Gene Taylor’s splits two games in Pueblo

The Gene Taylor’s American Legion baseball team split a pair of games Thursday at Hobbs Field in Pueblo.

Gene Taylor’s opened the day with a 6-5 victory over Albuquerque Baseball Academy, rallying from a 5-1 deficit after three innings.

Gene Taylor’s scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game after loading the bases with no out. Ty Burtard singled home one run, Drew Bridges walked to force in another, and Casey Burns and Owen Taylor each reached safely on errors, bringing home a run each time.

Burns doubled in Burtard with the winning run in the bottom of the sixth, and winning pitcher Walker Williams induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the game after Albuquerque put runners on first and third.

Williams worked the final four innings in relief of starter Josh Moore and did not allow a run or walk and struck out four.

Burtard went 2 for 4 to pace Gene Taylor’s eight-hit attack.

Gene Taylor’s lost 4-1 to Cherry Creek in the second game.

Gene Taylor’s scored a run in the bottom of the first but was blanked the rest of the way, and Cherry Creek took the lead with three runs in the third.

Kameron Pfaff went the distance for Gene Taylor’s, surrendering five hits and six walks.

Gene Taylor’s was limited to two hits, a triple by Bridges and a single by Cole Cummins.

Gene Taylor’s (4-3) will play two more games in Pueblo today: 1:30 p.m. vs. Elk City and 4:30 p.m. vs. Durango Post 76.

U-18 summer baseball

The Fruita Wildcats pounded out 20 hits Thursday to beat Rifle 14-6.

Cody Basinger led the barrage, going 4 for 4 with three triples and three RBI. Keenan Duran went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, and Casey Mays and Marshall Gore each collected two hits for the Wildcats (10-5).

Jacob Worth pitched the first five innings, striking out four and walking three en route to the win. Grant Stagg pitched a scoreless final two innings, striking out three.

Layton Stutsman tripled in two runs for Rifle.


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