Baseball: Smoky Hill falls to Ralston Valley in well-played game at Coors Field

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Smoky Hill reliever Ryan Vasina delivers a pitch during the sixth inning of the Buffaloes’ 8-3 baseball loss to Ralston Valley on April 15, 2014, at Coors Field in Denver. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

DENVER | During a short break from Centennial League play, the Smoky Hill baseball team got to enjoy a day at Coors Field.

The Buffaloes still wanted to beat Ralston Valley — ranked fifth in the latest Class 5A Associated Press poll — but also just soak up the atmosphere of playing on the home field of the Colorado Rockies for the second straight season.

Senior catcher Devin Huschka singled in two runs to highlight a three-run first inning for Smoky Hill, but coach Scott Henry’s Buffaloes managed just one more hit in the following six innings and fell to the pitching-rich Mustangs by an 8-3 score in front of an announced crowd of 292 at 20th and Blake Street.

Senior right-hander Hank Hyde started and pitched two innings against Ralston Valley (10-1), which got two runs off reliever Justin Martinez to tie the game in the third inning before Ryan Vasina came on and ended the rally. Vasina followed with two strong innings before the Mustangs reached him for five runs in the sixth inning to break the 3-3 deadlock.

The Buffaloes scored all three runs off Ralston Valley starter Mitch Robinson, but relievers Jordan Holloway, Ryan Greaser, winner Jake Griffith and Connor Roth limited Smoky Hill to just three baserunners in the final six innings.

Smoky Hill (3-9) resumes league play at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday when Grandview (4-7) visits Kevin Wolitzky Field.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel

RALSTON VALLEY 8, SMOKY HILL 3

Score by innings (r-h-e):

Smoky Hill        300 000 0 — 3    5   1

Ralston Valley   102 005  x — 8   8   2

WP — Ralston Valley: Jake Griffith (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K); LP — Smoky Hill: Ryan Vasina (3 2/3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K); Smoky Hill hitting: Devin Huschka 1-2, 2 RBI