Skiers steal home, game off Debeque
Aspen High’s baseball team stole one on the road in Debeque Friday before losing both games of a doubleheader at Olathe Saturday.
“We’re scrappy, we’re small, we’re not a big team,” Skiers head coach Rick Ryan said. “We have to play small ball – bunts and stealing home – to shake the other team up.”
That’s just what the Skiers did in Debeque Friday.
Locked at 2-2 in the fifth inning, junior Matt Fox stole home to put Aspen up by a run. Later, with the bases loaded, the Skiers added another run when junior Max Redmond laid down a bases-loaded bunt.
“It was pretty much a pitcher’s duel, with good defense on both sides,” Ryan said. “When Matt [Fox] stole home that changed the momentum big time for us – it was a pretty exciting play.”
Junior Pat Faurer pitched five innings and had 10 strike outs.
Aspen led 5-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh and final inning. But Debeque didn’t roll over, loading the bases before Ryan sent Fox – Aspen’s closer – to the mound.
“He struck out the side to win the game,” Ryan said.
Aspen didn’t fare as well Saturday against an undefeated Olathe club, losing the first game 10-2 and getting shut out 10-0 in the second.
“We just couldn’t hit their pitching,” Ryan said. “We played as well as we could against a team like that.
“We want to scare some teams,” he added. “If anyone overlooks us, we can be a sneaky team.”
With only two seniors on the team, Ryan said his players are young – with a bright future.
“We started [playing] summer ball last year and we’ve got that again next summer,” Ryan said. “We’re catching up, getting that field time, and starting to get some baseball players.
“This is a fun team, we’ve got a chance in the next couple years.”
After spring break, Aspen resumes play at Grand Valley April 6.
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“When Matt Fox stole home that changed the momentum big time for us.”
– Rick Ryan, Aspen coach
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