Cole perfect, Aspen cruises against Coal Ridge
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colo. ” Anderson Cole may have been halfway across the world, but that didn’t stop him from keeping his arm loose.
Squeezing in sessions of catch with his dad, Cole took advantage of whatever down time surfaced during his family’s spring break trek to Europe.
Apparently, those sessions served the Aspen pitcher well.
Cole hurled a perfect game against Coal Ridge on Thursday, pacing his Skiers, who hadn’t played a game in nearly two weeks, to an 8-0 win in the front end of a baseball twin bill with the Titans.
“I did everything I could to keep my arm in good shape,” said Cole, who pitched a no-hitter in an 8-2 win over Cedaredge on March 19. “It felt good coming back.”
Cole, a junior, struck out 13 of the 21 batters he faced on Thursday and threw just 69 pitches.
“He’s a big-time high school pitcher,” lauded Aspen coach Nate Grinzinger, whose Skiers went on to take Thursday’s nightcap, 7-1, at Deerfield Park in Rifle.
Deerfield Park is worlds away from London’s Hampstead Heath Park, where Cole said he spent a lot of time throwing a baseball around only days earlier.
He also spent a little time tossing tennis balls to a dog.
“That helped too,” joked Cole, who improved to 3-0 on the season with the help of big-time run support.
The Skiers doubled a 4-0 lead by plating four runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
Chris Dreher was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI, while Lamont Gross and Quinn Morehead chipped in with two hits apiece for Aspen.
Coal Ridge coach Steve Ryan likened his team’s defensive woes to a broken record. A record he’d like very much to fix.
Ryan watched his team commit five errors and muster just a pair of hits in Thursday’s nightcap.
“It’s like a broken record,” he said. “There are times we do some very nice things on defense and times we don’t.”
The bad moments cost the Titans in the second and fifth innings. Capitalizing on three hits, two errors and two walks, the Skiers struck for three runs in the former before using a hit, three errors and three walks to put four runs on the board in the latter.
Outside of those two disastrous frames, Coal Ridge held its own.
Pitcher Jonathon Roessler struck out seven and surrendered three earned runs in a complete-game effort and Korbyn Brown went 2-for-3 at the place. Rafael Fabela scored the Titans’ lone run on an Aspen error.
Dreher again went 2-for-4 for the Skiers, hitting his third two-bagger of the doubleheader in the second inning.
“Chris Dreher was a monster all day for us,” Grinzinger said. “He almost parked two balls.”
The wins pushed Aspen to 5-1 in the 3A Western Slope and 5-4 overall. Coal Ridge dropped to 0-7 overall and 0-6 in league.
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