NoCo Owlz is dominated by Rocky Mountain Vibes in a 15-2 loss

It wasn’t a great Friday for the Northern Colorado Owlz on their trip to Colorado Springs.

The Owlz (11-14) allowed 15 unanswered runs for the Rocky Mountain Vibes (6-19) in the 15-2 loss.

NoCo scored first place and landed a run at the top of first and second.

Designated hitter Alex Jackson started the game with a leadoff double and came home after first baseman Ty Lewis followed up with another double.

In the second frame, shortstop Kevin Higgins contributed the game’s third double. He advanced to third with a groundout before scoring. He was able to come home after a Vibes error.

That was all, however, and the Owlz went down fairly easily after Rocky Mountain found things out.

The biggest inning for the Vibes came at the bottom of the eighth when they scored six points. NoCo gave up a leadoff walk that resulted in multiple runs after three consecutive base hits.

An intentional walk, double and single was also added to her running total.

Northern Colorado recorded eight hits compared to 15. Vibes first baseman Mike Annone contributed five RBI and designated hitter Ulysses Cantu had four, each with more than the entire away team.

Rocky Mountain finished the game with 13 strikeouts and three walks, while NoCo had 11 strikeouts and five walks.

Overall it was a bad day for the Owlz. Each pitcher gave up multiple runs, and only two batters had more than one hit. Even for those who got to the base – some added stolen bases – their teammates couldn’t get them across.

However, the defense compounded the loss. They didn’t commit a mistake, which has always been a problem for the new squad.

After struggling in the first half of the series at Ogden, the Owlz came back and won three straight games last week. They’ve since dropped three more in a row in their challenge to find consistency.

The Owlz end the series against the Vibes at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. They are aiming for the first win of the week against the state rivals.

NoCo hasn’t been swept into a series since their first week on the road in May, when they played three games against the Great Falls Voyagers and two against the Billings Mustangs. NoCo Owlz is dominated by Rocky Mountain Vibes in a 15-2 loss

James Brien

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