Season ends for Meeker, excited about the future

The Meeker High School baseball team (above) lost 3-2 to the Dolores Bears in the first round of the 2A state playoffs in Cortez, but everyone is excited about the future of Cowboy baseball. Playing for the Cowboys in the front row are Matt Devore, Cody Stickler, Kenny Kohls, Chevy Mohr, Dillan Frantz and Hunter Garcia. In the back row are: head coach Jason Browning, Bruno Juarez, Tony Collins, Jake Smith, Tanner Matriciano, Dylan Mobley, Matt Frantz and assistant coach Brian Merrifield.

The Meeker High School baseball team (above) lost 3-2 to the Dolores Bears in the first round of the 2A state playoffs in Cortez, but everyone is excited about the future of Cowboy baseball. Playing for the Cowboys in the front row are Matt Devore, Cody Stickler, Kenny Kohls, Chevy Mohr, Dillan Frantz and Hunter Garcia. In the back row are: head coach Jason Browning, Bruno Juarez, Tony Collins, Jake Smith, Tanner Matriciano, Dylan Mobley, Matt Frantz and assistant coach Brian Merrifield.
The Meeker High School baseball team (above) lost 3-2 to the Dolores Bears in the first round of the 2A state playoffs in Cortez, but everyone is excited about the future of Cowboy baseball. Playing for the Cowboys in the front row are Matt Devore, Cody Stickler, Kenny Kohls, Chevy Mohr, Dillan Frantz and Hunter Garcia. In the back row are: head coach Jason Browning, Bruno Juarez, Tony Collins, Jake Smith, Tanner Matriciano, Dylan Mobley, Matt Frantz and assistant coach Brian Merrifield.
MEEKER I For the first time in several years, the Meeker Cowboy baseball team advanced to post-season play. And although the Dolores Bears ended the Cowboys’ season with a 3-2 win in Cortez in the first round of the 2A state playoffs, Meeker coaches are excited about the future.
“The current players proved that not only is the post-season possible, but we belonged there,” head coach Jason Browning said of his team’s tournament play. “That was a big step for us as a program, and coach (Brian) Merrifield and I are very excited for the future.”
(Below) Meeker senior Kenny Kohls was the Cowboys’ starting pitcher against the Bears and he threw five innings with no walks and only gave up two hits. Kohls will be joining the United States Marine Corps after graduation.
(Below) Meeker senior Kenny Kohls was the Cowboys’ starting pitcher against the Bears and he threw five innings with no walks and only gave up two hits. Kohls will be joining the United States Marine Corps after graduation.
The Cowboys traveled to Cortez for the game against the Bears, where neither team scored until the sixth inning, when all five runs were scored.
“We played our best game of the season on defense,” Browning said. “Kenny Kohls (senior) was our pitcher and he threw five innings without any walks and only gave up two base hits, everything was on the ground or hit weakly in the air.”
The Cowboys scored in the top of the sixth inning, when junior Matt Frantz singled and was batted in by senior Tanner Matrisciano. Matrisciano later scored his team’s final run on a passed ball.
“We gave up a couple of hits and a couple of walks in the bottom of the sixth and they scored three runs,” Browning said. “In the seventh, we got the winning run on base but couldn’t score, so the game ended 3-2.”
Coach Browning was thankful for the dedication and path his seniors, Kohls, Matrisciano, Dylan Mobley, Chevy Mohr and Bruno Juarez, set his team on.
“It was a difficult season that ended well,” Browning said of his seniors’ season. “I appreciate the work they put in to set us up for the future.”