Huskies bats awake in win over Steamboat
The Huskies were coming off Tuesday’s 11-0 rout of Steamboat Springs, the team’s first win of the year. Battle Mountain scored all 11 runs in the fourth inning, pounding out the frustration of a very slow start to the season on the Sailors.
“We just hit the ball,” said the Huskies’ Colin Faherty, who picked up his first win as team’s manager. “(Steamboat) had one or two errors, but, other than that, we just hit the ball. I’ve been waiting for this all year. Like I told the guys, it wasn’t any pitching that we haven’t seen. It wasn’t great. It wasn’t real bad. They finally hit it.”
And they were finally on the right end of a five-inning rout. Tuesday’s game was a tonic for a run of ugly losses the previous week to Moffat County and Palisade.
“You go through it and you think, “Yeah, it was bad.’ Then you look at the paper and you actually see it and it’s unreal,” Faherty said. “The Steamboat paper had an article about Steamboat and us playing because neither one of us had a win and they put the 35-1 score (against Moffat) in the paper. I looked at it and said, “Oh, my god. How do you do that?’ It was hard.”
The Huskies were able to turn things around, starting with the pitching of Jimmy Feeney. He threw five shutout innings. His control was spot-on, walking nobody and he got a lot of help from the Huskies defense, which did not commit an error.
“Jimmy Feeney pitched a gem. He gave up two hits. He didn’t walk a batter and we didn’t make an error,” Faherty said. “That’s something else I’ve been waiting for this year. He threw strikes. In the first two innings, he had a guy on third and struck the batter out each time. He just came up big.”
So did the offense. Shortstop Eugene Trujillo went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Feeney helped his own cause with a three-run double, while Junior Martinez also cleared the bases with a double during a 2-for-3 day. Garrett Duncan and Chris Romero also added RBI hits.
Battle Mountain, 1-9 overall and 1-4 in league, hosts Glenwood Springs at 4 p.m. in Eagle-Vail. That will be part of a Huskies athletics twinbill today with the girls soccer team also taking on Steamboat Springs at 4 p.m.
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