The tail of the tape this week for the Boulder Legion Post 10 baseball team has been late-inning drama.
But you just don't see every day what they did against their in-town rivals from Fairview. Going for their third straight win against the Knights dating back to their spring varsity matchup, Boulder scored 12 runs in the sixth inning to pull of a shocking mercy-rule win, 16-6, at Scott Carpenter Park.
The first of those 12 runs came on a two-run home run from Jackson Dinkel, and after Will Mossa managed to get a couple outs before getting into trouble, Boulder put together 11 straight base knocks to take the first game of a late-evening doubleheader.
Brendan Van Haute's fourth hit of the game and second of the sixth inning brought home Cooper Moore for the final run — a shocking ending considering Fairview led 6-4 going into the frame.
"That was a big hit out of Jackson to get us going, and that's big because he's one of our younger guys and he came through to get guys going," said Van Haute, who also scored three times. "We just never stopped.
"We can't treat Fairview like any other game. We wanted to 10-run them. In the early innings we didn't show a lot, but we stuck with things and put them away."
It wasn't the first time in recent days that Boulder had staged a rally of somewhat epic proportions. Tuesday night against Pomona, Boulder waited until the seventh inning to score seven runs for another walk-off win, this one 11-10.
With Saturday's win, Boulder improved to a hearty 16-7 overall.
"They're the 'Cardiac Kids' right now. We kind of come out sluggish, but they're gamers and they'll compete to the end," said Boulder coach Tim Kupfner. "Everybody can hit on our team and we've been swinging the bats all summer.
"This meant something. I loved that the kids got up for that comeback. We had a lot of hits when it counted."
Fairview took an early 2-0 lead after Mossa doubled to lead off the game, but Mason Hitz (who got the complete-game win) managed to strand the bases loaded and settled in from there.
He found trouble again in the fifth inning when an error and three consecutive hits led to three runs, but Boulder proved it was not going to let their winning streak over FHS end quite yet.
After Dinkel's home run and two outs, Moore started an impressive string of at-bats that included nothing but singles until Moore got back to the plate again and smacked a double.
Preston Stansel and Dinkel also had two hits in that frame alone, and Boulder had 18 hits for the contest.
"We've had a great season, and the momentum just wasn't in our favor right there. Really, that wasn't Fairview baseball right there," said Fairview's Teddy Lewitt, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the loss. "This really was an exception to what we've been playing."
Boulder Legion Post 10 16, Fairview 6
At Scott Carpenter Park
Fairview 201 030 — 6 8 3
Boulder 000 31(12) — 16 18 3
W — Mason Hitz. L — Will Mossa.
Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Will Mossa 4-1-2-0, Cole Carrigan 4-1-0-0, Tyler Carpenter 2-1-0-0, Jordan Scheufele 3-1-0-0, Teddy Lewitt 3-1-2-2, Sam McGill 2-1-2-1, Josh Haensly 3-0-1-2, Ben Nielson 2-0-0-0, Cole Futter 3-0-1-0. Totals 26-6-8-5. 2B —Mossa, Haensly. SB —Carpenter, McGill.
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Cooper Moore 5-2-2-2, Brendan Van Haute 5-3-4-1, Aiden Chandler 3-2-1-1, Derek Cunningham 4-1-2-3, Jacob Katz 4-2-1-1, Preston Stansel 4-2-2-0, Jackson Dinkel 4-2-2-3, Mason Hitz 4-1-3-1, Jake L'Heureux 3-1-1-1. Totals 36-16-18-13. 2B — Moore, Van Haute 2. HR —Dinkel.
Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Carpenter 4-3-3-0-3-4, Futter 1-4-3-3-0-0, Mossa 0.2-11-10-10-0-0.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hitz 6-8-6-1-3-5.