Roundup: Basalt baseball squanders lead, falls to Coal Ridge |

Roundup: Basalt baseball squanders lead, falls to Coal Ridge

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Contributed photoAspen swimmer Kelcie Gerson accepts a medal after finishing seventh in the 200 backstroke at this past weekend's Far Westerns in California.

Basalt head baseball coach Mike Hoffman said his players were “riding high” after an upset of previously unbeaten Cedaredge in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

It all came crashing down in a hurry, however, in Tuesday’s game against Coal Ridge. The Titans plated four runs in both the fourth and fifth, then six in the sixth inning to erase an early deficit and secure a 15-5, mercy-rule shortened victory.

“After that Cedaredge win, I think the kids got their hopes up,” Hoffman admitted. “We definitely weren’t working toward a win after that fourth inning.”

The Longhorns sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the first inning, but they came away with only three runs.

“In the first four innings we left nine guys on base,” Hoffman said. “That really hurt us.”

Blake Scherer had two doubles and a single and Tanner Banc chipped in with two hits for Basalt, which tacked on a fourth run in the top of the third.

Things went awry soon after, however.

“We started having a kind of breakdown, the [errors] started piling up and our pitcher [Kyp Schoon] started getting frustrated,” the coach said. “We brought in Tanner for the fifth, and his teammates behind him were not helping him out.

“Give Coal Ridge credit. They stuck with it, they got on a rally and they kept it going.”

The Longhorns visit Parachute on Saturday for a doubleheader with Grand Valley. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m.

Spring break did little to slow the Skiers.

Neither did Battle Mountain.

Nevada Crandall and Olivia Porcaro each scored three goals, and Aspen cruised to a 15-4 road victory, improving to 5-0 on the season.

The Skiers have outscored opponents, 59-7, in their last four games.

Allie Garrett and Delaney Conner each scored twice, and Mary Beasley, CoCo Writer, Isabelle Woodrow and Shannon Turbidy all found the net once.

Molly Kandota turned away 10 Tigers shots in goal for Aspen, which visits Summit at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Fruita Monument overpowered the visiting Skiers on Tuesday, winning all seven matches.

All but one match was decided in two sets. Aspen No. 2 singles player Maggie Brown pulled out a tight 7-6, first-set win over Meredith Soychak before dropping each of the next two sets by a score of


The Skiers, who won two or fewer games in three matches, return to the court Thursday, when they host Grand Junction at the Maroon Creek Club.

Kelcie Gerson, Max Bryant and Michael Zimet proved they were not intimidated by the big stage.

The Aspen Speedos athletes took part in this past weekend’s Far Westerns in California, a meet that featured 170 teams and nearly 1,600 swimmers from 10 states and even Canada – many of them among the best in the country. The trio still found a way to stand out.

They produced three top-20 results, helping Aspen wind up 72nd – the club’s best finish ever in the prestigious event.

“Our top kids saw that they can compete against the top kids in the country,” Speedos head coach Gordon Gerson said Tuesday.

Kelcie Gerson’s weekend included a seventh-place finish in the 200 backstroke, a 10th in the mile and a 14th in the 100 backstroke.

She dropped 23 seconds off her previous best in the mile.

Bryant finished sixth in the 400 individual medley, 12th in the 200 breaststroke and 13th in the 200 individual medley.

The 14-year-old was an alternate in the 200 butterfly, but he wound up swimming after another competitor failed to show up. Bryant took advantage, logging a seventh-place finish.

“The kids that were winning these events, everybody was ranked in the top 5 or 10 in the country,” coach Gerson said. “If [Bryant] keeps getting better and better, there’s no reason he wouldn’t move up to that level.”

Zimet produced a 14th-place finish in the 200 freestyle and was 18th and 19th in the 500 freestyle and 400 individual medley, respectively.

“He has never swam at a meet like this before. When you see all these fast swimmers … it can be a real eye opener. You try and convince yourself you belong, too. He did,” Gerson said of Zimet.

Because of spring break, just 11 Skiers track athletes made the trip to last weekend’s Cedaredge Invitational. They still managed to produce some strong results.

Senior Luke Smith paced the group with a second-place finish in the men’s 3,200 meters, crossing the line in 11 minutes,

5 seconds – just 5 seconds behind Daniel de la Rosa of Delta.

Smith vaulted to the front at the start and held the lead for three laps. After jockeying for position with two others for five laps, he was out-kicked about 100 meters from the finish, Aspen head coach Chris Keleher said.

Smith also teamed with Kellan Kremer, Egbert Ospina and Foster Gross to take fifth in the 4×800 relay.

Gross, a sophomore competing in track for the first time, followed up that effort with an eighth-place finish in the 400 (55.59 seconds) and was 10th in the 800 (2:18).

Kremer picked up another top 10 in the 3,200, where he started conservatively but picked his way through the field and wound up sixth.

On the girls side, junior Taylor Quist finished sixth in both the 100 and 200.

Sophomore Lily Isaacson recorded a personal best of 2:47 in the 800 – good for ninth place – and was 14th in the 400. Freshman Riley Sutton wound up 10th in the mile with a time of 6:20.

Aspen returns to the track this Saturday at the Eagle Valley Invitational.

March was very good to the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s adaptive alpine team.

The squad traveled to both the International Paralympic Committee Canadian National Championships in British Columbia and U.S. Adaptive Alpine Championships in Alaska, coming away with scores of impressive results.

Tyler Walker and Chris Devlin-Young led the way in Kimberly, B.C., with Walker winning the sit-ski slalom and Devlin-Young capturing gold in the giant slalom.

Visually impaired teammate Mark Bathum won the GS in his division with assistance from guide Storey Slater.

Lauri Stephens missed out on the trip to B.C., but made up for lost time in Alyeska. She won national titles in every sit-ski event – downhill, super G, super combined, GS and slalom.

“She skied aggressively and smart and ran the table as a result,” club adaptive coach Tim Emling said.

Devlin-Young and Walker finished first and third, respectively, in the national downhill. Walker followed up that effort with silvers in combined, GS and slalom.

In his first full season of competition, Latseen Benson took seventh in slalom and eighth in GS.

“These are fantastic results for a guy who’s just starting out,” Emling said. “The team is definitely ending the season on a high note.”

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