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The Rye High Thunderbolts took on the 3A Trinidad Miners on Wednesday evening in Trinidad as a good crowd gathered for the close contest. The Bolts were up to bat in the top of the first inning and went three up three down. DJ Drury was on the mound for the Bolts as the Miners came up to bat. The first batter slammed a triple to center, bur the Miners were not able to bring him in as Rye came up with three quick outs. The score was 0 to 0 at the end of the first inning.
Seth Keyes walked to begin the second inning and then stole second. After Clay Klipfell struck out, Tyler Milligan walked. Trent Hughes hit a double up the middle scoring Seth and moving Tyler to third. Tyler scored on a passed ball, and when the inning ended Rye was ahead 2 to 0. Trinidad got a run when the man on third scored on a wild pitch, and after two innings of play it was 2 to 1, Rye ahead.
In the third inning with two outs and DJ on first Seth singled to center field and DJ scored on a throwing error. Clay singled to right, but Tyler hit to the pitcher for the third out. The score was 3 to 1, Rye. DJ struck out the first two Miner batters, and the third hit a fly ball to center, easily caught by Nick to end the inning. Rye still led 3 to 1.
Trent singled to left to start off the fourth, but three straight outs kept the T-Bolts scoreless. Then a pitching change was made and a familiar face stepped on to the mound that Rye fans had not seen for a while; ace pitcher Denton Keys was ready to go for the first time this season, and boy was he ready! Before you knew it, Denton left three batters wondering what happened with three quick strikeouts to end the fourth.
Rye went three up and three down in the top of the fifth inning, and Denton was on the mound again. Once again three Miner batters were left standing at the plate. The score remained 3 to 1, Rye. The Thunderbolts were stil unable to add any runs in the sixth inning. Denton started the bottom if the sixth with a walk. Then he tried to pick off the runner and made a bad throw which eventual resulted in a run. He ended the inning with three more strikeouts. In the three innings he pitched he had nine strikeouts and one walk. After six innings of play, the score was 3 to 2, Rye.
The Bolts added a run in the final inning. Trent singled up the middle and Jared Scott doubled to left center, moving Trent to third. Frankie Petkosek’s fly to center scored Trent to bring the score to 4 to 2, Rye. Senior pitcher Nick Highberger was on the plate for the bottom of the seventh inning. Nick struck out the first batter. The next Miner singled to right field, and the third batter walked. Then Nick threw a strike out and the final batter was thrown out at first base, giving the win to the T-Bolts 4 to 2.
Coach Milligan was leased after the game. “What a great way to end the regular season and get ready for playoffs. We now Know Denton will be fine. I feel better about the possibility of going to Denver in May.” The Bolts have a scrimmage with Salida on Thursday and Districts will be here on Saturday.