ERIE — The Erie-Longmont Trogers didn't make a ton of mistakes on Day 1 of the Boulder National Invitational baseball tournament but their miscues seemed to come in critical moments when the damage could be worst.
Hosting Pool E play at the Erie High School field on Wednesday, the Trogers dropped a pair of games, 5-4 to Gameday Columbia and 9-2 to the Grandview Wolves.
"We kind of lost focus and made some mental mistakes that bit us and led to some long innings," Trogers catcher Avery Peterson said. "Going 0-2 today puts things in perspective and shows us that we need to get our stuff together. Tomorrow we need to get in that mindset where we start strong and keep it going all the way through the games."
In the first game of the day, the Trogers lost on a sixth-inning walk-off single to Gameday Columbia, the northern regional team led by former Boulder High coach Colt Sedbrook from Parker-based club program Gameday Baseball. The Trogers had eight hits to Gameday Columbia's seven, but set up the game-winning single with a passed ball that advanced the winning runner from first to third in the sixth.
In the second game, Peterson doubled to lead off the bottom of the first against the Wolves and scored one batter later when Austin Hassler singled to put the Trogers up 1-0.
The Wolves, however, took the lead on a two-run ground-rule double in the fifth and went on to draw a base-on-balls and hit a pair of singles with the bases loaded to go ahead 6-1. The Trogers committed two errors in the inning. A two-run home run put the game out of reach and signaled the end for Trogers starter Hassler, who allowed five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings on the mound.
"We had some costly mistakes and we also had our chances here and there, we just couldn't make them count," Trogers coach Harold Simmons said. "Now we obviously have to win the next two and hope we get a wildcard bid to bracket play. I think it has been six years since we haven't made it to bracket play at the Boulder National, so it's been a long run that might be coming to an end if we don't clean those things up."
Peterson, who caught both games behind the plate, led the way with the bat as well. He went 3 for 4 against Gameday Columbia and 3 for 3 against the Wolves.
The Trojgrs will play Highlands Ranch at 9 a.m. on Thursday and then wrap up pool play against Lawrence Free State at 9 a.m. on Friday.
Grandview Wolves 9, Erie-Longmont Trojers 2
At Erie H.S.
Wolves 000 062 1 — 9 8 2
Trojers 100 001 0 — 2 8 4
W — Livingston.
Wolves hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Gibson 3-2-1-0, Yan 1-0-0-0, LaFlam 4-1-1-2, Hays 2-2-1-2, Stang 2-1-0-1, Burnett 3-0-2-1, Miller 3-0-0-0, Armitage 4-1-2-2, Walker 2-1-0-0, Ederhoff 3-1-0-0, Foegan 1-0-1-1. Totals 28-9-8-9. 2B — LaFlam. HR — Hays (1 on in 6th). SB — Armitage, Gibson, LaFlam.
Trojers hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Peterson 3-0-3-1, Befus 4-0-0-0, Hassler 4-0-3-1, Nelson 3-0-0-0, Carson 4-0-0-0, Thompson 3-0-1-0, Mayers 3-1-1-0, Couper 2-0-0-0, Kelly 3-0-0-0, Rodgers 0-1-0-0. Totals 29-2-8-2. 2B — Peterson, Hassler. SB — Befus.
Wolves pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Livingston 7-8-2-2-2-8.
Trojers pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hassler 5.1-6-8-5-5-2, Mayers 1.2-2-1-1-0-1.