BOULDER — Mama did in fact say there would be days like this.
And for Boulder Collegians coach Haas Pratt and his boys, Wednesday night's Rocky Mountain Baseball League home finale against the Laramie Colts will be struck from the record ... quickly.
The Collegians relievers struggled to find the strike zone in the late innings and a tight game going to the sixth inning turned real ugly and real fast. The Colts returned back to Wyoming with a 21-3 victory under their belts.
"In this game, this definitely does happen and you try to put a band-aid on it as quickly as you can then the band-aid fails and you try to put another one on," said Pratt, whose team drops to 22-14 this summer. "You've just got to flush it.
"The league is going to end up where it is and hopefully we get in the playoffs. I would be surprised if we didn't."
The Collegians will await their fate for the RMBL playoffs — set for next week at Metro State — when the draws come out on Sunday.
"We will hit the ground running," he said, "And let this one go."
Starting pitcher Nick Vega, a California product that was born without a fully developed left hand, was flawless through the first four innings. He gave up just three hits over that stretch and his defense was sparkling behind him.
It was that same defense that let him down in the top of the fifth. A leadoff bunt single by the speedy Cam Landreth was cashed in on Nate Lamberty's two-out single to left. Vega should have been out of the jam when he got Austin Hardy to ground out to third to end the inning, but Jeromy Taylor's throw was off target and allowed both runners to score and bump the lead to 3-1.
"Nick did a great job, but he was getting a little steep on the pitch count," Pratt said. "There wasn't any reason we took him out other than numbers. Health is first and foremost."
The floodgates were open and it was the Colts' Chris Anderson that rode the wave.
The Connecticut-based left-fielder came to the plate with the bases loaded three times in the final two innings and belted two grand slams and was walked on another. Officially he was 2 for 4 with four runs scored and nine RBIs.
"Sometimes you just want to get out and play another game and forget about this one," Pratt said. "I asked the guys if they want to be in (the playoffs) and they want to play and they all said yes.
"These guys are old enough and smart enough to be able to just let that go. It might take a little longer for the guys that struggled on the mound."
Laramie scored all 21 runs in the final three innings, including 13 in the seventh inning.
One of the few highlights at the plate for the Collegians was Taylor's solo home run in the bottom of the fifth — that cut the lead to 3-2 at the time — off the Scott Carpenter Park scoreboard.