By Ben Rossi Wednesday afternoon gave a small taste of what should be an entertaining season series between the Colorado Lumberjacks and Spradley Collegians, one that will conclude next Wednesday night in Pueblo. Wednesday night's game will mark a special event for the league as it will be dollar beer night in Pueblo, an event expected to draw a good chunk of the community out there. Going into the game, these two teams sat neck-and-neck at third and fourth place in the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League's standings. While the Colorado Lumberjacks lit up the scoreboard with 16 runs on the [...]
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By Ben Rossi Batters Box went into Monday's matchup against the Spradley Collegians looking to make a climb in the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League standings. As a team that has put up strong scoring performances in their victories this season, they were seeking a strong outing from a starting pitcher. They got one from JC Watne. Watne allowed just one run and one hit while striking out seven in five innings of work. He was working his fastball effectively on the outside corner and was perfect through four innings. "I had to make a mechanical adjustment in the first inning [...]
By Ben Rossi Will the real Collegians please stand up? The Mile High Collegiate Baseball League's two Collegians of Boulder and Spradley went head-to-head for the first time on Friday. Each team certainly wanted to prove they were the superior of the two with that name. Like Wednesday against the Lumberjacks, the Boulder Collegians got two shutout pitching performances from their starters to sweep the doubleheader matchup. Theo Dopkins took the mound for Boulder in Game 1. Despite giving off a leadoff base hit in 4-of-the-five innings he pitched, Dopkins escaped each inning without any run damage by retiring the next [...]
Thursday's game at Denver Christian High School between the Denver Generals and Colorado Cannons was a marathon of surprises and breakouts, to say the least. In the top of the fourth inning the Cannons had the bases juiced when the rain pelted the field, causing the game to be called off for about a 20 minutes. When the game resumed, the teams took two very different approaches. The Generals who were down by two made a nearly complete lineup overhaul while the Cannons kept their starting lineup in tact throughout the game. Neither approach was really defined as a winner for [...]
Boulder Collegians Sweep Colorado Lumberjacks in Doubleheader Thanks to Two Strong Pitching PerformancesAmanda2021-07-02T12:55:31-07:00
By Ben Rossi Scoring early and often is a recipe for success that teams should strive for as it takes a major weight off a team's starter for the duration of the game. The Boulder Collegians success as one of the top teams in the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League this season has stemmed from their ability to score in this fashion. "When you score early and often it really takes the wind out of the sails for the other team," said Collegians center fielder Ryan Vogel. The Collegians continued this formula as they took early leads in both games. This [...]
By Ben Rossi "It feels phenomenal! It's a pleasure!," Landon Gaber's postgame statement following his four hit four RBI performance summed up a historic night for the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League at the Assembly Athletic Complex. Tuesday night marked the first ever MHCBL feature game. The Boulder 14ers and Fort Collins Bandits squared off in Downtown Denver. An initial rain pour left fans, players and everyone in a frenzy of uncertainty. But the rain delay that pushed the game start 15 minutes later, gave both teams the chance to soak in the spectacular venue. "This field is one of the [...]
By Ben Rossi Two of the top four teams in the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League clashed on Sunday, but were stuck with two rain and lightning delays at Rock Canyon High School . The Colorado Lumberjacks and Fort Collins Bandits finally got underway at 4:45pm, a game in which the tables would turn dramatically. The Bandits got off to an early 3-0 lead in the thanks to RBI's by the top of the order hitters Tommy Alitz and Nathan Dill. "Seeing the ball well and the team, everything's contagious," Dill said on his recent hitting success. "When we're swinging it [...]
By Ben Rossi In a league like the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League, it is imperative that coaches try to win. But it is also important to balance being competitive with giving each of their players playing time and the chance develop. The Denver Generals managed to do both in Thursday's 8-2 victory over the Spradley Collegians. This win marked both a chance for the Generals to start to turn their season around while avenging earlier losses on the year to that same opponent. The win came thanks to their hitting depth and exceptional pitching performances, something they have needed all [...]
In baseball, each game is a new one regardless of how close in time it was played to the last one. Wednesday's doubleheader at All Star Park was a prime example of this. The two games between Batters Box and the Colorado Lumberjacks ended in opposite fashion. One on a walk-off, the other by a mercy rule blowout. Game 1 saw the two teams knotted up as each teams' pitchers kept the oppositions offense grounded. Both teams emphasized better pitching and fundamental defense as the keys towards getting a competitive edge against the opposition as they each had something to prove. [...]
It is always a great day for a baseball team when they are hitting and scoring. It is an especially great luxury for a manager when the bottom hitter in his lineup bas a big day. The Colorado Cannons got exactly that from catcher and eighth place hitter Keaton Heyneman. He and starting pitcher Brady Mello each had big days. They led the team to a 9-5 victory over Batters Box on Monday. The Cannons were looking to get things going as they currently sit in second to last place in the league. Going into the game, the Cannons were confident [...]