Triple R Report’s Game of the Day September 1st, 2016: Fowler Grizzlies @ Rocky Ford Meloneers

We’re a little less than two weeks into the 2016 Class 2A Volleyball season and Santa Fe League action is beginning to pick up. Today’s “Triple R Report’s Game of the Day” features the Fowler Grizzlies traveling down Highway 50 to play the Meloneers of Rocky Ford at the “Melon Dome”. Here is how each team stacks up:


  • 0-1 on the early season
    • Lost to Hoehne in 5 sets on Tuesday (25-19, 19-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-7)
  • Looked great in season opener, just came up short
  • Will play Las Animas next Thursday for only game of the week for Grizzlies
  • Fowler will look to bounce back this week against the Meloneers
    • Have played great against Rocky in the past.

Rocky Ford:

  • 2-2 so far in 2016
    • Went 2-1 @ Ellicott Tournament (defeated Ellicott & Center 2-0, lost to Highland 2-0)
    • Lost to John Mall on Tuesday 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-20)
  • Last year the Meloneers:
    • Finished 7th in the Santa Fe League
    • Lost 3-1 to John Mall in the District 6 pigtail
    • Finished Ranked 45th in 2A Volleyball
    • Return 8 players from last year’s varsity squad:
      • Lost Hannah Moore, Hannah Mayne, Leann Sackett, Alexis Mayne to graduation.
        • Moore now playing for Colby CC
      • Lost Kaylee Soltero due to moving
    • Triple R’s bold prediction for the season:
      • “Rocky Ford has been on the move up as of the past few years, look for that to continue in 2016. They’re ready to make some noise in the SFL.

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“Look for Fowler to get out early and stay there. As much as it pains me to say this being a former Meloneer, the Meloneers may have some trouble tonight. They may be playing from behind the whole night. But who knows maybe they’ll prove me wrong.”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Fowler defeats Rocky Ford in 3 sets.”

Well there you have it. Another “Triple R Report’s Game of the Day” preview. But we’re not done be sure to check out our preview as we look at the big RMAC matchup between the #5 CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves and the #18 Colorado School of Mines Orediggers. But if you aren’t going to make that trip all the way up to Golden, go to the Melon Dome and watch some great Santa Fe League Volleyball.


Triple R Report’s Game of the Day August 30th, 2016: Fowler Grizzlies @ Hoehne Farmers (Volleyball)

Well it’s back! The 2016-17 High School sports season kicked off last week and action is about to turn up as rivalries are renewed and championship are to be won. For the first day of the “Triple R Report’s Game(s) of the Day” segment we feature the Fowler Grizzlies and Hoehne Farmers in Santa Fe League volleyball action. Here’s each teams breakdown:


  • This is Fowler’s 1st game of the season.
  • Last Year the Grizzlies
    • Finished 2nd in the Santa Fe League just behind Rye
    • Finished by going 1-1 in pool play @ the State Tournament
    • Finished ranked 10th in Class 2A Volleyball
  • They return most of the team
    • Lexie Bitter moved on to play @ OJC
  • Triple R’s Bold Prediction for the season:
    • “Look for Fowler to have a big year once again, possibly finishing in the top 10.”


  • Begins 2016 1-1 overall
    • Lost to La Junta 3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-11)
    • Defeated Primero 3-1 (25-10, 25-15, 11-25, 25-22)
  • Last Year the Farmers:
    • Finsihed 4th in the Santa Fe League
    • Finished by going 0-2 @ District 6 Tournament
    • Finished ranked 33rd in Class 2A Volleyball
  • They return 9 players from last years squad
  • Triple R’s Bold Prediction for the season:
    • “Look for Hoehne to once again return to the domainant form they once had.”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Fowler defeats Hoehne in 4 sets”

There is your breakdown and prediction for tonight’s game. Be on the lookout for more “Triple R Report’s Game(s) of the Day”.


