BY NICK ROBINSON
COLORADO SPRINGS— After an 0-3 start to the season, the Denver Generals handed the Colorado Springs Renegades two losses by final scores of 6-4 and 11-4, on Sunday afternoon at Mountain Lion Park.
“We knew things would start going sometime soon,” Denver third baseman Matt Anderson said. “We have a lot of talent on our team, so it was just a matter of time.”
In the first game, the Generals (2-3) were tied with the Renegades (6-4) through the fifth inning, until Anderson helped power Denver to five combined runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
“This was a lot better than losing,” Anderson added. “It feels good. But we aren’t going to let two wins get into our head. We still have a lot of baseball left against good, quality teams.”
Ben Muscatello (6 2/3 IP, 4 K’s) earned the victory for Denver. Anderson (3-3, 3 hits, 2 RBI’s) and Kaleb Hansen (1-2, 2 runs) led the Generals offense. Jay Onken (5 IP, 6 K’s) dropped the decision for Colorado Springs. Brevin Owen (3-4, RBI) helped create life for the Renegades offense.
In game two, Denver piled on its 11 runs in the first four innings. Anderson, a Littleton native, and Grayson College (Denison, TX) continued his dominance, with three hits and two RBI’s.
“I think our approach at the plate has been a lot better,” Anderson said. “Once we got going, the hits piled on and so did the runs. The goal now is to keep it rolling over into the next game.”
After chatting with former league owner, Kent Gregory, Anderson feels the Generals have been what he was looking for this summer.
“I needed a team to play on in the summer,” he explained. “After talking with Kent Gregory, he felt the Generals would be a good fit. And so far, they have been.”
Denver will host Thunder Academy on Tuesday at Bear Creek High School, while the Renegades end a nine-game home streak on Monday, against the Northern Colorado Roughnecks at Mountain Lion Park.
“It’s just a boost of confidence,” Anderson said. “All the at bats I had were quality today, not just mine. The hope is that we can keep this up.”
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