Preps: Basalt baseball opens season with sweep |

Preps: Basalt baseball opens season with sweep

Mark Barto of the Longhorns takes a swing against Coal Ridge last weekend during the season-opening games at Basalt High School. The Longhorns won both games of a doubleheader against visiting Coal Ridge.
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Yes, baseball.

Spring weather aside, the high school baseball season is off and running.

The Western Slope League defending champion Basalt Longhorns started the defense of their 2013 league title with a doubleheader sweep of Coal Ridge last weekend at Basalt High School.

The Longhorns, under veteran coach Bud Hickman, beat the Titans 9-8 and 15-7.

Hickman, a longtime coach in Aspen, took over the Basalt baseball program this year.

“Overall, I was pleased with the positive attitude and how the team put things together,” Hickman said after the Longhorn opened the season 2-0.

“It was typical opening-season games with a few defensive misplays and pitchers behind in the count,” said Hickman, who credited the outfield play of Tim Johnson, Mark Barton and Cody Banc.

“They are amazing to watch,” the Basalt coach said.

Nick Calabro pitched the opening game. He went all seven innings, striking out 10. He gave six hits and three earned runs.

Johnson led the offense. He was 4-for-4 with a triple, double, two singles and three RBIs.

Banc pitched five innings of the second game. He gave up two earned runs and seven hits. Barto closed out the game on the mound.

Calabro, Johnson, Banc, Noah Schoenburg and Carlos Leal had two hits each in the 15-7 victroy.

“I was especially impressed with how we approached both games and hit the ball,” Hickman said.

The Longhorns had 20 hits in the two games.

“Cody Hoffman did an outstanding job as catcher in both games,” Hickman said. “He had several blocked balls and threw a base runner out.”

The Basalt High School baseball team will host Grand Valley in a 3 p.m. game Thursday.

The Aspen High School baseball team dropped two games to Battle Mountain last weekend 13-3 and 9-0.

A week earlier, the Skiers lost 8-7 and 22-12 at Moffat County in Craig.

The Skiers (0-4) are scheduled to play at Coal Ridge (0-3) on Thursday afternoon.

Girls golf

The Aspen High School girls golf team stepped to the top of the field this week at the Wildcat Invitational, hosted by Fruita Monument High School at the Adobe Creek National Golf Course.

The Skiers, coached by Alden Richards, finished second in the first stroke-play tournament of the season.

Montrose Red won the tournament with a 243.

Aspen was second at 266.

Third went to Fruita Monument at 273. Grand Junction Central was fourth (274) with Grand Junction fifth (285).

Moffat County finished sixth with a 289. Next came Montrose White, Palisade, Glenwood Springs, Durango, Gunnison, Rifle, Eagle Valley, Dolores, Coal Ridge, Grand Valley, Battle Mountain and Delta. Seventeen teams in all competed.

“We shined,” Richards said. “All the years at Aspen Junior Golf coaching these girls is paying off for the high school.”

Richards, the longtime director of Aspen Junior Golf, runs the River Valley Ranch club in Carbondale.

Dolores Sharaf led the Skiers, tying for sixth with an 86.

Zara Iacona tied for 11th at 89.

Aspen’s Julia Budsey shot 91, good for a tie for 15th.

Nikki Blizzard added a 122. Katherine Doherty shot 116 for Aspen.

The Skiers, will be on spring break next week, will return to competition at Bookcliff Coiuntry Club in Grand Junction on March 31.

Boys lacrosse

The Aspen High School boys lacrosse team, coming off a weekend sweep of Telluride and Air Academy, will play at Eagle Valley this afternoon.

The unbeaten Skiers (4-0) will return to Aspen to host Glenwood Springs on Thursday afternoon.

The Aspen High School boys lacrosse team will travel to Highlands Ranch on Saturday for a game against Valor Christian.

Girls soccer

The Aspen High School girls soccer team traveled to New Castle on Tuesday, suffering a 6-0 loss to the Titans.

“We got spanked by a stronger, more mature bunch of kids,” Aspen head coach John Gillies said. “They’ve been playing together for a long time.”

He said Aspen keeper Jessica Coxon had an outstanding game in the Skiers’ first loss of the season.

“The 6-0 score did not reflect the play of Jessica Coxon. She was fabulous,” Gillies said.

“We’ll learn from this,” the veteran coach said.

The Skiers (2-1-1) will host Roaring Fork in a 4 p.m. game today on the turf field at Aspen High School.

The Roaring Fork girls (2-0-0) beat Basalt 1-0 in a Tuesday night match in Carbondale.

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