BROOMFIELD — Nothing better than baseball weather in Colorado.
After weeks of temperatures in the mid 60's, baseball coaches all over the state were licking their chops at the prospect of a beautiful spring.
Mother Nature must not be a huge baseball fan.
She turned on the air-conditioning Tuesday night at Broomfield Industrial Park and forced Lyons and Jefferson Academy to play in 30 degree weather with a hint of a breeze.
In the end it was the home-standing Jaguars that continued their hot start by pounding out 10 hits in a 14-4 five-inning win over Lyons.
"We have a long way to go, but this year they believe in each other," said Jefferson Academy coach Ron Naylor, whose core group of seniors have been with him for four season. "You see them out there having a great time during the game. We want to let them be themselves and still respect the game and believe in themselves ... and it is working so far."
The Jags got to Lyons starter Brandon Sanders early. After a two-run first inning, Jefferson Academy sent 11 batters to the plate in the second and plated six more runs.
The big hits in the inning came from lead-off man James Hare, who doubled to right-center field, to drive in two. He was followed by Tyler Gray, who singled over the head of the shortstop to bring in two more runs.
"Put the ball in play," Naylor said.
The Jags (3-0) continued their onslaught in the fourth inning. After back-to-back hits from Casey Lindholm and Brendan Arellano to lead off the frame, junior Terry Stauber hit a ball to deep center and was able to round the bases for an inside-the-park home-run.
It was all senior starter James Hare would need. The Jags hurler was on point in the brisk temperature, allowing just two hits in his five innings, both of which were infield singles.
"James put the ball in spots where we need it and our defense loves playing behind him," Naylor said, "Because the other team is going to hit the ball and they know they are going to get to play."
The Jags turned two double plays behind Hare. Gray turned the first one on his own and then combined with Lindholm on the next one.
Instead of rolling over on the cold evening, Lyons (1-2) — staring at the 10-run mercy rule — showed some life in the top of the fifth. Facing reliever Jeremiah Stuart, the Lions plated four runs on two walks and four base hits.
"If we could have got (Hare) out of their earlier, we might have been okay," said Lyons coach Ken Rosales, who got two hits from Brennan Simmering. "I feel good about our team though."
Jefferson Academy 14, Lyons 4
At Broomfield Industrial Park
Lyons 000 04 — 4 6 4
Jefferson Academy 260 33 — 14 10 1
W — Hare (1-0). L — Sanders (1-1).
Lyons hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Maxx Schultz 3-0-1-1, Evan Reeves 0-0-0-0, Dawson Kelly 2-0-0-0, Justin Lear 3-0-1-1, Keegan Bean 3-0-1-0, Brandon Sanders 2-0-0-0, David Brett 1-0-0-0, Ethan Melani 1-1-0-0, Gabe Paznokas 1-0-0-0, Kiefer Wenande 0-1-0-0, Alan Lovato 1-1-1-1, Drew Cross 0-0-0-0, Brennan Simmering 2-1-2-1. Totals 19-4-6-4.
Jefferson Academy hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — James Hare 3-2-1-2, Tyler Gray 4-2-2-3, Casey Lindholm 3-3-2-0, Brendan Arellano 4-2-2-3, Dominic Iacino 0-0-0-0, Terry Stauber 3-2-2-3, Dalton Cook 4-1-1-0, John Mahoney 2-1-0-0, Grant Anderson 3-0-0-0, Daniel Moriarty 2-1-0-0, RK Hancock 1-0-0-0. Totals 29-14-10-11. 2B — Gray, Hare, Lindholm. HR — Stauber (2 on in 4th). SB — Gray 2, Hare, Hancock, Stauber.
Lyons pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Sanders 4-7-11-4-4-7, Lear .2-3-3-1-0-2.
Jefferson Academy pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hare 4-2-0-0-1-3, Jeremiah Stuart 0-3-4-4-2-0, Anderson 1-1-0-0-1-2.