Cal Ripken teams go winless at state

Yuma’s Cal Ripken teams had a tough time of it in their respective state tournaments, last weekend in suburban Denver.

Both teams went 0-3, running into some very difficult opponents.

The 10U team, which played in Greenwood Village, had a wild first game, losing 26-25 in nine innings against Centennial. Not only did the game go extra innings, there also were weather delays, resulting in the game not ending until 10:30 p.m. Friday.

New pitching rules have been implemented this season. That led to the Yuma 10U team having to forfeit its second pool play game to Lamar due to a lack of pitching after Fridays’s marathon game. That left them in last place in their pool, having to face the top seed from the other pool at the start of bracket play, losing 14-4 in five innings to East Central.

Yuma’s 12U team played at Holly Hills in southeast Denver. The young Indians ran into stiff competition, losing 21-0 to East Central and 10-0 to Southeast Denver in pool play. Single-elimination bracket play then began with Yuma losing 10-0 to La Junta.

The new pitch count rules are one days rest if throwing 41 to 65 pitches in a game, and two days rest if throwing 66 to 85 pitches. The max is 75 pitches for 10 and under.

High school splits

Yuma’s high-school age baseball team split a doubleheader with Sterling, last Wednesday, July 3, in Yuma.

It was the only action for the Indians last week as a weekend series at University in Greeley was cancelled as Yuma did not have enough players available. The team is nearing the end of the eason as the league tournament is later this month.

Sterling won the opener last Wednesday, 3-1. The visitors took a 1-0 lead in the second off of two singles, and added two more in the sixth.

Yuma finally got on the board in the home half of the sixth. Giovanni Rodriguez led off with a single. Fabian Salcido came on to courtesy run, advancing to third on Yahir Trejo’s single, and scoing on Kobe Rayl’s fielder’s choice to short. Yuma had the tying runs on base but could not capitalize. The Indians put on one baserunner in the seventh, but a groundout ended the game.

The Tribe had nine hits, compared to only four for Sterling, but stranded nine runners on base.

Rolando Caraveo had two hits, including a double, Rodriguez two hits, Trejo two hits, Rayl one hit and one RBI, and Manny Tena and Chase McCreath one hit each.

Kobe Rayl makes contact for a single during the games last Saturday against a team from Omaha, Nebraska. (Pioneer Photo)

McCreath went 5-1/3 innings on the hill, striking out 14 and walking four, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits. Trejo pitched the last 1-2/3 innings, striking out one, walking one and yielding one hit.

It appeared Sterling would get out of town with the sweep as the Tigers scored four in the top of the first inning of the nightcap. However, Yuma kept battling, first getting one run in the bottom of the first when McCreath doubled and scored on Rodriguez’s single.

Sterling added a run in the second, and it stayed 5-1 until the bottom of the fifth. That is when Yuma rallied with three runs, started by singles from Joey Ross and Cade Morton. Tena’s triple to right field drove them both in, and Tena scored when McCreath put the ball in play.

The Indians then took the lead in the sixth with three more runs. Rayl led off by getting hit by a pitch, followed by a single by Ross and a walk to Morton. Rayl scored on Caraveo’s fielder’s choice, and Ross scored on Tena’s fielder’s choice, followed by Morton scoring on McCreath’s single.

Yuma salvaged the split with the 7-5 win.

The Indians again had nine hits, compared to only four for Sterling. McCreath had two hits, including a double, with two RBI and one run scored, Tena two hits, including a double, with two RBI and two runs, Rodriguez two hits and two RBI, Ross two hits and one run, Morton one hit and two runs, Caraveo one RBI, and Rayl one run.

Salcido went 2-2/3 innings pitching, yielding five runs, four earned, on one hit and eight walks, striking out three. Tena threw the last 4-1/3 innings, shutting out the Tigers on three hits, striking out six and walking one.

Legion C gets a win

Yuma’s Legion C team has been getting in plenty of double dips in recent weeks, with the regular season concluding next week.

The Indians played at Dayspring Christian on June 26. They lost the opener 12-2. Yahir Trejo doubled and scored on Ethan Gonzales’ single in the first, and Victor Perez singled and scored on another Gonzales single in the third. Perez also had a triple. Carson Lynch and Zeke Martinez each hit a single. Yuma lost nightcap 13-2. Trejo singled and scored on Perez’s single in the first. Gonzales scored in the sixth on Lynch’s single. Joey Ross and Leland Falconburg each had a hit.

The Indians played Fort Morgan on June 28. They lost game one, 11-1. Trejo singled and scored on Perez’s double in the fourth. Angel Escobar hit a single. They got the offense going in a 13-11 loss in the second game. Escobar had one hit and two runs, Trejo two hits, including a double and two runs, Perez three hits, including a double, Falconburg two hits and two runs, Hugo Montes two runs, Austen Walker one run, and Jake Hagemeier two hits and two runs.

Yuma hosted Sterling D-2 earlier last week, salvaging a split. Yuma lost the opener, 10-3. Rayl hit a triple and scored a run, Gonzales a double and one run, Conner Lynch one run, and Cade Morton and Jose Ruiz one hit each.

The Indians got back into the win column in the nightcap with an 8-6 victory after falling behind 5-0. Gonzales scored two runs, Perez two runs, Andre Baucke two runs, and Morton two runs. All of them also had hits.