LONGMONT — In prep sports, cross-town rivalries don't take the summer off.
On Wednesday evening, the Skyline and Silver Creek summer baseball teams took the field to keep their local rivalry series alive in the mid-summer months. Silver Creek took both games of the mid-July doubleheader, winning 7-2 in Game 1 and 3-2 in Game 2, but the latest showdown proved the local rivalry to be as strong as ever.
"It was a good cross-town game and you could really tell the guys were into it," Silver Creek coach Chad Olinger said. "The intensity was great. We had a great outing on the mound and we had good at-bats. We had to scratch out runs and we had to earn them. The first game was real close until the seventh."
In Game 1, Skyline held a one-run lead through the first four innings before Silver Creek jumped ahead with a three-run fifth. Silver Creek then broke the game open with four more runs in the seventh inning to back starter Dylan Kramer's seven strikeouts in seven innings.
Skyline starter Nate Higgins was solid, allowing just three earned runs and striking out six batters, but the young Skyline lineup and defense couldn't back him up.
"Nate is our guy," Skyline coach Travis Schlagel said. "He knows that. We know that. He went out there again today and pitched well against a good hitting team. We just have some young guys and we need to be better defensively behind him."
In Game 2, Silver Creek starter Jack Carlough didn't allow an earned run in a seven-inning, four-hit complete game while Max Browne and Sam Elting each recorded two hits. The game was tied 2-2 after one inning until Silver Creek scored the decisive third run in the third.
"We played two close games," Schlagel said. "We threw our number one guy out there in game one and we held it close until we had one bad inning. That's kind of what we've been doing this summer. It's inexperience and I think we're not always applying the things we talk about in practice when it's time to play the games and it matters."
The running game was working and Silver Creek stole seven bases in Game 2. Elting and Browne combined to go 8 for 13 at the plate on the day.
Silver Creek 7, Skyline 2
Silver Creek 000 030 4 — 7 13 5
Skyline 010 000 1 — 2 4 2
W — Kramer. L — Higgins.
Silver Creek hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Elting 3-1-1-0, Ramirez 3-2-1-0, Browne 2-1-2-1, Gregory 3-0-0-0, Olinger 3-2-2-2, Carlough 4-1-3-1, Kramer 4-0-1-2, Olinger 4-0-2-0, Smedley 3-0-0-0, Lukas 1-0-1-0, Bicknell 1-0-0-0, Call 1-0-0-0. Totals 33-7-13-6. 2B — Kramer.
Skyline hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Zietlow 4-0-1-0, Schernecke 4-0-1-0, Hamby 2-0-0-0, Chapparro 4-1-2-0, Higgins 4-0-0-1, Riddoch 3-0-0-0, McGregor 3-0-0-0, Terao 2-0-0-0, Canar 2-1-0-0, Chrisman 0-0-0-0. Totals 28-2-4-1.
Silver Creek pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Kramer 7-4-2-1-4-7.
Skyline pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Higgins 7-13-7-4-2-6.