Roundup: Aspen splits doubleheader
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
GUNNISON, Colo. – Aspen’s Taylor Mayer struck out seven in two dominant innings of work in Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader in Gunnison.
Still, the Cowboys pushed across seven runs while the senior was on the hill. Mayer ultimately was tagged with the loss.
It was that kind of game for the Aspen defense – a scene reminiscent of its late-inning meltdown last weekend against Hotchkiss. The Skiers committed six errors in the fifth and sixth innings in Friday’s opener, squandering an early lead and falling, 15-9.
They regrouped, however, striking for eight runs in the second inning of Game 2 and cruising to a 12-5 victory, salvaging the split.
Aspen kicked off the afternoon with four runs in the top of the first, highlighted by a bases-loaded walk from Mayer and a two-run single from Jake Nugent, who also hit a solo home run in the opener.
The Skiers found themselves in a four-all game in the fifth. Then, they fell apart on defense.
“By no means was that [Mayer’s] loss. He absolutely closed the door,” Aspen head coach Nate Grinzinger said. “Our defense just broke down.”
The bats picked up the Skiers in Game 2. Quinn Morehead hit a three-run homer and Nugent again drove in two with a base hit, highlighting a second inning in which Aspen seized control.
Morehead, Nugent, Mayer and Lamont Gross had two hits apiece in Game 2 for the Skiers, who now are
3-4. They visit rival Basalt at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
ASPEN – Aspen head soccer coach John Gillies estimated that if his squad generated a point for every time it kicked a ball into the opposing goalkeeper’s hands Friday, it would have won 40-0.
He and the Skiers surely will take another shutout win, however.
The Skiers dominated time of possession and visiting Rangely on the turf, pulling out a 3-0 win.
The victory comes on the heels of Wednesday’s 5-0 defeat of Roaring Fork in which two players – Annie Graber and Keile Kropf – each scored two goals.
“I was impressed with the girls. They did everything we worked on in practice,” Gillies said. “Coming back from spring break, we needed these two games to push away the cobwebs.”
Hayley Kremer, Kropf and Lauren Anderson scored goals Friday for Aspen, which improved to 4-2. It visits 4A Eagle Valley at 4 p.m. Monday.
“Monday will let us know exactly where we stand,” Gillies said.
BASALT – The Longhorns stepped out of conference and up in competition Friday, suffering their first loss of the season against 5A Grand Junction.
Basalt surrendered three early goals, four in the opening half and wound up being blanked, 6-0.
“They were definitely a well-polished team. It was good for my girls to see that level of play, which they don’t get to see very often,” Longhorns head coach Makenzie Eshelman said. “We’re not used to being attacked as much as we were – all 11 of their players played defense and offense. … We gave up those early goals and were shell-shocked.”
The Longhorns regrouped in the second half, but they could not find the back of the net.
“For this game, I just wanted them to play the way they know they can, smart ball movement and marking up,” Eshelman said. “We can pass with the best of them, but we just didn’t have the ball or possession.”
Basalt, now 5-1, will look to regroup at 11 a.m. Saturday, when it visits Vail Christian.
GRAND JUNCTION – The Skiers hung with Grand Junction on the road Friday, but a three-goal halftime deficit proved too big to overcome.
Aspen was outscored, 5-2, in the second half en route to an 11-5 loss.
“They were up 6-3 at the half, which is a dangerous score in lacrosse. You can score a couple and make it 4-6 or 5-6, or the other team can score one or two quickly and build quite a lead,” Skiers head coach Mike Goerne said. “We played well in the third but were basically swapping goals. In the fourth, Grand Junction did a good job taking care of the ball and keeping possession. … We weren’t able to close the gap or convert some of our opportunities.”
Colter Robinson and Lawson Pisani each found the back of the net twice, and Jack Jensen scored once for the Skiers, who fell to 4-4.
Aspen visits Durango at 11 a.m. Saturday.
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