LAFAYETTE — With Max Higdon still on the shelf and Brayden Weyer just getting back in the mix, the pitching depth for Peak to Peak's baseball team is only going to get deeper. That's every high school coach's envy, and one element of the Pumas' returning team that head coach Derek Urban was most elated about prior to the season.
So far, the Class 3A Pumas have shown the resiliency that he's been looking for on the mound, particularly in the past two nights as his kids beat teams back-to-back that made runs at state titles last year.
However, there's still some growing to be done, Urban said after Peak to Peak knocked off defending 2A state champ Dawson School 2-1 on Wednesday night.
"The pitching was great today, and I had two young ones out there in Niko (DeNiro) and Zach (Feigelson). I really just want my guys to learn to dominate the zone and throw strikes," said Urban, whose team lost just one senior from last year's 14-7 squad. "I don't want them always trying to miss bats. Let them hit it because we have a great defense behind them.
"We haven't even touched the real depth of our pitching yet."
Just three games in, the Pumas (2-1) have utilized five different pitchers — and that includes just one inning from Weyer, who figures to be in the rotation soon after recovering from knee surgery this basketball season.
After a rough opener against Resurrection Christian, Tommy Shriver bounced back to beat help his team beat University 4-3 on Tuesday night — the Bulldogs were a 3A final four team last year — before Peak to Peak turned around and held Dawson (2-2) to just the one run on Wednesday.
DeNiro worked four innings allowing no runs on two hits while walking just one. Feigelson then threw the final three frames, working effectively while walking just two batters. One of those was Seth Clemente in the seventh inning, and he would eventually come around to score after getting to third base on an errant pick-off attempt.
"Pitching is huge for us, but we need our offense to put up the runs to allow those guys to just throw it in there and not be afraid of giving up a couple base hits," Urban said. "Zach's going to get us some innings, and he has a nasty forkball that's going to get some outs."
Dawson's Chase Fulkerson, who struck out 15 Dayspring Christian batters back on March 9, kept things close Wednesday, as well. Both of Peak to Peak's runs came in the second inning, one off a Finn Larson double that brought home Baylor Weyer.
The Mustangs' lineup just simply couldn't pick him up, leaving eight runners on base.
Peak to Peak 2, Dawson School 1
At Dawson School
Peak to Peak (2-1) 020 000 0 — 2 2 1
Dawson School (2-2) 000 000 1 — 1 3 3
W — DeNiro. L — Fulkerson.
Peak to Peak hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Bradfield 3-0-0-0, Bagnato 1-0-0-0, Feigelson 3-0-0-0, Poretz 2-0-0-0, Ba. Weyer 3-1-1-0, Larson 3-1-1-1, Shriver 2-0-0-0, Kerr 2-0-0-0, Colgate 3-0-0-0. Totals 22-2-2-1. 2B —Larson. SB —Bagnato, Weyer.
Dawson hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Clemente 2-1-1-0, Muniz 4-0-0-1, McClellan 2-0-1-0, Fulkerson 2-0-0-0, Heroux 3-0-0-0, Day 3-0-1-0, Cerna-Gayten 3-0-0-0, Jones 3-0-0-0, Harell 3-0-0-0, Dodge 0-0-0-0. Totals 25-1-3-1. 2B — Clemente, Day. SB —Clemente, McClellan.
Peak to Peak pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — DeNiro 4-2-0-0-1-4, Feigelson 3-1-1-0-2-1.
Dawson pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Fulkerson 7-2-2-1-5-3.