The Las Animas Trojans baseball team opened their regular season at home Saturday against league rivals, the Swink Lions.
Both teams came out hot – three runs apiece in the first inning, but the Lions kept adding to the score and even posted an 8-run fourth inning. By the fifth, the Lions had the 10-run lead on the Trojans and won 15-4.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Lions continued their momentum and posted a 10-run first inning. The Trojans never scored and the Lions added another 7 in the third to win 17-0.
Before the home opener, the Trojans faced Center, March 12 at Damon Runyon Field in Pueblo, a traditional start to the baseball season.
The Trojans were hot from the plate in the first inning, scoring 2 runs immediately, and they never looked back. With a high of 4 runs in the fourth, the Trojans by the fifth inning had the CHSAA limit 10-run rule on the Vikings and won by a score of 10-0.
Ben Nevland and Dylan Hogue batted 1.00 on the day. Nevland’s highlight includes 3 RBIs and Hogue smacked one out for a double. On the mound, Devon Frazier pitched the game in under 80 pitches – pitch count is still a rule in CHSAA ball – and threw a three-hitter.
The Trojans will host Peyton, Centauri, John Mall and Calhan in the annual Las Animas Tournament, Friday and Saturday at Sonny Smith Field and the adjoining fields.
Game 1: Swink 15, Las Animas 4 (in 5 innings)
Swink 15 12 0
Las Animas 4 5 5
Game 2: Swink 17, Las Animas 0 (in 4 innings)
Swink 17 10 0
Las Animas 0 2 3