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RANGELY I With snow still on the field, the Rangely High School baseball team has been practicing inside for most of the past two weeks. The lack of field time showed in three games the Panthers played last weekend in Moab, Utah.
“We got beat on pretty good,” head coach Paul Fortunato said of three games they lost. “We played all Utah teams ranked in the top 10 and got worked pretty good. It showed that we hadn’t been out on a field much.”
The Panthers lost 12-1 to Moab, 18-0 to Millard and 10-4 against American Leadership Academy. Josh and Chad Bolding, along with Cameron Enterline and Bryson Palacios, threw from the mound for the Panthers.
Fortunato said they have scrimmaged Rifle and Steamboat but had only been “on a field a couple of times.”
The Panthers have 17 out for the team, including five seniors: Chad Bolding, Palacios, Tobie Gasper, Gabe Garcia and James Rogers. Wes Torsell, Gary Denny and Jeremy Lohry are assisting Fortunato with coaching duties this year.
The Panthers are currently on spring break and will travel to Utah again to play Union High School in Roosevelt.