The Platte Canyon Huskies baseball team has had a topsy-turvy season thus far. The roster is highlighted by a talented core of underclassmen and features just three upperclassmen on the entire team.
The following provides a recap of the 2021 campaign thus far.
The teams were tied at two after the first inning. Allen Hardey belted a two-run home run for the Huskies. The Panthers pitching shut down the Huskies offense the rest of the game, allowing only a single by Kolton Brown.
Hardey struck out five batters. Sean Lucas, Greg Oramas and Jack McMahen struck out one batter apiece and Jacob Fitzwater struck out two batters.
It was a short break for the Huskies before they hosted Gilpin County May 6.
Both teams’ offenses were clicking in the first two innings. Gilpin scored three in the top of the first. The Huskies matched that thanks to McMahen and Fitztwater and each recording an RBI apiece. Brown also had an RBI single.
After Gilpin scored two, the Huskies scored five, led by a two-run double by Oramas. The Huskies led 8-5 after two innings. Pitching took over the next three innings. Freshman Oramas struck out six batters in those three innings. Oramas had to leave the mound with one out in the fifth due to his pitch count.
Fitzwater came in to relieve Oramas and struck out two batters to end the inning. The sixth was scoreless as the Huskies still led 8-5 after six innings. Gilpin scored four runs in the top of the sixth. They held off a Husky rally and won 9-8.
Oramas had ten strikeouts, Fitzwater had three and Lucas had two. Boyer had four hits, while Brown and McMahen had two apiece. McMahen had one RBI. Cash Durrant, Lucas, Oramas, Hardey and Fitzwater had one hit apiece. Oramas had two RBIs and Brown, McMahen and Lucas had one RBI apiece.
The Huskies offense had a slow start but led 3-0 after four innings. Hardey struck out 12 batters in the first four innings.
The Huskies offense went to work in the top of the fifth. In the inning, Lucas had a two-run home run and a double. Boyer cintributed a three-run double and an RBI double in the inning.
Boyer led the way with four hits, which included two doubles, scored three runs and collected four RBIs. Lucas had a single, a two-run, inside-the-park home run and scored two runs. Oramas recorded a single, a triple, one RBI and scored three runs. McMahen had a single, a double, one RBI and scored two runs.
Hardey struck out 13 batters in the victory.
The Huskies battled conference foe Sheridan and both teams were scoreless after two innings. Oramas had three strikeouts. The Rams scored five runs in the bottom of the third and two more in the fifth to go ahead 7-0. Oramas was hit by a pitch to start the top of the sixth and later scored on an error. Hardey went to second and then third on steals and scored on a passed ball. The Huskies scored one more run.
The Huskies held the Rams in the bottom of the sixth. Lucas and Oramas both scored on a single by Hardey. The Huskies late rally fell short, however, resulting in a 7-5 loss.
Hardey had two singles, two RBIs, scored one run and managed three stolen bases. Oramas walked once, scored two runs and stole two bases. McMahen and Patterson had one hit apiece. Patterson had one steal and walked once. Fitzwater scored one run, walked twice and added one stolen base. Lucas scored one run, walked once and had one steal. Boyer had one hit, one walk and one steal.
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Oramas and and McMahen had singles for the Huskies and Boyer was hit by a pitch. Oramas had two steals. Fitzwater struck out three batters.
The Huskies got off to a good start in the top of the first. Fitztwater reached on a dropped third strike, went to second on a passed ball and third on a steal. He scored on an error by the third baseman. Lucas walked and went to second on a steal. He went to third on a single by Hardey. Hardey went to second on a steal. Lucas scored and Hardey advanced to third on a single by Oramas. The Saints scored one in the bottom of the first.
The second inning was scoreless. Oramas struck out the side and that made it five for the game. With two outs, the Huskies got things going. Oramas doubled and advanced to third on a steal. McMahen singled and Oramas scored. Durrant singled and McMahen went to third. Patterson tripled, McMahen and Durrant scored.
The Saints scored one in the bottom of the third to make it 5-2. Oramas struck out three more batters. Fitzwater singled and later scored on a sacrifice bunt. Again, Oramas struck out the side, making it 11 for the game. The Saints were held again and it was six to two after five innings. Ormas struck out three more.
Patterson hit an inside-the-park home run, and again the Saints were held with Oramas striking out two more. Oramas finished his day on the mound with 14 strikeouts in five innings.
The Huskies scored three more in the sixth. Hardey went in to pitch for Oramas and struck out two.
It was a big inning for the Huskies in the top of the seventh, as they scored 13 runs.
They led 23-2 going to the bottom of the seventh. McMahen came in for Hardey. He gave up one run, but struck out two to notch the 23-3 victory.
Fitzwater registered four singles, scored four runs and recorded three steals. Hardey had five hits which included two doubles, six RBIs, scored three runs and had one stolen base.
Patterson had a double, triple and home run with four RBIs and scored three runs. Nelson had a three-run double, while freshman teammate McMahen had two singles, scored two runs and three RBIs.
McMahen and Hardey struck out two apiece in relief duties on the mound.