Panthers defeat Cowboys

The Rangely Panther baseball team defeated the Meeker Cowboys last Saturday 12-1 in the first game and 9-8 in the second, on a cold day.
Rangely pitcher Kody Denny walked the first three batters and allowed Meeker to score their only run in the first inning but settled down and only allowed one hit in the first game.
The Panthers came back with three runs in the bottom of the first inning and had 11 hits, including a two-run homer by Chaz Byerly in the second inning, where the the team scored three more runs.
The game was called after Meeker batted in the fifth inning, unable to pull within 10 runs.
In the second game, neither team scored until the third inning, with Rangely taking a 5-2 lead. Meeker pulled within one in the top of the fourth, until Panther Kacey Denning hit a home run in the bottom of the fourth.
Meeker’s Jose Villalpando, Trevor and Tanner Matrisciano all crossed the plate in the sixth inning but Byerly scored in the bottom of the inning and Meeker did not score in the seventh.
“They hit well,” Rangely coach Paul Fortunato said of his team. “The bottom of the order finally came around.”
The Panthers are currently 4-7 and will host Moffat County today. Meeker is currently 5-5 and will host a JV game today against Hayden and play a doubleheader in Paonia Saturday.