LONGMONT — After figuring out the logistics of moving Tuesday's game once, the Longmont and Centaurus baseball teams were determined to ride out a rainy afternoon at the LHS field knowing that blustery conditions were expected over the next couple of days as well.
It made for a sloppy Northern League contest between two teams that haven't been able to find a rhythm in the season quite yet, but host Longmont's 15 hits and an early lead were enough to outlast the younger Warriors 11-7.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Centaurus but was forced to LHS because of field conditions being slightly better — at least to start the afternoon.
By the top of the sixth inning with Longmont nursing a 9-6 lead, continuing play became debateable. However, the teams pressed forward and Austin Hassler's two-run single in the bottom of the sixth frame stopped Centaurus' rallying cry, moving Longmont to 2-1 on the season.
"It was really questionable whether to continue or not, but at that time we came to a conclusion that we hadn't seen anyone fall down yet, so we kept going," said Longmont coach Tom Fobes, whose team had at least one hit out of every spot in the lineup in the two-and-a-half-hour long affair. "It was pretty sloppy but good to get the game in. We just can't keep getting backed up.
"To get the win on top of it, we'll take it."
Ironically, Hassler did slip around first base on his final hit — which would have easily been a double otherwise — but that did not take away from his 3-for-5, five-RBI day at the plate that included a three-run home run in the fourth frame off Brooks MacDonald.
Mason Peterson also homered and scored three times, and Miguel Moroyoqui had three hits as well as Longmont adjusted to both CHS pitchers that were employed.
"We knew we were going to have to sit back, and once we saw that ... timed it up, it was all good from there," Hassler said. "I think we've had some things go our way and some things not go our way so far, but overall I think we've been playing pretty well so far."
Hassler also started the game on the mound, working through five walks and a hit batter to get the win. Each of the Trojans pitchers — Reece Cardenas and Dagin Renck also threw — got some big strikeouts with runners on base to drop the Warriors to 2-2.
Perhaps the biggest one came by way of Cardenas, who got a strikeout to end the fifth inning with batters on second and third to preserve the 9-6 advantage.
Anthony Losasso drove in three runs to lead the CHS bats.
"We had plenty of chances including bases loaded a couple of times. But a four-run game against that type of team in these conditions, I kind of like where we're at right now," said Centaurus coach Mark Gonzales. "We made them dip into the bullpen and get (Renck) out there, so that's a good sign for us. We're knocking on that door. We just have a couple of humps we have to get over, but I think we're going to be okay."
Longmont 11, Centaurus 7
At Longmont HS
Centaurus 020 040 1 — 7 8 2
Longmont 222 302 x — 11 15 1
W — Austin Hassler. L — Brooks MacDonald.
Centaurus hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Manuel Lucero 4-0-1-0, Balin Jessip 4-0-0-0, Eric Gambon 2-1-2-0, Joe Milano 2-1-0-0, Greg Smith 0-0-0-0, Brandon Larson 3-1-1-0, Jeff DeBouvier 3-1-0-0, Lucas DiSabato 2-2-0-0, Mitch Koch 0-0-0-0, Anthony Losasso 3-1-2-3, Trevor Erickson 4-0-2-0. 28-7-8-3. 3B —Losasso. SB —Larson, Erickson.
Longmont hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Cooper Rothe 4-0-1-0, Kavan Andrew 4-2-2-0, Mason Peterson 4-3-2-2, Miguel Moroyoqui 4-2-3-0, Austin Hassler 4-2-3-5, Hayes 0-0-0-0, Noah Befus 4-1-1-0, Dagin Renck 4-1-1-1, Matt Zamudo 2-0-1-1, Ryan Rulon 3-0-1-1. Totals 33-11-15-10. 2B — Hassler, Renck. HR —Peterson, Hassler. SB —None.
Centaurus pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Brooks MacDonald 4-12-9-7-0-0, Nick Titus 2-3-2-2-1-0.
Longmont pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hassler 4.2-5-6-2-5-8, Reece Cardenas 1-3-0-0-1-2, Dagin Renck 1.2-0-1-1-2-2.