Arkansas Valley Sports Schedule (Week of 8/29-9/3)

High School sports are upon us, and we are in full swing of action this week. All football teams are back in action after a huge Zero Week for all. La Junta looks to get back to where they were last year, this time hoping to head to the State Title game. Rocky Ford is under new coaching staff as Sean McNames is now in charge. Rocky Ford and La Junta both competed up at the Eaton Tournament and both teams had great showings. The Meloneers are off this week, while the Tigers are back in action. Here is this week’s schedule and results as they become available:


Tuesday August 30th:


-Rocky Ford Meloneers vs. John Mall Panthers (Walsenburg, CO) 4pm

-Crowley County Chargers vs. Swallows Charter Academy Spartans (Ordway, CO) 4pm

-Fowler Grizzlies vs. Hoehne Farmers (Hoehne, CO) 4pm

-Las Animas Trojans vs. La Junta Tigers (Las Animas, CO) 4pm (KBLJ/KTHN)

-Cheraw Wolverines vs. Manzanola Bobcats (Manzanola, CO) 5pm


Thursday September 1st


-Rocky Ford Meloneers vs. Fowler Grizzlies (Rocky Ford, CO) 5pm

-Crowley County Chargers vs. John Mall Panthers (Ordway, CO) 4pm

-Swink Lions vs. Las Animas Trojans (Swink, CO) 5pm

-La Junta Tigers vs. St. Mary’s Pirates (La Junta, CO) 4pm


-La Junta Tigers vs. Pueblo County Hornets (La Junta, CO) 4pm (KBLJ)


Friday September 2nd


-Cheraw Wolverines vs. Edison Eagles (Cheraw, CO) 5:30pm


-Rocky Ford Meloneers vs. Limon Badgers (Rocky Ford, CO) 7pm

-Crowley County Chargers @ John Mall Panthers (Walsenburg, CO) 7pm

-Fowler Grizzlies vs. Las Animas Trojans (Las Animas, CO) 7pm (KTHN)

-Swink Lions vs. Granada Bobcats (Granada, CO) 7pm

-La Junta Tigers vs. Gunnison Cowboys (Gunnison, CO) 7pm (KBLJ)

-Cheraw Wolverines vs. Edison Eagles (Cheraw, CO) 7pm


Saturday September 3rd


-Swink Lions vs. Sargent Farmers (Sargent, CO) 12pm


-La Junta Tigers vs. James Irwin Jaguars (La Junta, CO) 11am *Double-Header* (KBLJ)




Stars Will Shine In San Diego

The All Star Break is upon us! Continuing Monday with the Home-Run Derby from Petco Park in San Diego. Be sure to tune in (6pm MT ESPN) to see the game’s best “long ball” hitters crush some “dingers” into the stands. This year’s contest, like last year’s, is a bracket format with contestants seeded by # of HR’s through last Wednesday and here is how it goes:



Qtr. Final #1: #1 Mark Trumbo BAL vs. #8 Corey Seager LAD: 16-15

Qtr. Final #2: #4 Robinson Cano SEA vs. #5 Giancarlo Stanton MIA: 24-7

Qtr. Final #3: #3 Adam Duvall CIN vs. #6 Wil Myers SD: 11-10

Qtr. Final #4: #2 Todd Frazier CHW vs. #7 Carlos Gonzalez COL: 13-12




Semi-Final #1:#1 Mark Trumbo BAL vs. #5 Giancarlo Stanton MIA: 17-14

Semi-Final #2: #3 Adam Duvall CIN vs. #2 Todd Frazier CHW: 16-15


#5 Giancarlo Stanton MIA vs. #2 Todd Frazier: 20-13

Then on Tuesday, tune in as the game’s best players all gather for the “Mid-Summer Classic”, the 87th All-Star Game live from Petco Park (6pm MT FOX). Here are the Rosters & Starting Lineups for both the National League & American League.

American League


C      Salvador Perez           KC Royals

1B     Eric Hosmer               KC Royals

2B     Jose Altuve                HOU Astros

SS     Xander Bogaerts       BOS Red Sox

3B     Manny Machado        BAL Orioles

OF     Mike Trout                 LA Angels

OF     Jackie Bradley Jr.      BOS Red Sox

OF     Mookie Betts            BOS Red Sox

DH     David Ortiz              BOS Red Sox


C        Stephen Vogt           OAK Athletics

C        Matt Weiters             BAL Orioles

1B      Miguel Cabrera         DET Tigers

2B      Robinson Cano         SEA Mariners

SS      Francisco Lindor       CLE Indians

3B      Josh Donaldson        TOR Blue Jays

IF       Eduardo Nunez         MIN Twins

OF     Carlos Beltran           NY Yankees

OF     Ian Desmond            TEX Rangers

OF     Mark Trumbo             BAL Orioles

OF     Michael Saunders     TOR Blue Jays


RHP     Marco Estrada        TOR Blue Jays (INJURED)

