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Sports for April 10, 2008

Redskins  on a Roll

LA VETA- After dropping their opening game of the season, the La Veta Redskins have found their game and built a three-game winning streak, beating their last opponents in spectacular fashion with strong hitting and great pitching.

     On April 1, the Skins came to Walsenburg to face the Cats, beating the Panthers in decisive fashion 15-3.  From the opening pitch, the Redskins took control, establishing a 4-0 first inning lead.  They never looked back. The Redskin sluggers hit the ball well off Panther pitchers Jon Aguirre and Charlie Whitehead.

     On April 5, the Primero Bulldogs were the next victims of the Redskin scoring machine. La Veta beat the Dogs in a double-header, 13-0 and 12-3.  Pitcher Colton Taylor pitched “smoke” according to Coach Tim Thomsen.     Taylor pitched three shut-out innings before Dylan Thomsen relieved him in the fourth to finish it up.  All the Skins’ runs came in the first two innings including three runs from a monster home run by Chris Trenckmann.     

     The second half of the doubleheader was equally lopsided.  The Skins dominated the Bulldog pitching stable getting 12 hits, including a Jessy Pacheco pinch-hit home run.  La Veta dominated play by strong hitting and excellent fielding.  Winning  pitcher for the Skins in the second was Trenckmann. 

Panthers Struggling

WALSENBURG- After falling to La Veta last week, the Panthers lost a pair of games to Cotopaxi last weekend.   In the first game, Cotopaxi beat the Cats 12-1 with 12 hits to the Panthers 4.  The Panthers struggled, leaving men on base and failing to bring them home.  According to Coach DeHerrera, “ the boys struggled to hit the ball,” but he was pleased with some defensive plays.  Pitcher Jon Aguirre gave up nine runs through the fifth before Zach Vigil closed the game.

     In the second half of the doubleheader, the Panthers fell 12-5.  The Cats played better ball, getting more hits and giving up fewer runs on errors.  They scored in each of the last four innings, but it was not enough to overcome the hitting of the powerful Pirates.

     While their record does not indicate it, the Panthers are improving with every game and are looking forward to getting back on the winning track.


WALSENBURG- On Saturday, April 12, Walsenburg will host the final Peewee wrestling tournament of the season.  Peewees are pre-junior high or age 14 and under.  It is not uncommon to have an 11 year old squaring off against an older grappler.  These wrestlers compete in various weight classes to make their matches more fair.

     These young wrestlers have been competing over the past few weekends, most recently in Sanford.  Teams from all over southern Colorado will compete this Saturday, including the team from La Veta.  According to Walsenburg Coach, Frank Vialapondo, “these kids are exciting to watch.”  There should be some great action.  Mat action begins at 9 am in the high school gym.