LONGMONT — Weathering the storm took on quite a literal meaning for the Mead baseball team on Thursday against Holy Family.
A beautiful afternoon at MHS turned turbulent for a stretch of about 20 minutes during their double-header nightcap game, and during that same stretch the Tigers roared back from a 12-0 deficit with a 10-run outburst in the fourth inning. What looked to be a possible mercy-rule shortened game became a fight to the finish, but the Mavericks were able to hold on to a 16-12 win and sweep both games within the Tri-Valley League.
Mead gained an early lead in Game 1 and was able to knock out a 9-5 victory, and just like that the Mavericks are 3-3 in the league and right in the thick of it.
"We had a 12-0 lead and they came back stormin' during that wind storm ... and I was proud of the way we came back after they made it close," said head coach Greg Brock, whose team got 16 hits in Game 2 and batted around in two separate innings. "We've been working a lot on just staying in every game (mentally), and that was a great roller coaster today. We were pleased with the enthusiasm on the bench and everything else today."
Predicted weather condensed the Thursday-Saturday series between the teams into one day, and it favored the hitters. Holy Family had 14 total hits in the late game, 12 of those coming after the third inning.
"We have to earn everything we get with this club, and if we start flat we're going to find ourselves in trouble," said Holy Family coach Eric Nakayama, whose team dropped to 2-5 in league play and 4-5 overall. "The kids responded from 12-0 down, and they responded when I challenged them.
"We've got to do the little things right a lot more to have the baseball gods smile on us."
Mead senior Brian Kennedy, who was a home run away from a natural cycle at the plate, pitched well into the fourth inning but hit a wall, and Holy Family erupted for five straight extra-base hits and a sixth later in the frame — a two-run triple by Kennedy Phillips — made it a game.
The Tigers got as close as 13-12 after yet another Phillips triple and a sacrifice bunt by Wayne Rohde in the fifth (Holy Family was the designated home team), but Mead padded its lead again with a three-run seventh.
Luke Levine completed a 3 for 3, four-run and four-RBI night with a single in that stanza, and he stole second and third base before scoring the 16th run on a wild pitch.
Lucas Hale, who closed out both games for Mead, got two hard outs off the bats of Rohde and Colton Clingman to end the game after three-plus hours.
"Easton (Adler) got a glancing blow to the eye (on a play earlier in the game), and he made a great play there late," Brock said. "We had another one from (third baseman) Jake (Skrine)."
Of note, there were no home runs hit in the game but the teams combined for 13 extra-base hits.
Mead 16, Holy Family 12
At Mead HS (Game 2)
Mead 025 510 3 — 16 16 3
Holy Family 000 (10)20 0 — 12 14 3
W — Hale. L — Brassil.
Mead hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Michael Ward 5-0-1-1, Scott Martenson 4-0-2-0, Derek Edwards 4-1-1-0, Gunnar Pickett 3-1-0-0, Easton Adler 3-4-1-0, Jake Skrine 5-3-3-1, Luke Levine 3-4-3-4, Tyler Levine 3-2-1-2, Brian Kennedy 3-1-3-4, Jesse Skrine 0-0-0-0, Lucas Hale 2-0-1-0. Totals 35-16-16-12. 2B —Ja. Skrine, T. Levine, Kennedy. 3B —Ja. Skrine, Kennedy. SB —Edwards, Ja. Skrine, L. Levine 4.
Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Paul Elliott 4-2-0-0, Andy Nelson 5-1-2-0, Kennedy Phillips 4-3-4-3, Wayne Rohde 4-1-1-2, Will Brassil 1-0-0-0, Colton Clingmon 4-2-2-1, Jake Karty 4-1-2-1, Jon Coufal 4-1-2-2, Cameron Miller 2-0-0-0, Phillip Elliott 1-1-1-1, Weston Siefken 3-0-0-0, Michaelangelo Trujillo 1-0-0-0. Totals 37-12-14-10. 2B — Clingmon, Coufal, Ph. Elliott. 3B —Phillips 2, Karty 2, Rohde.
Mead pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Kennedy 3.1-11-9-7-0-1, Riley Glynn 0.1-2-1-0-2-0, Hale 3.1-2-2-2-2-3.
Holy Family pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Brassil 2.2-5-6-4-4-3, Clingmon 1-2-4-4-3-1, Miller 0-4-2-2-0-0, Nelson 1-3-1-1-0-0, Phillips 2.1-2-3-3-1-1.