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Huskies sharp in opening loss

DEBEQUE ” As far as losses go, Battle Mountain baseball will take this one.

The Huskies, playing for the first time outside this “spring,” committed just one error and shook the rust off their bats in an 8-7 loss to Basalt Friday during their season-opening tournament in DeBeque.

“We, as a coaching staff, were a little nervous about what was going to happen on the field,” Huskies manager Jason Spannagel said. “Then we didn’t have a good infield (practice) before the game and I was really nervous. But we came out and played well.”

After taking grounders off the gym floor and not seeing a flyball off a bat until Friday, the Huskies had a good start to the season.

Huskies starter Cameron Brown struggled with his control a little early, but logged four solid innings. Daniel Rascon took care of the final two frames.

After the Huskies went meekly through the lineup the first time, their offense woke up with three-run innings in the fourth and the fifth. Brown scored on a Mike Jones double. The Huskies also got RBI singles from Dustin Martin and John Simpson.

In the fifth, Rascon and Brown started with base hits and Chris Schmidt plated them with a single. Battle Mountain senior Jeremy Windham reached on an error and eventually scored by stealing home.

Leading 6-4, Battle Mountain gave up four runs during Basalt’s fifth and sixth innings.

“We started to hit the ball well, and make them field it,” Spannagel said. “We just got comfortable and started playing baseball.”

Battle Mountain started its second game of the tournament Friday. The Huskies faced Ignacio and were tied 4-4 with the Bobcats after three innings when the game was suspended because of darkness. The Huskies will resume their game with Ignacio today and then take on Lake County.

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