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Preps: Key week ahead for Basalt baseball

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

High school baseball will head into a key portion of the conference schedule next week.

The Basalt Longhorns, who started the season with three consecutive wins, will face their most critical stretch when they host Roaring Fork on Tuesday and travel to Gunnison next weekend (April 12).

“This next week is the tipping point for this team,” Basalt head coach Bud Hickman said.

The Longhorns will attempt to bounce back from their first losses of the season. Basalt dropped 9-4 and 12-7 games to Cedaredge. The games were played at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction, just north of the Mesa Mall.

Cedaredge pitcher Trent Walker went the distance with 12 strikeouts in the first game. The Longhorns touched him for two hits and four runs.

Hickman said the Longhorns committed four errors in the game.

“The highlight was Cody Banc, who doubled with an RBI in the fifth inning,” Hickman said.

He said it was the same story in the second game when the Longhorns committed six errors.

Mark Barto led the Basalt offense with two hits.

Nick Calabro doubled with an RBI in the second-game loss.

“We did not bring our ‘A’ game; we had 10 errors,” Hickman said after the Horns moved to 3-2. He said Basalt hitters also struck out 17 times in the two games.

The Basalt baseball team will have a chance to bounce back next week.

“Do not underestimate the grit of this team,” Hickman said.

The Aspen Skiers, meanwhile, will head out on ex ed next week. The Aspen baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Gunnison on Thursday. The games were played in Paonia.

Gunnison won 26-0 and 14-1 to drop the Skiers to 0-9.

The Aspen baseball team will return to action at Coal Ridge on April 14.


The Aspen High School girls lacrosse team improved to 6-2 overall with a big 18-0 victory at Steamboat Springs on Thursday evening.

The Skiers are a perfect 2-0 in conference games. They will host Steamboat Springs in their next game on April 16. That game will count in the league standings.

The Aspen girls also will host Grand Junction on April 18.

The Aspen High School boys lacrosse team closed out this week with a 16-2 conference victory over visiting Summit on Thursday.

The Aspen boys lacrosse team is 9-1 overall and 5-0 in conference play.

The Skiers had beaten Thompson Valley from Loveland 15-10 earlier last week. The Aspen boys will return to action April 18 at Durango.