Prep briefs: Basalt big winners on Saturday
Not that the Basalt High School boys soccer team needed any fuel in its rivalry with Roaring Fork, but Saturday’s match in Basalt was one neither team is likely to forget any time soon.
“It was quite a game. Certainly one of the craziest I’ve ever been associated with,” Basalt coach Brent Hayes said. “We were down two at halftime. We just picked a really bad time to play our worst half of soccer. It was just a lot of lack of composure.”
Trailing 2-0 at halftime, Basalt rallied back for an eventual 4-3 win in what was a wild finish.
The Longhorns didn’t find the scoreboard until the clock had rolled under 20 minutes in the second half, a “brilliant shot” from Elmer Bonilla making it 2-1. Only a few minutes later, BHS freshman German Alvarado scored to even the match.
“Roaring Fork, I think they thought they had it in the bag,” Hayes said. “I thought we had a pretty decent chance in the second half. It was pretty tightly matched.”
Roaring Fork retook the lead soon after Alvarado’s goal, but Basalt answered with two late goals. Alvarado scored both for the hat trick, the game-winner coming in stoppage time on a broken play.
“Good win. It’s always a tough game with those guys,” Hayes said. “It was nice to get a win that was the correct result, as far as who should have won and to keep our composure while they lost theirs.”
Basalt (4-2) will next host Moffat County on Tuesday. Roaring Fork (5-2) will host Aspen that same day.
Basalt softball rolls over Gunnison
Another one bites the dust against the Basalt High School softball team. On Saturday in a chilly Gunnison, the Longhorns rolled to a pair of wins, 14-3 and 10-0, against the Cowboys. Both games ended in five innings because of the run rule.
Morgan Ash pitched both complete games for Basalt and all 13 varsity players saw the field in the second game.
Basalt is now 12-1 overall and winners of nine straight. The Longhorns will next play at Aspen on Tuesday.
The Aspen softball team was scheduled to host Eagle Valley on Saturday, but the doubleheader was canceled due to wet field conditions.
Basalt volleyball splits with Moffat County
The Basalt High School volleyball team earned its first regular-season league win since 2012 on Saturday, beating visiting Moffat County 3-0 in the first game of a doubleheader in Basalt.
The second game went to five sets, with the Bulldogs pulling out the 3-2 win and forcing the doubleheader split.
Basalt moves to 3-6 overall with the split and will play at Grand Valley on Tuesday.
Basalt junior wins cross country meet
Basalt High School junior Carly Robinson won the girls’ race of the Ouray-Ridgway Ramble at the Reservoir cross country meet on Friday. She finished the race in 23 minutes, 51.5 seconds, edging Paonia’s Brooke Hillman by less than two seconds.
“She was up toward the front from the very beginning,” BHS coach Ron Lund said. “It was good to see her have a strong finish to win it, because it was one of the things she has been trying to work on.”
Also finishing top 10 for Basalt were Megan Maley (6th, 24:49.4) and Becca White (7th, 24:53.1).
Aspen High School competed in the junior varsity portion of that same meet, with sophomore Everett Olson winning the boys’ race in 21:10.30.
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