BOULDER — Playing summer baseball often means enduring a rigorous schedule.
Playing for just one team, many club ball players can average a game a day during the summer. But for some players, like Fairview's Jeffrey Erickson, that's not even enough. On Monday, the soon-to-be Knights junior kicked off the week with a trio of games, one with the Old School Dirtbags and two with the Fairview A2 summer club.
It may seem like a lot. But for players like Erickson who are hoping to make the jump from junior varsity to varsity for the 2017 prep season, clocking as many innings as possible could be the fastest road to the big club.
It's also baseball, which is something Erickson rarely can have too much of.
"First of all, it's just great coming out on a beautiful day and playing baseball," Erickson said. "Playing three games is always a plus. The second game felt a little slow and hard to get back into it after the Dirtbags games, but I love playing baseball and I love coming out here so I thought it was pretty fun."
While it was a fun day of baseball for Erickson and the Fairview A2 players, the scorebook was less kind. The home team lost 9-5 and 11-3 to visiting Northridge.
Erickson led the way with a 3-for-4 day at the plate and Fairview A2 was tied 2-2 with Northridge through two innings. But Fairview A2 went scoreless over the next four innings while Northridge scored two runs in the third, one in the fifth and five in the sixth. Fairview A2 committed four errors behind starter Colt Futter, who allowed eight earned runs in six innings of work.
"Wins and losses are always important for us but I think the summer is also a lot about rebuilding and getting ready for the next spring," Erickson said. "Today was a little rough but having a good time and hanging out with your friends is also important. A lot of us are hoping to make it to the varsity squad next year and make it so state so we're working to get better this summer."
Fairview A2 was not devoid of offense, actually out-hitting Northridge 11-10. But the club left 14 runners on base.
"We just did not execute today," Fairview A2 coach Cannon Casey said. "We left a lot of runners on. They did what we did not. Our pitchers were around the zone, just not getting strike calls. You can't win a baseball game like that."
Northridge 11, Fairview A2 3
At Fairview H.S.
Northridge 112 015 1 — 11 10 2
Fairview A2 200 001 0 — 3 11 4
W — Hammer. L — Futter.
Northridge hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Werner 4-3-2-1, Morfin 4-0-1-1, Hammer 4-0-0-0, Vasquez 3-1-0-0, Reed 4-4-4-0, Decker 4-1-2-2, Miranda 4-1-0-0, Jackson 3-1-1-2, Heindselman 3-0-0-1. Totals 33-11-10-7. 2B — Reed 2. 3B —Werner. SB — Werner.
Fairview A2 hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Z. Given 3-2-2-0, McMinn 1-0-0-0, J. Given 5-1-2-0, Okada 3-0-0-1, Lewitt 4-0-2-1, Erickson 4-0-3-1, Franko 4-0-1-0, Caraballo 4-0-0-0, Blomwalker 3-0-1-0, Murray 3-0-0-0, Garcia 0-0-0-0. Totals 34-3-11-3. 2B — Erickson. SB — Z. Given, McMinn, Garcia.
Northridge pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hammer 6-10-3-3-3-10, Vasquez 1-1-0-0-1-0.
Fairview A2 pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Futter 6-8-10-8-2-2, McMinn 1-2-1-1-0-1.