Preps: Basalt baseball wins thriller over Battle Mountain
The Aspen Times
The high school baseball season is off and swinging.
The Basalt Longhorns picked up early season momentum with a dramatic 13-12 comeback victory over Battle Mountain in extra innings earlier this week.
Down by four runs in the top of the seventh and final inning, the Longhorns rallied with a huge nine-run rally.
With the score 12-12 in the top of the eighth, the Longhorns pushed across the winning run when Tucker Schoon reached first on a dropped third strike, drawing an errant throw that allowed Clayton Montgomery to score what turned out to be the winning run.
The offensive explosion for the Longhorns included a grand slam by Michael Glen, who finished the day 3-for-3 with a homer, triple and single.
Glen closed out the game on the mound with Battle Mountain runners at second and third.
“I was very proud of the team; they never gave up,” head coach Bud Hickman said. “We take great pride to come from behind.”
The Longhorns will take their 1-1 record on the road this weekend. Basalt opened the year with a 13-3 loss at Eagle Valley.
The Basalt High School baseball team will head to New Castle for a doubleheader today, starting at 11 a.m.
Coal Ridge is 1-2 on the young season. The Titans split a doubleheader against Battle Mountain, winning 9-3 and losing 16-0.
They also lost to Rifle.
The Longhorns are scheduled to play at Rifle next Wednesday.
They will host Roaring Fork in a March 21 doubleheader before taking a week for spring break.
The Aspen High School baseball team is scheduled to play a doubleheader today at Craig against Moffat County.
The unbeaten Aspen High School girls lacrosse team will play rival Battle Mountain at 4 p.m. today in Edwards.
The Skiers won their home opener earlier this week with a 12-4 decision over visiting Eagle Valley. The Aspen girls had opened the season with an 18-0 victory over Telluride. The AHS girls will play at Grand Junction on Monday afternoon before playing a road game at Fruita Monument on Thursday, March 19.
The Skiers, after spring break, will host Battle Mountain on April 1.
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