Baseball: Gunnison routs Aspen |

Baseball: Gunnison routs Aspen

Michael Appelgate
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

EL JEBEL – Despite being outscored 32-8 in two blowout losses to visiting Gunnison on Saturday, Skiers baseball coach Mark Hinch is doing his best to keep things positive.

“These guys are great,” he said. “We got hammered. I’m not going to make any concessions about that. I have addressed what’s in their hearts, not their incapability on hitting and fielding.”

The Cowboys wasted no time scoring in the opener, plating nine in the first three innings to Aspen’s one. The Skiers (0-10) scored five in the fifth to extend the game, but Gunnison ultimately prevailed, 17-6, in seven innings.

“I sense if we could’ve gone out and we got ahead, that would have made a big difference,” Hinch said. “But we didn’t. They do have really good, sound players, and they hit well and kept the errors to a minimum.”

In the second game, the Cowboys (4-5) batted around and scored 13 runs in the first inning on seven hits and four Aspen errors. Skiers pitcher Stephan Papenfus was lit up as the first eight Gunnison batters reached base. He was replaced by Josh Garcia after just two-thirds of an inning.

Cowboys hurler Cody Henry made sure that lead held up. He struck out five while surrendering just three hits in five innings.

Aspen’s only scoring opportunity came in the third when it put runners on third and second with two outs. Kalen Gabow scrapped out an infield hit to drive in two.

Henry gave up just one more hit in the final two innings, handing Aspen a 15-2, mercy rule shortened loss.

“There were some pretty good plays on our defense and our offense,” Hinch said. “My pitchers are still trying to nail it down.”

Aspen hosts rival Basalt at 4 p.m. Tuesday in El Jebel.

Basalt (3-6) picked up its second and third games of the season Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Grand Valley (2-6).

Tanner Banc shook off early struggles on the mound to lead the Longhorns in Game 1. After giving up three runs – including a two-run home run – in the top of the first, the Basalt offense responded with seven runs in the bottom of the inning.

Banc struck out seven in four innings of work. The game ended in the fifth with Basalt on top, 19-3.

Spencer Glasener mimicked Banc’s performance in Game 2, fanning seven after surrendering two runs in the first.

Banc got involved on the offensive end, hitting a game-ending RBI single in the sixth inning for a final score of 12-2.

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