Baseball takes a swing at two-time defending league champ Brighton


Feature Photo by Aaron Braun: Junior Isaiah Carrillo pitches against Littleton. Carrillo threw all seven innings to get the win for the Raiders.

By Aaron Braun, Reporter

Rangeview baseball is on a hot streak as they enter league play. After suffering back-to-back losses against Smoky Hill and Fort Collins, Rangeview began to heat up and went on a four game winning streak. On April 20th the team traveled to Coors Field to play a non-league game against the number one team in 4A, Silver Creek. Unfortunately, the Raiders came up short and could not increase their winning streak, the final score of the game was 9-3. This is the third consecutive year the Raiders were able to play at the Coors Field. Rangeview’s record at Coors Field is 1-2.

“Two out of three losses were to the top 5 teams; we are playing quality games,” Coach Gausman said about the boys losses.

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Sophomore Andrew Cooper Catches against Littleton. Cooper has taken over as the starting catcher. (Aaron Braun)

Although the boys are coming off a loss, they are still looking to keep the ball rolling and collect more wins in league play. Gausman’s plan was to play hard, non-league games, in order to prepare for the more important league games. So far, a huge factor that is contributing to their six wins is the work coming off the mound. Some of the success also goes to the new pitching coach, Patrick Hogarty.

“You need a wild card, and (Hogarty) provides that,” Coach Gausman stated. “ He works the pitcher’s tails. He instills a good work ethic.”

This season junior Isaiah Carrillo has been able to excel on the mound under the new coaching staff. Carrillo has been on the mound in six different games and has played a total of 20 innings. In half of his appearances he did not give up a single earned run. As of now, his ERA is an astounding 3.1. Carrillo also has struck out 16 batters.

”(Coach H) gives me more confidence, no matter who we play.”  Carrillo says.” We are becoming dangerous because we are coming together as team.”

Today, April 22nd, Rangeview will face a compatible league rival, Brighton High School. Brighton is the two time defending EMAC champions. Rangeview has not taken home a “W” against the Bulldogs since 2011. Carrillo will be the starting pitcher of today’s matchup. Although the game will be held at Brighton High School, Rangeview will be the home team on the scoreboard due to bad field conditions at Rangeview