No. 2 Basalt ’Horns nip Rams
The Basalt Longhorns keep finding ways to win.
Tuesday’s baseball game against valley rival Roaring Fork was no exception.
The Basalt High School baseball team, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, rallied late to score a 4-2 victory in a key Western Slope League basebal game.
Cody Banc hit a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Basalt its 13th victory of the season. The Longhorns, with the win, improved to 13-1 overall, 12-0 in leauge.
“It was a tight game. A lot of good defense, a clean good game,” Basalt coach Rick Ryan said. “Once again, we found a way to win.”
He said the Longhorns counted on their steady defense again Tuesday night.
“Timmy Johnson, in left field, made some great plays. Tucker Jenkins, at short (shortstop), was terrific,” Ryan said. “I’m not sure either side had an error in this game.”
Spencer Glasener pitched a complete-game victory for Basalt.
“He pitched a terrific game,” Ryan said.
Glasener gave up a home run to Johnny Nieslanik, the Roaring Fork slugger.
“We had three or four guys thrown out at home,” Ryan said. “But that’s the way I play. I try to force runs in there.”
He said he likes to pressure teams to make plays against his aggressive base runners.
“That is Basalt baseball. We want to create chaos on the bases,” Ryan said.
He said Mark Barto had four hits in the leadoff position for the Longhorns on Tuesday.
“And Roaring Fork had been hot. They just came off that sweep of Aspen,” Ryan said.
The Longhorns will face two of the biggest games of the season today when Moffat County travels to Basalt for a makeup doubleheader, starting at 2 p.m. baseball team goes here
Basalt 12-1 overall, 11-0 in the Class 3A Western Slope League.
Roring fork 5-12 overall, 5-9 in conference
Basalt vs. Aspen baseball Wednesday? No.
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