When the end came, it came quickly.
Monarch took advantage of a hit batsman and three consecutive bases on balls — including one with the bases loaded — to pull out a 5-4 victory over visiting Legacy Wednesday in a game that took nine innings and two days to play.
"Strange situation," Monarch coach Scott Weiss said. "It was good to be able to walk away from this with a smile."
It was truly a unique game, one that began on Tuesday but was halted after eight innings due to darkness.
After going through their normal pre-game routine, the teams picked up where they left off Wednesday, with the top of the order for Legacy coming up to start the ninth.
Coyotes' reliever Connor Flynn took the mound and, despite giving up a two-out walk, retired the Lightning in short order.
Legacy countered with Joseph Jaramillo on the hill, and he retired the first two men he faced. But he then ran into some control trouble, and hit Sawyer Lofstedt with a pitch before walking the next two men he faced.
That brought up Monarch catcher Daniel Boehmler, who worked the count full before laying off a pitch low and outside that drove in Lofstedt with the winning run.
"That right there was disciplined baseball," said Weiss, whose team improved to 7-6 overall, 5-2 in the Front Range League. "High school kids in that situation, they might start chasing pitches because they want to be the hero. They laid off some close pitches and drew the walks and got the win."
It was the Coyotes fourth consecutive win and keeps them in the hunt in the race for the league title.
"In the past week we've knocked off Broomfield, Fort Collins and Legacy, who all have been up at the top of the league," Weiss said. "We're starting to become a dangerous team and I'm excited about that."
For Legacy (11-2, 6-1), it was the teams first loss in league play and snapped an eight-game winning streak.
"It's not exactly an ideal situation, you would like to be able to finish a game on the day you are playing it," Lightning coach Ty Giordano said about the contest with the Coyotes. "Everything feels like it's a new game, yet you only have one inning. You give up a run in the first inning, and you're sitting there thinking 'OK, we have six more innings, we can come back.' And it's over."
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Monarch 5, Legacy 4 9 inn.
Legacy 010 011 010 — 4 10 2
Monarch 102 000 011 — 5 7 1
Legacy hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Bradon O'Connor 4-0-0-0, Jordan Luthi 3-0-1-0, Joshua Chamberlain 0-0-0-0, Paul Thompson 4-0-1-0, Anthony Ruoco 0-1-0-0, Ryan Overboe 4-0-1-1, 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 Lofstedt 4-2-1-0, Gus Light 4-1-2-0, Ben Coatney 0-0-0-0, Zach Berohn 4-1-1-2, Daniel Boehmler 4-0-2-2, Zach Stockbauer 1-0-0-0, 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 2-0-0-0, 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, Joseph Jaramillo .2-0-1-1-3-1.
Monarch pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Seebaum 5.2-8-3-1-4-1, Berohn 2.1-2-1-1-1-3, Flynn 1-0-0-0-1-1.