LHP     Cole Hamels           TEX Rangers

RHP     Danny Salazar        CLE Indians

LHP     Chris Sale               CHI White Sox

RHP     Steven Wright         BOS Red Sox

RHP     Dellin Bentances     NY Yankees

RHP     Brad Brach              BAL Orioles

RHP     Zach Britton            BAL Orioles

RHP     Alex Colome           TB Rays

RHP     Wade Davis            KC Royals (INJURED)

RHP     Will Harris               HOU Astros

RHP     Kelvin Herrera        KC Royals

RHP     Craig Kimbrel         BOS Red Sox (INJURED)

LHP     Andrew Miller          NY Yankees

RHP     Corey Kluber          CLE Indians (REPLACES Estrada)

RHP     Aaron Sanchez      TOR Blue Jays (REPLACES Kimbrel)

RHP     Jose Quintana       CHI White Sox (REPLACES Salazar)


Starting Lineup:

  1. Jose Altuve              2B      HOU Astros
  2. Mike Trout                CF     LA Angels
  3. Manny Machado      3B      BAL Orioles
  4. David Ortiz               DH     BOS Red Sox
  5. Xander Bogaerts      SS     BOS Red Sox
  6. Eric Hosmer             1B      KC Royals
  7. Mookie Betts            RF      BOS Red Sox
  8. Salvador Perez        C        KC Royals
  9. Jackie Bradley Jr.     LF      BOS Red Sox

P     Chris Sale     CHI White Sox


National League


C       Buster Posey           SF Giants

1B     Anthony Rizzo         CHI Cubs

2B     Ben Zobrist              CHI Cubs

SS     Addison Russell      CHI Cubs

3B     Kris Bryant               CHI Cubs

OF     Bryce Harper           WSH Nationals

OF     Yoenis Cespedes     NY Mets (INJURED)

OF     Dexter Fowler          CHI Cubs (INJURED)


C     Jonathan Lucroy          MIL Brewers

C     Wilson Ramos             WSH Nationals

1B     Paul Goldschmidt      ARI Diamondbacks

1B     Wil Myers                  SD Padres

2B     Daniel Murphy          WSH Nationals

SS     Corey Seager           LA Dodgers

3B     Nolan Arenado         COL Rockies

IF     Matt Carpenter          STL Cardinals (INJURED)

OF     Carlos Gonzalez     COL Rockies (WILL START for Cespedes)

OF     Odubel Herrera       PHI Phillies

OF     Marvell Ozuna        MIA Marlins (WILL START for Fowler)

OF     Adam Duvall          CIN Reds

IF     Aledmys Diaz          STL Cardinals (REPLACES Carpenter)

1B     Brandon Belt          SF Giants

OF     Starling Marte        PIT Pirates (REPLACES Fowler)

OF     Jay Bruce              CIN Reds (REPLACES Cespedes)


RHP     Jake Arrieta                 CHI Cubs

LHP     Madison Bumgarner     SF Giants

RHP     Johnny Cueto               SF Giants

RHP     Jose Fernandez           MIA Marlins

LHP     Clayton Kershaw           LA Dodgers (INJURED)

LHP     Jon Lester                     CHI Cubs

RHP     Stephen Strasburg       WSH Nationals

RHP     Noah Syndergaard       NY Mets

RHP     Julio Teheran                ATL Braves

RHP     Jeurys Familia              NY Mets

RHP     Kenley Jensen              LA Dodgers

RHP     Mark Melancon             PIT Pirates

RHP     A.J. Ramos                   MIA Marlins

RHP     Fernando Rodney         SD Padres/MIA Marlins

RHP     Max Scherzer               WSH Nationals (REPLACES Strasburg)

RHP     Bartolo Colon               NY Mets (REPLACES Bumgarner)

LHP     Drew Pomeranz          SD Padres (REPLACES Syndergaard)


Starting Lineup:

