No wins yet, but BHS baseball’s on the rise |

No wins yet, but BHS baseball’s on the rise

Tim Mutrie
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Despite opening the 2002 season the same way it finished its winless, 0-18 campaign last season, the Basalt High baseball team is showing signs of improvement, coach Nick Alcorta said.

“I think we’re going to win some games this year,” Alcorta said. “We’re having fun, the guys are working hard and the pitching is coming along.”

Basalt opened its season Saturday at Debeque and entered the final inning with a 9-6 lead.

“But true to Basalt’s tradition, we found a way to lose,” Alcorta sighed. “To make a long story short, Debeque had runners on second and third in the bottom of the 7th with two outs, and our pitcher struck the guy out. But our catcher missed (the third strike), and somehow everybody scored,” resulting in a 10-9 loss for the Longhorns.

Basalt recorded 15 hits in the game, “so we’re swinging the bat all right,” he said.

On Tuesday, Basalt hosted its home-opener against Cedaredge and lost 17-6.

“To be honest, our pitchers just threw too many strikes,” Alcorta said. “We gave up at least seven hits on two-strike counts. Our defense is coming along, but they just out-hit us. Once we get our pitch selection and location down, I think we’ll be all right. We’ve got a good staff this year.”

Senior center-fielder Ian Cunningham stroked three hits, including two doubles, and sophomore catcher Jake Rankin had three base knocks.

With the loss, Basalt dropped to 0-2 on the season. Today, Basalt travels to Paonia for a 4 p.m. game, and on Monday BHS hosts Sorocco at 3:30 p.m.

“It looks much better this year. I like the group and I think we’re going to be in good shape,” Alcorta said. “I was pleased with [Tuesday’s] performance, as silly as that may sound.”

@ATD Sub heds:Aspen 11, Debeque 4

@ATD body copy: Behind a two-hit, 12-strikeout performance over six innings from senior ace Eddie Monge, the Aspen High baseball team earned its second-straight win of the season Wednesday at Debeque, 11-4.

With the win, Aspen improved to 2-4 on the season.

Aspen junior Josh Lackey led the offensive going 4-for-5, including a 3-run homer. Freshman Pat Faurer extended his hitting streak to six games (in as many outings), with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate. Junior second baseman Pete MacKellar went 3-for-4, according to coach Rick Ryan.

Aspen opens its Class 3A Western Slope League schedule on Saturday with a double-header at Meeker.

“We’ve won two-in-a-row now and we’re starting to play with a little bit of confidence,” Ryan said.

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