Baseball – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 21 May 2020 18:52:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Baseball – The Pagosa Springs SUN 32 32 Baseball: Paden Bailey Sat, 23 May 2020 11:00:00 +0000

Photo courtesy Pagosa Springs High School

Pirate senior Paden Bailey poses with family and coach Mike Remlinger Wednesday morning after signing a national letter of intent to play baseball at Colorado Christian University.

Pirate Baseball Team Sat, 09 May 2020 11:00:20 +0000 The 2020 Pagosa Springs High School Pirate baseball team poses for a team picture. With spring sports throughout Colorado canceled due to COVID-19, Pagosa Springs High School’s senior spring athletes missed out on being recognized for their hard work and contributions. Presented is each senior’s Senior Night information, provided by Pagosa Springs High School, beginning with the Pirate baseball seniors.






Ryan Lewis played and lettered four years.

Plans for next year: attend Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., to study automotive mechanics.

Favorite memory: My favorite memory was always talking crap to the other team with my teammates. Some of the stuff that we said always made me laugh until I was in tears. 

Thank yous:

Coaches: Thank you for always pushing us to do our best and always believing in us even when we didn’t believe in ourselves. 

To my parents: Thank you for making the countless trips to watch me play and always being there for me. 

To my teammates: Thank you for being there no matter what. Words can’t describe how much I’m going to miss playing on that field with you. I wish we could have had one last season together. I love you guys!


Paden Bailey played and lettered four years.

Plans for next year: attend Colorado Christian University, study business administration, minor in outdoor leadership.

Favorite memory: Freshman year we traveled to Colorado Springs and stayed in a not-so-nice hotel with some very sketchy guys and Coach Fait told us not to look at them because they might shoot us!

Thank yous:

Coaches: Thank you to my coaches for everything you have done for me and the rest of the team. 

Parents: I love you guys more than you could ever imagine! Thank you for being my biggest fans! 

Teachers: Thank you all for everything! I appreciate every one of you so much! 

Teammates: You guys are my brothers. I love you all and I will never forget this team! Good luck next year, boys!


Eric Huddleston played and lettered four years.

Plans for next year: enlist with the Marines and be stationed in San Diego.

Favorite memory: My favorite memory was getting to hang out and make memories with the players during the game and in hotels. And also making corny jokes during practice. 

Thank yous:

To my parents: Thanks for always pushing me to do the best I can. I can be a little much sometimes, thank you for always making me try harder. 

Dad: Thanks for getting hooked on the game since I was little. It’s brought me a long ways and maybe one day it will return to my life for a second shot. 

To my coaches: Thank you for showing me how to be a team leader and calming me down when I needed it. You helped me in so many ways I can’t get them all out. Thank you for showing me the true game of baseball!



Zach Haines played and lettered four years.

Plans for next year: major in mechanical engineering at Colorado State University.

Favorite memory: We were playing Wiffle ball in the back of our hotel, one of the other teams and their coach was talking trash saying that we need to go to bed. One of my teammates yells back, “We actually won today so we can stay up as late as we want.” 

Thank yous: 

Coaches: Thank you for all the hard work that you guys have put in to me and the team. Thank you for building me up as a baseball player and a man. 

To my parents: I don’t even know if I would be writing this right now if it wasn’t for you guys. You guys have pushed me in baseball and in life. You have been there for me when I needed you and you would make sure that the whole field knows which team you’re cheering for. 

To my teammates: Thanks for standing by my side through thick and thin. 

To my fellow seniors: It has been a wild ride this past 3 ¼ years. I have made some memories that I will never forget, good or bad. I know you will go far in life and I wouldn’t trade my fellow senior teammates for any others.


High school spring sports season canceled Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:00:49 +0000 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

The Colorado High School Activities Association announced Tuesday that the spring sports season will not continue, bringing to an end a season that had barely begun.

CHSAA’s commissioner, Rhonda Blanford-Green, issued a statement Tuesday morning with the news.

“We have proceeded with cautious optimism, holding on to a thread of hope that the spring season would be able to realistically resume, knowing that the health and safety of our sports communities would dictate our course of action. It was our hope to be able to create the memories because we understood what it meant to our high school communities — especially seniors — statewide,” Blanford-Green wrote.

She noted that more than 30 other state associations have also decided to cancel their spring seasons.

“We hoped that Colorado medical and health data would provide reassurances that we could go in a different direction. Unfortunately that will not be the case. The spring 2020 season is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which is affecting communities across the world,” she wrote.

The letter later continues: “Our hats are off to the many seniors that have shown maturity and resolve as their culminating year of high school has been impacted beyond activities and athletics due to this worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2020 will not be forgotten.”

“Just like everything else, it’s sad that so many of our athletes aren’t going to get to prove and show what they’ve learned and the growth that they’ve made over the years,” Archuleta School District Superintendent Linda Reed said, adding, “especially for the seniors, that’s where my heart hurts the most.”

The Pirate baseball team, which has four seniors — played one scrimmage before the season came to an end.

Coach Mike Remlinger indicated the team, including the seniors — PJ Bailey, Eric Huddleston, Ryan Lewis and Zach Haines — put in a lot of hard work and had high expectations for the season.

