BOULDER — Things seem to be falling into place at the right time for the Silver Creek Legion A summer baseball team.
With the state tournament right around the corner, the Raptors boast a 23-7-1 record. On Thursday, the Raptors swept a doubleheader with Fairview A2, 14-5 and 20-1, to push their current win streak up to seven games.
"We swung the bats well up and down the lineup," Raptors coach Chad Olinger said. "We've been consistently backing up our pitchers. Our guys have been swinging it well most of the summer and it's definitely trending up."
In Game 1 against Fairview A2, the Raptors continued their hot hitting and had no trouble moving runners into scoring position. Once they did, it seemed like Max Browne was up to bat next. When Browne got chances to put runs up on the scoreboard, he made them count, driving in seven of his team's 14 runs.
"Personally, I feel pretty good about my swing," said Browne, who had three hits including a triple and a double. "As a team, we have a lot of confidence and that helped me feel free up there. We had lots of runners in scoring position and I really just tried to put the ball in play."
Averaging 10.4 runs in their five games prior to Thursday's doubleheader, the Raptors tallied 14 hits in Game 1. Browne, George Ramirez, Cade Call, Wes Gregory, Rex Olinger and Christopher Smedley each turned in multi-hit performances.
"We've always swung the bats well and we're just starting to square ourselves better lately," Ramirez said. "The pitcher threw well. He was throwing pretty fast and he liked to keep the ball low but we just hung in there and put up good at-bats."
Raptors starter Andrew VanDyke and Dylan Ordway combined to allow just one earned run while striking out 10 batters over seven innings.
"Andrew VanDyke had a decent outing but got into a few too many deep counts," Olinger said. "He just needs to be a little more consistent with the strikes and limit the two-out walks."
Fairview A2 totaled two hits in Game 1, with Liam Blomwalker leading the way going 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI at the plate.
In Game 2, the Raptors exploded for 14 runs in the first inning and kept the pressure on to close out the game in five innings. Lukas Bush drove in four runs and the plate and starter Christopher Smedley picked up the win on the mound.
Silver Creek 14, Fairview A2 5
At Fairview H.S.
Silver Creek 130 341 2 — 14 14 3
Fairview A2 002 120 0 — 5 4 3
W — VanDyke.
Silver Creek hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Elting 2-2-0-0, Borrego 1-2-0-0, Ramirez 2-4-2-2, Browne 4-0-3-7, Bicknell 1-0-0-0, Call 4-1-2-0, Gregory 4-0-2-1, Kramer 1-0-0-0, T. Olinger 3-0-0-0, Bush 2-1-0-0, Carlough 4-2-1-0, R. Olinger 4-0-2-1, Smedley 4-2-2-1, Ordway 0-0-0-0, VanDyke 0-0-0-0. Totals 36-14-14-12. 2B — Browne, Gregory, R. Olinger. 3B — Browne, Ramirez.
Fairview A2 hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Garcia 3-0-0-0, McMinn 3-1-0-0, Franko 3-0-0-0, Erickson 3-2-1-0, Carrigan 4-1-1-2, Okada 3-0-0-0, Blom-Walker 2-1-2-1, Caraballo 1-0-0-0, Futter 1-0-0-0, Murray 2-0-0-0. Totals 25-5-4-3. 2B — Blom-Walker, Carrigan. SB — Blom-Walker, McMinn.
Silver Creek pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — VanDyke 4.2-4-5-1-5-7, Ordway 2.1-0-0-0-1-3.
Fairview A2 pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Futter 5-12-11-11-4-3, Blom-Walker 2-2-3-2-1-1.