  1. Ben Zobrist            2B      CHI Cubs
  2. Bryce Harper         RF      WSH Nationals
  3. Kris Bryant             3B      CHI Cubs
  4. Wil Myers               DH     SD Padres
  5. Buster Posey          C       SF Giants
  6. Anthony Rizzo        1B     CHI Cubs
  7. Marcell Ozuna        CF     MIA Marlins
  8. Carlos Gonzalez     LF     COL Rockies
  9. Addison Russell      SS     CHI Cubs

P     Johnny Cueto     SF Giants

Can’t get to the TV for any or all the All-Star action? Don’t fret we have you covered here at the Triple R Report. Either check back on this post for all the updates or follow us on Facebook “Triple R Report” or follow us on Twitter “@triplerreport”. Be on the lookout for all the action from Petco Park in San Diego!







Major League Baseball: NL West Update

The NL West is being dominated by the San Francisco Giants, here’s the standings and upcoming games for the final week before the All-Star Break (July 4-10):


Week of 7/4-7/10


Monday July 4th (Independence Day)

2:00 pm

Colorado Rockies @ San Francisco Giants (Game 1 of 3): 3-1

  • W: Jake Peavy  SF (5-7, 5.04 ERA)
  • L: Tyler Anderson  COL (0-3, 3.03 ERA)
  • S: Santiago Casilla SF (20)


7:10 pm

Baltimore Orioles @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Game 1 of 3): 7-5

  • W:Joe Blanton LAD (4-2, 2.27 ERA)
  • L: Odrisamer Despaigne BAL (0-1, 3.18 ERA)
  • S: Kenley Jansen LAD (25)


7:10 PM

San Diego Padres @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Game 1 of 3): 8-4

  • W: Luis Perdomo SD (3-3, 7.93 ERA)
  • L: Archie Bradley ARI (3-4, 4.81 ERA)



Tuesday July 5th

7:40 PM

San Diego Padres @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Game 2 of 3): 7-5

  • W: Zack Godley ARI (2-0, 5.28 ERA)
  • L: Christian Friedrich SD (4-4, 4.42 ERA)
  • S: Brad Ziegler ARI (18)


8:10 PM

Baltimore Orioles @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Game 2 of 3): 4-1

  • W: Chris Tillman BAL (11-2, 3.55 ERA)
  • L: Kenta Maeda LAD (7-6, 3.07 ERA)
  • S: Zach Britton BAL (24)


8:15 PM

Colorado Rockies @ San Francisco Giants (Game 2 of 3): 7-3

  • W: Jordan Lyles COL (2-2, 7.43 ERA)
  • L: Cory Gearrin SF (3-1, 3.89 ERA)



Wednesday July 6th

1:10 PM

Baltimore Orioles @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Game 3 of 3): 6-4

  • W: Mychal Givens BAL (6-1, 3.52 ERA)
  • L: Chris Hatcher LAD (5.4, 5.11 ERA)
  • S: Zach Britton BAL (25)


7:40 PM

San Diego Padres @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Game 3 of 3): 13 -6

  • W: Jose Dominguez SD (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
  • L: Shelby Miller ARI (2-9, 7.14 ERA)


8:15 PM

Colorado Rockies @ San Francisco Giants (Game 3 of 3): 5-1

  • W: Johnny Cueto SF (13-1, 2.47 ERA)
  • L: Jorge De La Rosa COL (5-6, 5.74 ERA)


Thursday July 7th

6:40 PM

Philadelphia Phillies @ Colorado Rockies (Game 1 of 4): 11-2

  • W: Chad Bettis COL (7-6, 5.65 ERA)
  • L: Adam Morgan PHI (1-7, 6.65 ERA)
8:10 PM

San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Game 1 of 4): 6-0

  • W: Drew Pomeranz SD (8-7, 2.47 ERA)
  • L: Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD (0-1, 11.57 ERA)



Friday July 8th

6:10 PM

Philadelphia Phillies @ Colorado Rockies (Game 2 of 4): 5-3

  • W: Vince Velasquez PHI (8-2, 3.32 ERA)
  • L: Jake McGee COL (0-3 5.47 ERA)
  • S: Jeanmar Gomez PHI (24)


8:10 PM

San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Game 2 of 4): 10-6

  • W: Pedro Baez LAD (2-2, 3.19 ERA)
  • L: Andrew Cashner SD (3-7, 5.40 ERA)


