BOULDER — There is absolutely no mercy in a rivalry game.
Both Boulder and Fairview entered Tuesday afternoon's Front Range League game with a general understanding of what was about to transpire, still the game isn't played on paper and the heavily favored Knights still had to take care of business.
And after a 1-1 first inning, Fairview sent 15 batters to the plate in the second — scored 11 runs in the process — and rolled to a 17-1 victory in a shortened game.
"We still have to respect boundaries and the girls didn't play at their level, they played up to our standards," said Fairview coach Sarah Kosorok, whose team improved to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the FRL. "We went up their swinging and after a three-day weekend, we were just excited to be back on the field."
The game started well for the Panthers (2-4, 0-2). Staring pitcher and leadoff hitter Kelly McCarty doubled to the right-centerfield gap off of Fairview starter Mackenzie Goldstein and eventually came around to score on a Maya Hamilton RBI single to right.
McCarty seemed to settle into her role in the circle quite nicely early on as well, striking out two of the first three batters she faced and only giving up an unearned run — one of seven the Knights would benefit from — in the frame.
"I was really excited through our pregame and the first couple of innings and I thought we were doing great," Boulder coach Courtney Geis said. "Then things just kind of fell apart for us.
"We just have to find a way limit those runs and not let it snowball like that."
Fairview began to square the hard-throwing McCarty up at the plate in the second, getting a little help from the Panthers defense, and broke open the game.
The biggest blow of the inning came from Jenna Baro, who crushed a 1-0 offering over the centerfield fence that scored three and was a reward for the golden retriever taking in the game.
"In my mind, I knew she was going to throw me a first pitch strike and I waited for her to come back inside and I knew that once it hit the bat it was good," said Baro, who broke out of a self proclaimed slump. "I feel like I can take on the world right now."
Fairview chased McCarty in the second and invoked the 15-run mercy rule in the third inning off of Panthers freshman reliever Anika Knowles.
Boulder will try and get back in the win column on Thursday at Fort Collins and close out the week on Saturday at home against Legacy.
Fairview has Poudre and Mountain Range the rest of this week.
FAIRVIEW 17, BOULDER 1
Boulder (2-4, 0-2)100 0 — 1 4 7
Fairview (5-2, 1-0)1(11)5 x — 17 16 0
W — Goldstein. L — McCarty.
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — McCarty 2-1-1-0, Johnson 2-0-1-0, Arthur 2-0-0-0, Hamilton 2-0-1-1, Longoria 2-0-1-0, Caccia 1-0-0-0, Dawson 1-0-0-0, Rocha 1-0-0-0, Knowles 1-0-0-0, Wright 1-0-0-0, Male 0-0-0-0. Totals 14-1-4-1.
Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Toracheene 4-2-3-1, Callicoatt 4-0-0-0, Cook 2-2-1-2, Anderson 3-1-2-0, Baro 3-2-2-4, Wilhelm 3-3-2-0, Anderson 2-3-2-0, Fisher 1-0-0-0, Hewitt 2-2-2-3, Valdez 3-2-2-2, Goldstein 0-0-0-0. Totals 27-17-16-12.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — McCarty 1.2-12-12-7-0-3, Knowles 1.1-4-5-3-2-1.
Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Goldstein 4-4-1-1-0-4.