Bears stomped by Broncos

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Dalton Madden is tagged out at third in the Dolores game against San Juan on Saturday at Joe Rowell Park. The Bears lost, 13-3.

By Bobby Abplanalp Journal staff writer

The up and down Dolores Bears continued its roller coaster baseball season at home Saturday.

After an 0-4 start, Dolores evened its record after reeling off four straight wins.

However, the Bears have since lost three in a row.

Dolores fell 13-3 in five innings to San Juan (Blanding, Utah) early Saturday afternoon at Joe Rowell Park.

"We're not hitting right now," Bears coach Chris Barry said. "Everything they hit, dropped in between players. Everything went their way."

Dolores (4-7) doesn't have much time to think about what went wrong. The Bears open San Juan Basin League play this afternoon at Nucla.

"It's a more important game for us, for our standings opening league play," Barry said. "We're going to keep working on fundamentals and try to get better."

No. 1 starting pitcher Chaz Thompson has been nursing an injury, but will start on the mound today.

The Bears have been the big dog in the SJBL the last several years. Barry and the boys are looking at the league slate as a new season.

"I'm looking forward to league play," Barry said. "It's the next stage where we have to step it up and apply everything that we've learned."

First pitch against the Nucla Mustangs is at 1 p.m.

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