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
Back and better than ever this year, Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club will host its annual Sports Swap on Sunday, Oct. 9, on Market Street in Willits.
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