Farmers’ 2013 campaign starts with win over Roosevelt

Daniel Williams
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WHEAT RIDGE - The boys of summer are back, even if it is still technically winter.

And with little time to prepare for the season Wheat Ridge still came prepared and beat Roosevelt 14-6 Friday in the Farmers’ season opener at Everitt Middle School.

Wheat Ridge was fuelled by several big offensive performances including senior Tyler Kubasta’s 2-for-4 afternoon where he drove in four runs.

But despite their big number on the scoreboard longtime Wheat Ridge coach Adam Miller wasn’t happy with the way his club looked in their victory.

“We weren’t very good offensively we have a lot of work to do,” Miller said. “We really haven’t had a lot of time to get outdoors to get ready but we will take the win.”

Still, the Farmers scored seven second inning runs to set the tone, and then added four more runs in the third inning and Roosevelt was never able to respond offensively.

“We could be really good offensively if we want to be,” Kubasta said. “We just need to prove it on the field.”

But Roosevelt’s offensive struggles weren’t necessarily because of outstanding Wheat Ridge pitching. Actually, it was quite the opposite.

While the Farmers did throw well at times the Farmers’ staff also looked shaky at times and gave Roosevelt life.

But Wheat Ridge was sloppy in the process, way too sloppy for coach Miller.

“We had a couple big innings that were the difference in the game. That is a quality team over there. But we were sloppy and we need to clean it up if we want to keep winning,” Miller said.

Roosevelt had a few big offensive outputs of their own. AJ Clayton went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs and Kane Kratz went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

“We could have held them to just one or two runs if we weren’t so sloppy but it is early in the season and we will clean it up,” Wheat Ridge senior Ryan Girtin said.

The Farmers are still upset from last season’s early exit from the playoffs. Wheat Ridge went 11-9 last season but was bounced by Canon City 11-1 in the first round of the playoffs.

Miller hopes his team learned something from that loss and uses it as motivation for the 2013 campaign.

“We remember what it felt like losing early last season. This season we plan on making a run,” Girtin said.

Wheat Ridge (1-0) will face Boulder Creek on Monday at 12:30 p.m. in the first round of the Coach Bob National Invitational in Arizona.