USU Eastern first baseman Denver Hansen, right, celebrates with Jake Meservey after scoring a run in a win over Dawson CC last week. Hansen collected six hits and knocked in four runs in two games against Colorado Northwestern CC in a doubleheader that was played despite heavy snow at times.
The USU Eastern Golden Eagles normally have to deal with facing tough batters and pitchers on both sides of the ball. But over the weekend in Rangely, Colo., the team faced a new threat. Cold and snowy weather.
In a doubleheader that was affected by the elements, the Golden Eagles split a doubleheader with Colorado Northwestern CC on Friday with the Golden Eagles winning the first game 8-6 and falling in the second game 14-10.
USU Eastern head coach Scott Madsen said the team was doing everything they could to keep warm in the dugout on a cold and dreary day in Rangely.
"We had propane heaters going on both sides in the dugout," said Madsen. "They worked great for us until the propane ran out during the second game."
In the 8-6 win, catcher Matt Gochis and first basemen Denver Hansen combined for four hits and six runs as the Golden Eagles took an early 3-0 lead before adding runs in the last four innings.
Pitcher Chance Abrath picked up the win for the Golden Eagles battling through six walks in 4 2/3 innings, allowing four unearned runs.
"It's really hard to pitch in the freezing cold but Chance battled through it and our relievers helped close out the win," Madsen said.
As the second game of the doubleheader was getting underway, Madsen said the snow began falling harder. USU Eastern starter Jake Meservey lasted only 2 1/3 innings allowing seven runs, five earned, as the home team opened up a 7-3 lead through three innings.
The Golden Eagles offense continued to get runs across the plate as they scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to cut the deficit to 8-7. However CNCC added five runs in the bottom of the inning to extend the lead to 13-7.
USU Eastern mounted a final rally in the ninth inning scoring three runs before CNCC closed out the game for the 14-10 win.
The Golden Eagles will travel back to Rangely today to play another doubleheader that was canceled due to the snow.
While the loss snapped USU Eastern's seven game win streak, Madsen said the team will need to focus on continuing to stay above .500 while facing tough competition.
"We'll have to rely on our young pitching staff to get through some of the upcoming games," he said. "We really need to work hard to win these two games and our games this weekend on the road against Salt Lake CC."