MEEKER I Wet spring weather canceled one game for the Cowboys last week and they were forced to play the state’s No. 1 team on a neutral field because of poor field conditions at home. The Cowboys, currently 5-9, are playing for a district playoff berth and a win Saturday against the Bruins from Cedaredge could help.
A game against the Moffat County Bulldogs in Craig was canceled last week because of weather and Meeker was supposed to host Paonia last Saturday but the doubleheader was moved to Rifle because the Paintbrush Park field was too wet.
The Cowboys lost both games against the No. 1 ranked Paonia Eagles, 9-2 and 13-3 but head coach Brian Merrifield said the games were closer than the scores indicated.
“Game one was a battle into the seventh, where we gave up five runs and lost 9-2,” coach Merrifield said of the first game, which counts for league records.
Logan Hughes started on the mound for the Cowboys, while Hunter Garcia and Trapper Merrifield pitched the second game.
Garcia, Merrifield and Garrett Frantz, all had base hits in the first game, including a RBI by Merrifield in the fifth.
The boys played their hearts out and left it all on the field in the first game,” coach Merrifield said.
In the second game, Doak Mantle and Ty Gibson each recorded two hits for the Cowboys, while Hughes and Nick Burri, each picked up one.
Coach Merrifield said his team is currently third in the district and a win against Rangely and Cedaredge should push the Cowboys into post-season play.
The district tournament will be played in Cortez, May 13 and 14.