“Just in general,” he said, “the work we’ve put in the last couple years with all those kids, the expectations of what we were looking forward to this year were enormous, and so that’s a super hard pill to swallow, to just kind of look past that. But, on the other side, still super proud of those kids and who they’ve become and who they’re still growing to become, and a big part of that has been the competitive aspect of playing baseball.”

While acknowledging the “woulda, shoulda, coulda” aspect of the season, the coach noted this is a life lesson for everyone to not take tomorrow for granted.

He also suggested it will be interesting to see how the current situation affects the future in terms of the kids who can’t wait to get back to the sport and those who may have found other things to do with their time.

Track and field coach Connie O’Donnell said that it’s “obviously disappointing” that spring sports are canceled.

O’Donnell noted there were three seniors set to compete this year on the track and field team: Mason Blakemore, Tay Barker and Tad Hittle.

O’Donnell noted Barker had played three sports a year for each of his four years at PSHS and Barker, along with a few others, are working with O’Donnell to get participation credit for this spring’s track and field team.

“I’ve had some students that worked really hard over the last few months to prepare for track season, were really looking to accomplishing some goals,” O’Donnell said. “I think it’s really hard for the people that worked hard to get themselves in shape to have a great season. That’s obviously really frustrating.”

O’Donnell explained there are a few things she misses about the track and field season.

“We have such good, fun kids and I miss them. I miss hanging out with them and making them work hard and also just laughing and the camaraderie and the cheering for each other. I miss all of that,” she said.

Lady Pirate soccer coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason explained that, while he’s disappointed the season is canceled, that it’s for the best.

“We kind of knew it was coming,” he said. “That’s the safest thing to do. The safest thing to do is social distancing.”

Kurt-Mason explained that he broke the news in an email to his players, but had not received a response back yet.

At this point, if spring sports were to return, the Lady Pirates would have only had five games left in their season, he explained.

Despite the fact that the season is canceled, Kurt-Mason noted that he told his players to look on the bright side — they finished the year undefeated.

Kurt-Mason highlighted his five seniors — Alyssa Hubbs, Annabelle Bowles, Halie Severs, Gabriela Gallegos and Grace Thompson — describing them as “great people.”

“It’s tough. But, you’ve got to be strong and keep on keepin’ on,” he said.

“I wish I could change the way things are,” Reed said, “but I also believe there are young people who will take this experience and make the best of it and learn from it and hopefully make the world a better place.”


Pirates set to open season at Delta Tournament Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:19 +0000 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate baseball team will be on the diamond this week to open the 2020 season, with the team slated to play three games in two days at the Delta Tournament.

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Shane Miller Thu, 20 Feb 2020 22:00:38 +0000

Photo courtesy Patricia and Kelly Miller

Shane Miller, 2018 graduate of Pagosa Springs High School, made his college pitching debut for the Garden City Broncbusters earlier this month. Miller pitched in four games between Feb. 6 and 9 and retired all seven batters faced, including striking out two.

Adult soccer, tee-ball registration underway Wed, 19 Feb 2020 12:00:53 +0000 By Darren Lewis
SUN Columnist
The Recreation Department is accepting registration for adult soccer teams through April 17. League will be played during the month of May.
The team registration fee is $150 and an early-bird registration through April 2 is $100. Adult soccer games will be held during the month of May every Tuesday and Thursday evening.
You may register your team for play at the Ross Aragon Community Center.
Tee-ball registration
ages 5-6
The Recreation Department is accepting tee-ball registrations through April 10.
The cost is $35 and includes hat and jersey. Tee-ball season will be held during May every Monday and Wednesday evening.
To register for programs online or learn more about Xpress Bill Pay, visit the Parks and Recreation Department page at You may also register at the Community Center.
For more information, call the recreation office at 264-4151, ext. 232.

2019 YEAR IN REVIEW Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:51 +0000 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
Over the next few weeks, The SUN will take a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at April, May and June.


• On April 1, Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) added Julie Simmons to its board. Simmons replaced former board member Clay Buchner.

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Smashing it Fri, 30 Aug 2019 11:00:15 +0000

Photos courtesy Joanne Irons

The Pagosa Smashers take a silver medal in their division at the New Mexico State Special Olympic Four Corners Invitational Softball Games at Ricketts Park in Farmington, N.M., on Aug. 24. The teams competed against teams from all over New Mexico and attended the victory dance.

Pirate Baseball All-Conference Thu, 06 Jun 2019 21:00:40 +0000

Photo courtesy Melissa Bailey

A handful of Pagosa Springs High School Pirate baseball players were honored for their work on the field this season, which helped land the Pirates in the playoffs. From left, Paden Bailey was named to the Intermountain League all-conference team, Eric Huddleston received an honorable mention, Ryan Lewis was named to the all-conference team, Zach Haines received an honorable mention and Tyler Bowdridge was named to the all-conference team.

Pirates bow out of postseason action with Saturday loss Thu, 23 May 2019 21:00:07 +0000

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Pirate Wyatt Schuchart throws the ball to first ahead of a Resurrection Christian runner during Saturday’s first-round action in Bayfield. The Pirates fell to the Cougars 10-0 to end their season, with the Cougars going on to upset host Bayfield later in the day.

The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate baseball team fell out of contention in the first round of postseason play Saturday, drawing its season to a close.

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