2013 HS Baseball – Columbine at Ralston Valley

Tuesday evening, with the threat of more snow looming over the Denver metro area, I headed out to Ralston Valley High School to cover the varsity baseball game between the Columbine Rebels and the Ralston Valley Mustangs.  Happily, with the sun we have had, the field was no longer muddy and was easy to move around without getting stuck or slipping and falling.

April 30th, 2013: Columbine Rebel junior Donny Ortiz (3) swings at a pitch in the game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at Ralston Valley High School

April 30th, 2013: Columbine Rebel junior Donny Ortiz (3) swings at a pitch in the game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at Ralston Valley High School

The home team Mustangs jumped on the board first with 1st inning home runs by senior Daniel Skipper and junior Jacob Gallegos after holding Columbine scoreless in the top half of the inning.

April 30th, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs junior Jacob Gallegos (27) watches the ball sail over the fence for a home run in the game against the Columbine Rebels at Ralston Valley High School

April 30th, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs junior Jacob Gallegos (27) watches the ball sail over the fence for a home run in the game against the Columbine Rebels at Ralston Valley High School

Both teams could not cross a runner in the second inning, but Columbine took a 1 run lead in the top of the third inning but Ralston Valley came right back and tied the game up in the bottom half with one run.

April 30th, 2013: Columbine Rebel junior Donny Ortiz (3) puts the bat on the ball in the game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at Ralston Valley High School

April 30th, 2013: Columbine Rebel junior Donny Ortiz (3) puts the bat on the ball in the game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at Ralston Valley High School

In the 4th inning, Columbine added 3 runs to take a 6 to 3 lead over the home team Mustangs and they held Ralston Valley scoreless for the next two innings.

April 30th, 2013: Columbine Rebel junior Austin Anderson (24) slaps at a strike in the game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at Ralston Valley High School

April 30th, 2013: Columbine Rebel junior Austin Anderson (24) slaps at a strike in the game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at Ralston Valley High School

With a 6 to 3 lead going into the 6th inning, it looked like Columbine was going to have no trouble capturing the win, and after the top half of the inning, the Rebels tacked on two more runs, leading by 5 runs going into the bottom half of the frame.

April 30th, 2013: Columbine Rebel senior Logan Smith (34) attempts to throw a runner out at first base in the game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at Ralston Valley High School

April 30th, 2013: Columbine Rebel senior Logan Smith (34) attempts to throw a runner out at first base in the game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at Ralston Valley High School

It was going to take a massive offensive attack from Ralston Valley to catch up, but in the bottom of the 6th inning, they put on a scoring blitz, crossing the plate 4 times to come within 1 run of the visiting Columbine team.

April 30th, 2013: Columbine Rebel senior Logan Smith (34) slaps a bunt down the third base line in the game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at Ralston Valley High School

April 30th, 2013: Columbine Rebel senior Logan Smith (34) slaps a bunt down the third base line in the game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at Ralston Valley High School

In the top of the 7th inning, the Mustangs held Columbine scoreless, keeping their hopes alive to tie or win the game in the bottom half of the last inning.  The Rebels, however, had their own ideas, and kept the Mustangs from getting anyone home and captured the road win, 8-7.

April 30th, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs 6'-10" senior pitcher Daniel Skipper (23) delivers a pitch in the game against the Columbine Rebels at Ralston Valley High School

April 30th, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs 6′-10″ senior pitcher Daniel Skipper (23) delivers a pitch in the game against the Columbine Rebels at Ralston Valley High School

The most impressive player for me was from Ralston Valley.  6 foot 10 inch senior Daniel Skipper.  He had a towering home run in the first inning, and while he gave up some late inning runs when he took the mound to pitch, once he settled in, he was a tough pitcher.  I can only imagine being a batter facing this 6′-10″ hurler.

April 30th, 2013: Columbine Rebel senior Logan Smith (34) attempts to throw a runner out at first base in the game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at Ralston Valley High School

April 30th, 2013: Columbine Rebel senior Logan Smith (34) attempts to throw a runner out at first base in the game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at Ralston Valley High School

During the game it started to spit some rain, and the lighting was all over the place.  We had sun, overcast, backlight, side light, a very tough outing exposure-wise, but I made due, and came back with some decent images.

April 30th, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs junior Mitch Robinson (16) runs to third base after a ball reaches the outfield in the game against the Columbine Rebels at Ralston Valley High School

April 30th, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs junior Mitch Robinson (16) runs to third base after a ball reaches the outfield in the game against the Columbine Rebels at Ralston Valley High School

The ball field at Ralston Valley is nice too, with great views of the foothills, and most of Arvada.  A very pretty surrounding, much better than parking lots and roads.

April 30th, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs junior Jacob Knipp (5) connects with the ball in the game against the Columbine Rebels at Ralston Valley High School

April 30th, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs junior Jacob Knipp (5) connects with the ball in the game against the Columbine Rebels at Ralston Valley High School

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