BROOMFIELD — Jordan Scheufele doesn't waste any time on the mound.
A hard-throwing right-hander, the Fairview senior is the epitome of rock-and-fire, with as little buffer as possible from when he gets the ball to when he's delivering a pitch.
Tuesday afternoon that style worked to near perfection as he struck out five of the eight men he faced to record a seven-out save in the visiting Knights 4-1 victory over Legacy.
"I try to go quickly just so my guys behind me can be as fast as possible," said Scheufele, who has an 0.98 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 14 innings of work this season. "I trust them back there, and if I'm going quick it helps them out and they help me out."
Scheufele got Fairview (6-8 overall, 3-5 Front Range League) out of a big jam in the fifth inning, coming in with two outs and the bases loaded while clinging to a 3-1 lead.
He only needed three pitches and less than 90 seconds of actual game time to get the Knights out of the inning, getting the first of his five strikeouts on the afternoon.
"He likes to move fast," Fairview coach David Castillo said of Scheufele. "He's a big kid, moves fast and I think that's for him to conserve energy. He gets out there and he likes to move quick and that's great for our fielders because they stay in the game."
The Knights also got a strong effort from starter Tyler Carpenter, who held the Lightning to one run on three hits with five strikeouts through 4 innings of work.
Carpenter left in the fifth after giving up a two-out single to Paul Thompson. Fairview initially turned to Clifton Smith, but he gave up a hit to Ryan Overboe and walked Colby Deaville to load the bases.
Cue Scheufele, who got the out and then put in a little extra work to get his first save of the season.
"I love being in those situations, it's a lot of fun," Scheufele said. "Those are some of the most fun situations as a reliever in this game to be in, to come in and shut them down in that inning and zap their momentum."
The loss was the second straight for Legacy (11-3, 6-2) and dropped them into a tie with Monarch for third place in the league. But with four games scheduled in the next four games, including contests with co-league leaders Rocky Mountain and Broomfield, the Lightning still can be a factor in the race for the Front Range crown.
"Right now, all or our goals are still ahead of us. Obviously we're not in the drivers seat any more as far as league play goes," said Legacy coach Ty Giordano, whose team stranded nine runners on base, including the bases loaded twice. "The ultimate goal is to just get in the playoffs. Last year we didn't make it in and it was a very bitter feeling. Because once you make the playoffs, anything can happen.
"We just need to find a way to get ourselves in there."
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Fairview 4, Legacy 1
Fairview 020 101 0 — 4 9 0
Legacy 000 100 0 — 1 4 2
W — Carpenter. L — Overboe.
Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Fano 3-0-0-0, Mossa 4-0-0-0, Carpenter 3-1-1-0, Sheridan 3-1-1-0, Tyse 1-0-1-0, Smith 1-1-0-0, Scheufele 1-0-1-1, Lewitt 0-0-0-0, McKee 3-1-1-0, Willemsen 3-0-1-0, Haensly 3-0-2-1, McGill 3-0-1-0. 2B —Carpenter. SB —McKee, Smith, Haensly.
Legacy hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — O'Connor 3-0-0-0, Luthi 3-0-1-0, Thompson 3-0-1-0, Coogan 0-0-0-0, Overboe 3-1-1-0, Deaville 2-0-0-0, Ryan 3-0-1-0, McDaniel 3-0-0-1, Hall 2-0-0-0, Smith 3-0-0-0.
Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Carpenter 4.2-3-1-1-3-5, Smith 0.0-1-0-0-1-0, Scheufele 2.1-0-0-0-1-5.
Legacy pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Overboe 5-9-4-4-1-4, McDaniel 1-0-0-0-0, Jaramillo 1-0-0-0-2-0.