For the last high school game of his career, Halen Raymond wanted to go out with a bang.
The 2010 Moffat County High School graduate played in the June 1 all-conference game in Rifle, where he went 3 for 4, with 3 RBI and the game’s only home run.
“It was just a good feeling to be a part of the best team on the Western Slope,” he said. “It was awesome just to be out (on the field).”
The teams were split up, with Raymond playing with Eagle Valley and Steamboat against Palisade and Delta.
Raymond’s team won, 15-8.
“It actually went pretty well,” he said. “We straight-up crushed them.”
Raymond played both third base, where he started for MCHS, and left field.
Eagle Valley’s Jack Barbella, who has had success against MCHS in the past two years, was the starter for Raymond’s team.
“He was hit pretty hard,” Raymond said. “He gave up five runs in three innings.”
It was a fellow Yampa Valley player who impressed Raymond the most, he said.
“Alan Capistron played really well, I thought,” he said. “He went 3 for 4, with 3 or 4 RBI.
“He’s only a junior, too. He’s going to be good next year.”
There wasn’t a lack of talent at any of the positions, Raymond said. And, despite numerous fielding errors, the play on the field was some of the best he had seen during the year.
“It felt pretty good,” he said. “It was pretty cool because everyone on that team is really good.
“Normally, everyone is good, but you do have some weak spots.”
Next year, Raymond will attend Mesa State College in Grand Junction.
“I think I’m going to try and walk on,” he said. “I’m just going to see what happens.”
But, if the all-conference game was the last time he suited up, Raymond said it was a great ending to a good year.
“It’s probably the best ending anyone could dream of,” he said. “I didn’t strike out — I think I had a phenomenal game.”