8:15 PM

Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Francisco Giants (Game 1 of 3): 6-2

  • W: Jeff Samardzjia SF (9-5, 3.91 ERA)
  • L: Patrick Corbin ARI (4-7, 4.94 ERA)



Saturday July 9th

2:05 PM

Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Francisco Giants (Game 2 of 3): 4-2

  • W: George Kontos SF (2-1, 3.12 ERA)
  • L: Robbie Ray ARI (4-8, 4.81 ERA)
  • S: Santiago Casilla SF (21)


5:15 PM

San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Game 3 of 4): 4-3

  • W: Brandon McCarthy LAD (2-0, 2.70 ERA)
  • L: Luis Perdomo SD (3-4, 7.48 ERA)
  • S: Kenley Jansen LAD (26)


6:40 PM

Philadelphia Phillies @ Colorado Rockies (Game 3 of 4): 8-3

  • W: Tyler Anderson COL (1-3, 3.03 ERA)
  • L: Jerad Eickhoff PHI (6-10, 3.80 ERA)
  • S: Jordan Lyles COL (1)



Sunday July 10th

2:10 PM

San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Game 4 of 4): 3-1

  • W: Kenta Maeda LAD (8-6, 2.95 ERA)
  • L: Christian Friedrich SD (4-5, 4.50 ERA)
  • S: Kenley Jansen LAD (27)


2:10 PM

Philadelphia Phillies @ Colorado Rockies (Game 4 of 4):10-3

  • W: Zach Eflin PHI (2-2, 4.08 ERA)
  • L: Tyler Chatwood COL (8-5, 3.29 ERA)


6:00 PM

Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Francisco Giants (Game 3 of 3) *ESPN*: 4-0

  • W: Madison Bumgarner SF (10-4, 1.94 ERA)
  • L: Archie Bradley ARI (3-5, 4.64 ERA)


It’s Win or Go Home Time!: CHSAA Class 2A Regional/State Baseball

It’s time to play some ball! The 2A Regional/State Tournament Bracket is out, and it should be a great one! All 4 teams from District 6 qualified for the tournament. Here is the schedule and field selections:


Friday May 20th *Runyon Sports Complex, Hobbs Field/Andenuccio Field Pueblo, Colorado*

Regional Semi-Finals

Game 1: #1 Paonia Eagles vs. #16 Sargent Farmers *Hobbs Field*: 11-1 (6 innings)

Game 2: #8 Akron Rams vs. #9 Crowley County Chargers *Hobbs Field*: 12-5

Game 3: #4 County Line (Wiley/McClave) Rivals vs. #13 Limon Badgers *Andenuccio Field*: 4-0

Game 4: #5 Hotchkiss Bulldogs vs. #12 Peyton Panthers *Andenuccio Field*: 7-2

Regional Championships

Game 5: #1 Paonia Eagles vs. #8 Akron Rams *Hobbs Field*: 7-2

Game 6: #13 Limon Badgers vs. #5 Hotchkiss Bulldogs *Andenuccio Field*: 5-3


Saturday May 21st *Runyon Sports Complex, Hobbs Field/Andenuccio Field Pueblo, Colorado*

Regional Semi-Finals

Game 7: #3 Swink Lions vs. #14 Dayspring Christian Academy Eagles *Andenuccio Field*: 6-2

Game 8: #6 Rocky Ford Meloneers vs. #11 Dawson School Mustangs *Andenuccio Field*: 5-0

Game 9: #2 Sedgwick County Cougars vs. #15 Rye Thunderbolts *Hobbs Field*: 6-5 (8 innings)

Game 10: #7 Resurrection Christian Cougars vs. # 10 Haxtun Bulldogs *Hobbs Field*: 6-5

Regional Championships

Game 11: #14 Dayspring Christian Eagles vs. #11 Dawson School Mustangs *Andenuccio Field*: 13-3 (6 innings)

Game 12: #2 Sedgwick County Cougars vs. #7 Resurrection Christian Cougars *Hobbs Field*: 7-4


Saturday May 28th *Runyon Sports Complex, Hobbs Field/Andenuccio Field Pueblo, Colorado*

State Semi-Finals

Game 13: #1 Paonia Eagles vs. #13 Limon Badgers *Hobbs Field*: 4-2


Game 14: #11 Dawson School Mustangs vs. #2 Sedgwick County Cougars *Andenuccio Field*: 6-1

State Championship

Game 15: #13 Limon Badgers vs. #11 Dawson School Mustangs *Hobbs Field*: 13-4


Play Ball! Postseason Baseball is here!

