scheduled to play Aspen on Tuesday.

That game will be played in Aspen or in El Jebel, depending on field conditions. A decision is expected Monday.

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