BROOMFIELD — If there was anything that rivaled the stiffness of the wind at the Holy Family baseball field on Wednesday, it was the expression of Tigers head coach Marc Cowell after his team's performance against Roosevelt in a follow-up to Monday's 3-2 loss to the RoughRiders.
There just wasn't much positive to come out of a 9-2 setback and a crucial Tri-Valley League series sweep. And that seven-game win streak HFHS put together before Easter now seems pretty distant.
"We came out here (Tuesday) and worked hard on some stuff offensively, and (Roosevelt) out-performed us with runners on, out-performed us with two strikes, with first-pitch strikes taken," Cowell said after his team dropped to 8-4 but more importantly has dipped into the lower 20's in the RPI rankings with seven games to go. "They beat us in every facet today, which is frustrating considering our workout (in practice).
"We have a lot of work to do, and now we may be on the outside looking in for the postseason. But we've put ourselves in this position. Good thing is we have plenty of time to do something about it."
The Tigers hadn't lost back-to-back games until they came up against Roosevelt, which at 6-6 was ranked No. 22 in the RPI prior to Wednesday. Much like on Monday, the Tigers got behind early and had to try and fight their way back into the game.
This time, being down 8-0 after five frames was too big a deficit. Holy Family scored twice in the fifth to avoid a shutout, but they were never in the contest after a four-run fourth inning from the visitors.
Early on, it appeared like another low-scoring game was in the works, especially with the westerly wind knocking everything down. After Holy Family stranded the bases loaded in the second inning and had another two runners on with one out in the third without plating a run, Roosevelt started to deliver big hits when the Riders had runners aboard.
In the fourth, RHS got a bases-clearing double from pitcher Brandin Obrecht to break a scoreless stalemate, and first baseman Miguel Maldonado added a two-run double down the third base line in the fifth.
Maldonado ended up scoring three runs as the clean-up hitter, as well.
Holy Family had five hits and drew eight walks, several of the latter with runners in scoring position. But the Tigers only came up with two of their hits with runners poised to score. They also hit into two double plays.
"We left five runners on the first (three) innings, and the moment they had opportunities they jumped all over it, and that really was the difference," Cowell said. "You have to give them credit."
The grind of a week continues Thursday and Saturday with a home-and-home against Mead, and the Tigers finish up league play against Windsor and Skyline.
Roosevelt 9, Holy Family 2
At Holy Family HS
Roosevelt (7-6, 6-2)000 440 1 — 9 8 1
Holy Family (8-4, 5-3)000 020 0 — 2 5 2
W — Obrecht. L — Brassil.
Roosevelt hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — McLoughlan 3-1-1-0, Slaymaker 4-1-1-0, Sterling 3-1-0-0, Maldonado 4-3-2-2, Swartzbaugh 4-1-0-0, Obrecht 3-2-1-3, Olguin 0-0-0-0, Grim 2-0-1-0, Shuffler 3-0-1-2, Correjou 4-0-0-0. 2B —Obrecht, Maldonado.
Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Rode 2-1-0-0, Martinek 0-0-0-0, Becker 4-0-1-0, Neill 4-1-0-0, Miller 1-0-0-0, Clingman 3-0-1-1, Brassil 4-0-0-1, Closen 3-0-0-0, Coufal 2-0-1-0, Sasser 2-0-0-0, Cringlen 1-0-1-0, Lucko 0-0-0-0. SB —Miller, Clingman.
Roosevelt pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Obrecht 4.1-4-2-1-6-3, McLoughlan 2.2-1-0-0-2-1.
Holy Family pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Brassil 4.2-5-8-7-2-2, Cringlen 2.0-2-1-1-2-0, Elliot 0.1-0-0-0-0-0.