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Huskies get first win of season

DEBEQUE ” If you give Huskies pitcher Daniel Rascon 23 runs, he’s going to be tough.

Rascon can pitch well with less offensive support, but no hurler is going to decline a big lead.

Battle Mountain baseball rapped out 10 runs in the first inning Saturday and another 13 in the second on its way to a 26-3 win over Lake County.

R.D. Cordova was one of several Huskies having a big day at the plate with four hits. Rascon helped his own case with three base knocks, Mike Jones and John Simpson were also a part of the onslaught.

Rascon got the win while Chris Schmidt pitched the final two innings in a non-save situation. (Technically, if he pitched a third inning he would have gotten the save, despite a 23-run lead.)

Battle Mountain finished the Basalt Tournament, which was moved to DeBeque because of weather, with a 1-2 mark. The Huskies fell to Basalt, 8-7, Friday and dropped another close one Saturday to Ignacio, 7-5.

After having a solid defensive outing Friday with just one error, the Huskies defense unraveled against Ignacio, understandable given the lack of outdoor practice for Battle Mountain. All seven of the Bobcats runs were unearned.

Despite a rough patch of defense, the Huskies still had a chance to tie up the game in the seventh inning.

“We went into the weekend, hoping we’d win a game or two,” Huskies manager Jeff Spannagel said. “Once we got there, we could have, in not should have, won all three games. We’re headed in the right direction. Now we have to learn how to play well in close games. The kids realize that they can be in a game. Now they just have to get over the hump.”

Battle Mountain (1-2) opens league play at Delta on March 20.

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