Ignacio ends Panthers’ season 12-9

Rangely’s Kindal Cushman and teammate Daniel Garcia celebrated after Cushman hit one of his three home runs in the first game of a doubleheader last week against Meeker. The Panthers won both games, but saw their season end at districts.
Rangely’s Kindal Cushman and teammate Daniel Garcia celebrated after Cushman hit one of his three home runs in the first game of a doubleheader last week against Meeker. The Panthers won both games, but saw their season end at districts.

RANGELY I The Panthers’ baseball team saw its stellar season come to a close this past Saturday.
Rangely, which won the Class 2A Western Slope League title to earn a top seed in the District 1 and 2 Tournament, made an early exit from the four-team event with a 12-9 loss to Ignacio in Cortez.
Ignacio, which eventually advanced to the Class 2A Regionals with a 10-9 victory against Paonia later in the day, pounded out 16 hits against Rangely. Six players in Ignacio’s lineup had at least two hits.
Rangely, which finished the season with a 15-4 overall record, picked up a pair of non-league victories against Meeker on May 5. The Panthers won the first game, 22-13, before prevailing 15-6 in the nightcap.
Those were the final victories of the season in what served as a milestone campaign for Rangely. In all, the Panthers outscored their opponents 250-131. It also served as a season of recovery and establishment for Rangely, which posted a 5-15 overall record just two years ago.
Senior Adam Dahl finished as the team’s leading hitter with a .644 batting average. His seven home runs tied Kindal Cushman for the team lead in home runs. Cushman’s 32 RBIs were also a team high.
Dahl and Cushman, along with Travis Witherell and Jason Stults, played their final games in a Rangely uniform. Eleven players from this year’s team — including five freshman and four sophomores — are slated to return for the 2010-11 season.