LOUISVILLE — To be continued ...
As if it would have turned out any other way on Tuesday in what can only be described as a bizarre game between Front Range League leading Legacy and Monarch.
In a game that had a little bit of everything to drive an official scorekeeper nuts -- including a right-field put-out at first base -- and both coaches pulling out their hair, nothing was resolved. With the game tied 4-4 after eight inning, the overcast skies made things a bit too dicey to continue and the Lightning and Coyotes will finish on Wednesday at 4 p.m. back at Monarch.
"We had some execution issues and could have taken care of a few things a little bit better and we are not sitting here right now," said Legacy coach Ty Giordano, who team stands pat at a solid 11-1 overall and 6-0 in the league. "But you know what, we have to play every inning, every pitch and we kept battling.
"We didn't play very well and to be in this position, we gave them everything we could give them."
Said Monarch coach Scott Weiss, who got his money's worth on some questionable calls with the umpires: "We are in this position because we haven't played our best baseball today. We weren't playing as well as we have the last three games and we just didn't execute very well on a few things."
Monarch, coming off a thrilling walk-off win on Monday against Fort Collins, was up 3-1 and riding the strong pitching of Tyler Seebaum again. The junior, who didn't quite have the same stuff he did last week against Broomfield, limited the Lightning until the fifth.
Back-to-back doubles from Paul Thompson and Ryan Overboe with one out drew Legacy to within 3-2.
The Lightning, who got a quality start from senior Jordan Luthi, would tie it up in rather unorthodox fashion in the sixth. After a leadoff double by John Coogan, Grant Hall's sacrifice was perfectly executed. He was thrown out at first on a tight play and in the process of trying to beat the throw ran straight into second baseman Jess Rodriguez covering the bag and knocked him over. Coogan never stopped running and scored on the play.
"We are really happy with how the boys are handling things," said Giordano, whose team has won four games by a single run this season. "The are playing hard for the name across the front of our jerseys and for the name of the jersey of the guys sitting next to them; never on the back of our own jerseys. It's a mantra we've had all year and the guys are believing it."
In the top of the eighth inning, Legacy took its first lead of the game. A leadoff single by Colby Deaville was followed by two wild pitches from reliever Zach Berohn. Hall delivered a double to the gap to plate Deaville.
Monarch answered right back against Lightning reliever Joshua Chamberlain. A bases loaded SAC fly from Zach Sattler scored Gus Light, who lead off the inning with a double.
"We're excited to be in it with a team that is 11-1 and undefeated in the league," Weiss said. "To be tied in the ninth inning, I'm pretty proud of our team. No matter the outcome of this game, I'm really happy with how our team is playing."
Legacy 4, Monarch 4, 8 inn.
(Game postponed due to darkness)
Legacy 010 011 01 — 4 10 2
Monarch 102 000 01 — 4 7 1
Legacy hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Bradon O'Connor 3-0-0-0, Jordan Luthi 2-0-1-0, Joshua Chamberlain 0-0-0-0, Paul Thompson 4-0-1-0, Anthony Ruoco 0-1-0-0, Ryan Overboe 3-0-1-1, Colby Deaville 4-2-2-0, John Coogan 4-1-1-0, Grant Hall 1-0-1-1, Ryker McDaniel 4-0-1-0, Ross Smith 4-0-2-1. Totals 29-4-10-3. 2B — Thompson, Overboe, Coogan, Hall. SB — Deaville.
Monarch hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Sawyer Lofstead 4-1-1-0, Gus Light 4-1-2-0, Ben Coatney 0-0-0-0, Zach Berohn 4-1-1-2, Daniel Boehmler 4-0-2-1, Zach Stockbauer 0-0-0-0, Connor Flynn 3-0-1-0, Zach Sattler 3-0-0-1, Michael Trenka 3-0-0-0, Reed Harrington 1-0-0-0, Jess Rodriguez 2-0-0-0, Andrew Icenhower 1-0-0-0, Tyler Seebaum 1-0-0-0, Thomas Campeau 1-1-0-0. Totals 31-4-7-4. 2B — Boehmler 2, Light 2. SB — Lofstead, Campeau.
Legacy pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Luthi 6-5-3-1-2-7, Chamberlain 2-2-1-1-1-2.
Monarch pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Seebaum 5.2-8-3-1-4-1, Berohn 2.1-2-1-1-1-3.