Platte Canyon High School baseball team opened the season on the road at league foe Sheridan Rams Tuesday, March 12. It was also the first league game. The Huskies were home, even though the game was at Sheridan. The Rams won 7-5.
The Huskies were at Denver Christian Thunder Saturday, March 16. The Huskies got its first win 11-8.
Rams versus Huskies
The Rams were held in the top of the first. The Huskies got on the scoreboard first. Brandon Patterson doubled and went to third on a balk. Patterson scored on a double by Austin Hart. Hart went to third on a steal and scored on a steal home. The Huskies led 2-0.
The Rams scored one run in the top of the second. The Huskies led 2-1 after two innings. Hart had one strikeout.
The Rams scored two runs in the top of the third to go ahead 3-2. The Huskies were held in the bottom of the third and trailed 3-2 after three innings. Hart struck out two more batters.
The Rams scored two runs and went ahead 5-2. Hart struck out two more batters. That gave him five for the game. The Rams led 5-2 after four innings.
Patterson came in to pitch. After the first batter singled, Patterson struck out the next three batters. A double by Colby Kelly was all the Huskies could do. The Rams led 5-2 after five innings.
Patterson struck out two more batters to make it five for the game. Allan Hardey walked. Rummelhart singled. Hardey to third and Rummelhart to second on steals. Hardey scored on an error by the right fielder and Rummelhart went to third. Patterson walked and went to second on a steal. Hart walked to load the bases.
Rummelhart scored on an error by the second baseman, Patterson to third and Hart to second. Patterson scored on an error by the first baseman. The game was tied at five going to the seventh inning. The Huskies sent nine batters to the plate to get back in the game.
The Rams scored two runs in the top of the inning. They led 7-5 going to the bottom of the seventh. Hardey pitched for Patterson, struck out one batter. With one out, Patterson doubled. The Huskies were held and fell short 7-5.
“It was a disappointing effort, but we will learn from it,” Coach Kelly Kirkpatrick said
“Sheridan out-played us in every facet of the game, and they were a better team today. The kids are resilient and will bounce back.”
“It was a great first game,” Brandon Patterson said. “We have lots to work on. It was not bad for not being out on the field for practice. I am excited about the season.”
Huskies versus Thunder
Rummelhart started the game with a single. Patterson walked. Rummelhart to second. Rummelhart to third and Patterson to second on steals. Schubert singled, Rummelhart and Patterson both scored. The Thunder were held and the Huskies led 2-0 after the first inning.
The Huskies were held in the top of the second. The Thunder scored two runs and the game was tied at two after two innings.
Rummelhart walked and Patterson singled. Hart singled, Rummelhart scored and Patterson went to third. Schubert tripled, Hart and Patterson both scored. The Huskies went ahead 5-2 going to the bottom of the third. The Thunder answered with two in the bottom of the third and it was 5-4 after three innings.
The Huskies exploded for five runs in the top of the fourth. DeSpain walked. Dominic Schubert was hit by a pitch. DeSpain went to third and Schubert to second on steals. Rummelhart singled, DeSpain scored and D. Schubert went to third.
Rummelhart went to second on a steal and Schubert scored on a steal home. Patterson was hit by a pitch. Rummelhart to third and Patterson to second on steals. Hart singled, Rummelhart and Patterson both scored. Hart to second on a steal. B. Schubert walked. Hart to third and Schubert to second on steals. Hart scored on a steal home. The Huskies went ahead 10-4. The Thunder scored one in the bottom of the inning to make it 10-5 after four innings.
The Thunder scored two runs. The Huskies led 10-7 after five innings.
Hart singled. Gage Nelson and Kelly both walked to load the bases. The Huskies could not score. The Thunder scored one to make it 10-8 going to the seventh inning.
The Huskies got one more run with one out in the top of the seventh. Rummelhart was hit by a pitch. He was out at first on a pickoff. Patterson walked. He went to second and then third on steals.
Hart singled and Patterson scored. The Huskies led 11-8 going to the bottom of the seventh. The Huskies held off the Thunder to get their first win 11-8. Rummelhart struck out the three batters.
“It was not a perfect game by any stretch of the imagination, but we held on and managed to finish it at the end,” Coach Kirkpatrick said.
“I was very proud of some of the players that are inexperienced and still developing, because they carried their weight today and that was important for the team. Josh Rummelhart usually doesn’t pitch and spent the whole game behind the plate and then came out and closed it on the mound, so I was very proud of him.
“Austin Hart and Bryce Schubert also did an exceptional job at the plate and helped us with some timely hits. Again, it was not a perfect game at all, but it was a nice win and we look forward to building on that.”
“The team is really starting to come together,” Josh Rummelhart said.
“Almost everyone in the lineup was hitting consistently. I had a lot of success with my fastball and an occasional curve ball. The other pitchers also pitched a great game.”
The Huskies are ranked 11 in the RPI rankings. RPI is Ratings Percentage Index. That means the Huskies’ winning percentage, the Huskies’ opponents’ winning percentage and their opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage. The RPI rankings are on chsaanow.com
After spring break, the Huskies will return April 2 at Arrupe Jesuit.