Panthers win two, drop two over weekend

RANGELY I The Rangely High School baseball team traveled to Monticello, Utah, to take on the Dove Creek Bulldogs on Friday, April 1. With it being the folklore April Fool’s Day, the Panthers did have to face some adversity in having their games moved from Dove Creek to Monticello, Utah. This was
due to unplayable field conditions in Dove Creek. The Panthers responded well to the adversity and pulled away with two wins against the Bulldogs on the day. In game one, seniorJustin Cudo toed the rubber for the Panthers pitched five great innings. The Panthers were jumped out in the top of the first inning with five runs to give Cudo the ability to pitch with a lead and challenge hitters to collect outs. Cudo struck out nine Bulldog hitters while walking nine. Of the four runs surrendered by Cudo, only two were earned as he scattered eight hits through the five innings. Senior Keihlin Myers came in and pitched the final two innings for the Panthers. Myers gave up three hits, one run, one walk and he struck out two hitters.

Offensively, the Panthers were led by senior Byron Mackay and junior Kevin Wren who each had three hits in the game. Both Mackay and Wren also scored two runs each of the Panthers. Other Panthers to obtain hits off the Bulldog pitching staff were senior Brent Cantrell, sophomore Kobey Chism and freshman Marcos Q uintana, who all collected two hits each. Keihlin Myers, junior, Luis Q uintana, and
sophomore Dalton LeBleu rounded out the Panthers hitting with one hit apiece. The Panthers won the non-league matchup with a score of 11-5.

In game two, Keihlin Myers remained on the mound for the Panthers due to the Panthers having to
play four games in two days. Myers scattered seven hits over five innings for three runs while striking out four and walking one Bulldog hitter. Freshman Marcos Q uintana came in for the last two innings and held the Bulldogs scoreless while walking one and striking out three.

The Panthers were led at the plate by seniors Byron Mackay and Braxton Moore who each added two hits to their game totals. Justin Cudo and Kobey Chism both collected one hit and Chism scores two of the six runs for the Panthers. Kevin Wren scored two runs for the Panthers along with Dalton LeBleu and senior Wyatt Tull who scored one run each. The Panthers won the game 6-3 to secure another nonleague victory to push their overall record to 3-3.

The Panthers traveled to Cortez on Saturday to take on the Panthers of MontezumaCortez High School. Rangely did not fare as well in the two games as they dropped both to Montezuma-Cortez. Leading the Panthers offense was Justin Cudo who had three hits with three runs scored and two RBI’s. Luis Q uintana also collected three hits in the game while driving in one RBI. Kevin Wren and Byron Mackay both collected two hits in the game and one RBI between the two of them going to Mackay. The Panthers dropped the non-league game 7-11. The Panthers also dropped the second game on the day 16-1. The Panthers will return to play on Saturday, April 9 at the field of dreams for a nonleague match-up with the Cardinals of Grand Valley.

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