Fans part of Basalt baseball’s record year |

Fans part of Basalt baseball’s record year

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado
Jon Mitchell/Post IndependentBasalt's Cody Banc slides safely into third base as Roaring Fork's Will Masters awaits the throw from home plate in the third inning of Thursday's game at Carbondale. Banc had three hits and drove in two runs for Basalt.

CARBONDALE – The Longhorns bring their bats, their gloves and their fans to the Basalt High School baseball games this season – especially the fans.

All three combined again Thursday when the Longhorns beat valley-rival Roaring Fork 15-2 in a game moved from Basalt to Carbondale because of weather.

The victory advanced the No. 7-ranked Longhorns to 9-1 in their most successful baseball season in history.

They are 9-0 and alone in first place in the Western Slope League.

“We just keep plugging along,” Basalt head coach Rick Ryan said. “We had 15 runs and 16 hits, but we didn’t hit the ball as well as we have been.”

He said the Longhorns were outstanding in the field again, this time in support of pitcher Spencer Glasener.

Glasener pitched all five innings in the run-rule shortened game. He struck out six and gave up four hits.

He was 4-for-4 at the plate and drove in three runs.

“He’s on fire right now,” Ryan said.

Tucker Jenkins, Nick Calabro and Cody Banc had three hits each in Thursday’s victory.

Banc and Calabro drove in two runs each.

Ryan said the steady defense, a trademark of the Longhorns, was on display again in Thursday’s victory.

“We made some great plays including a nice double play,” he said.

“Our outfield is really solid. Tim Johnson and Mark Barto played well,” Ryan said.

“Our defense really has been super, especially against Gunnison,” he said of last weekend’s sweep of the Cowboys.

“But we can play better. I think we played our best at Cedaredge, and we’re getting back to that level,” Ryan said.

He added that the Longhorns will face a tough doubleheader against Moffat County on Saturday at the BHS field.

The Bulldogs feature one of the Western Slope League’s top pitchers in Bubba Ivers.

“He’s the hardest thrower in the league,” Ryan said.

Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at Basalt High School.

Another large crowd is expected as the Longhorns continue to write their way into the BHS record books.

“Our fans really fill the stands everywhere we go,” the Basalt head coach said. “That really helps.”