The Hotchkiss Bulldogs baseball team won Monday's conference doubleheader against Meeker, 11-1 and 9-0, giving it a 5-0 record in 2A District 3/5. Hotchkiss is seeded first ahead of this weekend's district tournament at Olathe.
On May 2 the Bulldogs swept a nonconference doubleheader against Sargent, 10-4 and 11-4.
At 15-2, 9-0, Sargent is in first place in district and was in state standings heading into the DH. The Farmers also have two of the top hitters in the state in seniors Trevor Milne and Ryan Davis.
Head coach Blake Carlquist put Jonathan Gonzalez on the mound in game one. Gonzalez got the win, allowing one hit and two runs, walking one and striking out 11 in six innings. "He's been throwing the ball so well," said Carlquist. The plan was to give the Farmers their best, and let the momentum carry into game two.
After going three and out in the first inning, the Bulldogs scored six runs in the second. Kirk opened the inning with a base hit, stole second and reached third on an error. Jamison Yanish brought Kirk home on a sacrifice fly. Chase Hiatt was walked and Jesus Macias and Devin Curtis were both hit by pitches. With the bases loaded, Marvin Guereque crunched in a three-run double down the third base line.
With a fresh pitcher on the mound, Presley Pene dropped a pop fly squarely between second base and centerfield, and Gonzalez connected on a fast ball for a two-run single. After two innings the Dogs led, 6-1.
The hits kept coming in the third inning, starting with a double by Yanish, a base hit by Chase Hiatt, and a two-run single by Macias.
In the fourth, the Bulldogs left runners on first and third on a 6-4-3 double play by the Farmers. Gonzalez scored the final run in the sixth, hitting a 2B and scoring off of a base hit by Yanish.
Yanish pitched the seventh inning, allowing two hits and two earned runs.
The final run for the Bulldogs came on a single in the sixth inning by Yanish to score Gonzalez. Pene finished the game with two RBIs, a double, and .750 average. Jesus Macias was 1 for 3 with one RBI. Yanish was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a double.
The Bulldogs went right to work in game two, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run double by Yanish to score Guereque and Pene, and a sacrifice hit by Chase Hiatt to score Eli Kirk.
Davis, put the Farmers on the board on a base hit by Chase Mortensen, and trailed, 3-2, in the third with Davis scoring on a base hit by Jacob Deacon.
Macias opened the fourth inning on a base hit. With Josie Hiatt on second and Macias on third, Guereque cleared the bases with a home run. Pene doubled, then scored on a double by Gonzalez. With two outs, Yanish scored on a base hit by Macias, and Chase Hiatt scored on an error at home plate. With the bases loaded, Guereque got up to bat a second time, hitting a flyout just inside the fence between left and center field.
Pene opened the fifth inning with a solo home run for an 11-3 lead, and the Farmers put a final run on the board on a base hit by Mortensen. In the third, Deacon brought Davis home on a base hit.
Pene was awarded the win, allowing seven hits and three earned runs and striking out 11 of 23 batters. In innings six and seven, Yanish allowed one hit and one run and struck out two. At the plate Pene was 2 for 3 with one RBI, a 2B and a home run; Josie Hiatt was 2-2; Guereque was 1 for 3, and Yanish was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a double.
The win also broke a 12-game winning streak by the Farmers. "We played well," said Carlquist. "I knew coming out that if we played really good baseball, we'd have a really good chance of winning. When you play good baseball, then anything can happen."
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.