LOUISVILLE — Max Browne can never get enough baseball.
However, when the Silver Creek American Legion A summer team got a few days off after being eliminated in pool play from the Boulder National Invitational Tournament on Friday, there was a sense of being able to catch a second wind right before the Raptors make their push toward the Legion A state tournament.
Safe to say — after a 25-0 win against Monarch A2 at MHS on Tuesday — the Raptors are refreshed.
"Getting a few days off and then getting a pretty big early lead, we were able to play pretty free," Browne said after going 4-for-5 with four RBI against the youthful Coyotes. "To be on the other side of a (big score), it really gave us some confidence and that was huge.
"It was a good way to come back from a break."
Silver Creek had a great showing at the Boulder NIT going 3-1 in pool play but just missed out on a wild card spot in bracket play. Its one loss came against a stacked Slammers team, in which they were down double-digits in that game.
It was a tough pill to swallow but one Browne said the team certainly learned from.
On Tuesday, the team had a good approach at the plate from the outset. The Raptors scored nine runs in the first inning and were well on their way. George Ramirez had three extra base hits in the game, drove in four and scored five times, and the Raptors totaled 17 hits and 11 walks drawn.
Now at 11-3 in the Legion A North standings, Silver Creek is well on its way to finishing in the top five spots that get to move on to the A state tournament in Aurora July 28-31.
"I'm not sure where the standings are, but we just have to play like we did today and we'll be fine," Browne said.
Missed cutoffs and bad routes to balls aside, Monarch played pretty well defensively outside of the first inning but the MoHi pitchers just could not keep Creek off the basepaths.
Head coach James Thompson saw his team work counts well against Dylan Ordway, but two double plays kept them off the scoreboard entirely.
"Looking at the summer overall, with the challenge these guys have been put up against is there has been a ton of individual improvement but the biggest difficulty for us is putting it together in a game," Thompson said. "I really liked our at-bats today against a starter that is one of the better guys we've seen. Our margin for error is just pretty slim."