Well high school baseball fans another season is almost in the books, but that also means that the most exciting time of year is here! That’s right Postseason Baseball, where anything can happen and nothing is guaranteed! Stay tuned to the Triple R Report for updates for our Arkansas Valley Teams including:


2A- Swink, Crowley County, Rocky Ford, Fowler, Las Animas

3A- La Junta





District 3 Tournament:

Tuesday May 3rd *Higher Seed Hosts*


  • #3 Holly vs #6 Springfield: 11-1 (5 innings)
  • #4 Cheyenne Wells vs. #5 Manzanola: 3-0


Friday May 6th *Sonny Smith Field Las Animas, Colorado*


  • #1 Granada vs. #5 Manzanola: 19-1 (5 innings)
  • #2 Eads vs. #3 Holly: 5-1

District 3 Championship

  • #1 Granada vs. #3 Holly: 11-1 (5 innings)


1A Regional/State Tournament:

Saturday May 14th *All-City Field/All-Star Park Lakewood, Colorado*


  • Game 1: #1 Granada vs. #8 Dove Creek *All-City Field*: 5-1
  • Game 2: #4 Fleming vs. #5 Manzanola *All-City Field*: 11-1 (5 innings)
  • Game 3: #3 Holly vs. #6 Nucla *All-Star Park*: 10-0
  • Game 4: #2 Eads vs. #7 Cornerstone Christian Academy *All-Star Park*: 13-5


  • Game 5: #8 Dove Creek vs #4 Fleming *All-City Field*: 4-1
  • Game 6: #3 Holly vs. #2 Eads *All-Star Park*: 15-4 (5 innings)


Thursday May 19th *All-Star Park Lakewood, Colorado*

State Championship

  • Game 7: #4 Fleming vs. #3 Holly (11am)




District 6 Tournament:


Tuesday May 10th  *Higher Seed Hosts*


  • #3 Rocky Ford vs. #6 Las Animas: 10-0 (6 Innings)
  • #4 County Line vs. #5 Fowler: 7-0


Saturday May 14th *Swink High School*


  • Game 1: #1 Swink vs. #4 County Line: 7-4
  • Game 2: #2 Crowley County vs. #3 Rocky Ford: 1-0

District 6 Championship

  • #4 County Line vs. #3 Rocky Ford: 8-5

*District 6 Champion receives automatic bid to Regional Tournament May 21st, seeded by RPI. Other 8 teams chosen through RPI.*




District 8 Tournament:


Saturday May 14th *22nd St. Park La Junta, Colorado*


  • Game 1: #6 La Junta vs. #27 Liberty Common: 7-4
  • Game 2: #11 Manitou Springs vs. #22 Coal Ridge: 9-1

Dsitrict 8 Championship

  • Game 3: #6 La Junta vs. #11 Manitou Springs: 7-3

*District 8 Champion advances to Regional Tournament May 21st.*




A Cinderella “Story” in the Making

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past 5 days, you know that “Baseball Is Back”, which means the Colorado Rockies are once again hoping to make a run deep into October. This year they may have found the guy to help them do it. If you don’t know his name by now make sure you take notice of it. The kid is named Trevor Story, and he’s already breaking records…oh did I mention he’s only played in 4 Major League games?


Trevor has made a name for himself in the Majors, most of it being done after just the opening series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Story went 4-for-14 with an average of .286. You may look at that like “oh, he only has four hits, what’s so special about him?” Those four “little” hits happen to be home-runs. That’s right the kid hit four homers in three games. Two of those came on his Major League debut. Now when the Baseball Hall of Fame asks for your batting helmet and gloves then you know you’ve done something special! For the records Story has set, they include: 1st player to have an Opening Day Debut and hit 2 HR’s, became the 2nd player (since 1900) with 3 HR’s in first 2 career games, 1st player since 1889 to follow a 2 HR debut with a home run in the second game. Story also joins a guy you may know by the name of Todd Helton as the only Rockies to homer in their first two Major League games.


So Major League Baseball and baseball fans especially take note of the kid named Trevor Story, he’s going to do some great things for the Colorado Rockies. This may just be a hunch but I don’t think this kid is quite done writing his “Story”

It’s That Time of Year Again! Baseball Is Back!

Baseball fans can now start to come out from wherever they have been hiding for the past few months, because “Baseball is Back”! District 6 baseball action kicked off  today with 3 games: County Line vs. Crowley County, Fowler vs. Rocky Ford, and Swink vs. Las Animas. Be on the lookout as all teams look to make a run to Runyon Field come May. Today we saw three series sweeps as County Line, Rocky Ford, and Swink all earned two big District 6 wins

.Here are my predictions for players from each team to watch this upcoming season:

–County Line Rivals: Luis Lopez (Senior) and Steven Weber (Senior)

–Crowley County Chargers: Bradley Clabey (Sophomore) and Hayden Carter (Sophomore)

–Rocky Ford Meloneers: Cody Venem (Junior) and Greg Garcia Jr, (Sophomore)

–Fowler Grizzlies: Alexander Proctor (Senior) and Dean Reed (Junior)

–Swink Lions: Nolan Grenard (Senior) Brent Ritter (Senior)

–Las Animas Trojans: Jacob Martinez (Sophomore) and Andrew Maes (Senior)



Games from Saturday April 2nd:

–County Line sweeps Crowley County (7-3. 9-6)

–Rocky Ford sweeps Fowler (17-0, 11-7)

–Swink sweeps Las Animas (16-0, 11-1)


Upcoming Games This Week:

April 4th:

–Crowley County @ Limon (4pm)

April 5th:

–Genoa Hugo @ Crowley County (4pm)

–Rocky Ford @ John Mall (DH 4:30pm & 7pm)

–Swink @ Calhan (4pm)

–Granada @ Las Animas (3pm)

–Fowler @ Holly (3pm)

–Springfield @ County Line (DH 3pm & 5pm)

April 7th:

–Limon @ Swink (4pm)

April 8th:

–Fowler @ County Line (DH 3pm & 5pm)*

April 9th:

–Crowley County @ Las Animas (DH 10am & 12pm)*^

–Swink @ Rocky Ford (DH 10am & 12:30pm)*^


*=District 6 Game

^=Game on KTHN/KBLJ


Let The Madness Begin! #3 Wray vs. #6 Swink (State Tournament) PREVIEW

Today’s the day Arkansas Valley sports fans! The 2A State Tournament kicks of today at Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Massari Arena. The #6 Seed Swink Lady Lions take on the #3 Seed Wray Lady Eagles. Winner plays in the semi-final tomorrow afternoon. the loser fall to the consolation bracket.

The Lions come into the matchup with an overall record of 21-3 and a Santa Fe League record of 15-1. They had a rough road to the State Tournament.  They had to beat the Rye Thunderbolts twice in the same season, which everyone knows is not easy. Swink and Rye ran away with the SFL #1 and #2 seeds, with the #1 seed being decided by free throw percentage. Wray comes in to the game with an overall record of 18-5 and a Lower Platte aleague record of 7-1. Wray plays in the same league as Yuma so they have experience against a great team.

Swink comes in averaging 43.3 points per game, with an average of 12.1 assist per game. The Lions will need to work the ball inside to their post players. Another must is getting to the free throw line. The cliche is always true, “free throws win games” along with “defense wins championships”. Look for the Swink defense to step up huge tonight in hopes of an upset.

The Eagles come in averaging 65 points per game. They also average 20.5 assists per game, so they move the ball around really well. Look for them to work for a good shot, and use the clock to their advantage. They also like to run the floor, so if the Lions can hold them back from doing that, they should do well in the game

This is Swink’s first State Tournament berth since 2001, so don’t think they’re going to be an easy out while they’re there. This team is coming to play and will look to make some noise. An upset in this game would not surprise me, Swink has been playing really well as of late and their offense is clicking at the right time in the season. Look for the game to be close, possibly coming down to who has the final possession of the game.

Like I’ve said before, they don’t call it “March Madness” for nothing! See you at Massari Arena!

Players to Watch For:

Swink–Taiylor Holland (Senior) & Whitney Nelson (Junior)

Wray–Hannah Lenz (Senior) & Morgan Smith (Freshman)