FORT COLLINS — Everything felt rushed on Thursday afternoon at Gabe Pando Park.
With the impending storm threatening to wipe things out for a couple of days, Fairview and Rocky Mountain started 30 minutes before their scheduled first pitch to try and beat Mother Nature.
Turns out they could have started right on time. It only took 1 hour and 14 minutes and five innings for the home-standing Lobos to dispatch the Knights 10-0 and keep pace with Broomfield, who beat Boulder on Thursday, in the Front Range League.
Fairview fell a game off the pace in the FRL, dropping to 8-4 overall and 4-2 in the league.
The hurried pace, the first pitch went at 3:57 p.m., threw off the timing of Knights starter Matt Erickson.
The senior southpaw struggled to find the zone in the opening inning against the potent Lobos lineup, walking the first two hitters and hitting two others. Despite all that, he got out of the inning relatively unscathed, giving up just one run on a sacrifice fly to left.
"We are working with Matt and we are working through it, but I did see some progress today," Fairview baseball coach David Castillo said. "We are going to back him up and we are going to continue to work through it because he is going to be a huge component for us to be successful."
Erickson gave up three more runs in the second inning before giving way to Skyler Limber.
Limber got through his first inning 1-2-3, but the control issue that plagued Erickson reared their ugly head for Limber in the fourth.
The Lobos plated five runs in the frame, the first after back-to-back wild pitches and the next four on Trenton Medrano's grand slam over the left-field fence.
"It's hard getting into a rhythm when guys are reaching on free passes all the time; it affects the defense and the whole mood," Castillo said, "Especially against team like Rocky. When we play these really good teams, it's going to be a battle anyway without giving them more opportunities."
To make matter worse, Rocky's Kansas State-bound John Sorensen was in a zone on the mound and didn't allow the Knights hitters much of anything. Fairview was hitless until the fifth inning, when Teddy Lewitt's bunt single spoiled the no-no.
"This is over, we hit some points, but what can we do. We just need to move on to the next game," said Castillo, whose team hosts Horizon on Saturday. "e will practice hard tomorrow and get ready for Saturday, we can't dwell on this. We'll learn from our mistakes and move on."
ROCKY MOUNTAIN 10, FAIRVIEW 0
At Gabe Pando Park
Fairview (8-4, 4-2) 000 00 — 0 1 1
Rocky Mountain (8-6, 6-1) 130 51 — 10 8 0
W — John Sorensen (1-0). L — Matt Erickson (3-3).
Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Stone Streeter 2-0-0-0, Danny Sheridan 2-0-0-0, Tyler Carpenter 2-0-0-0, Hunter Owens 1-0-0-0, Matt Erickson 0-0-0-0, Skyler Limber 0-0-0-0, Jake Willemsen 2-0-0-0, Henry Rock 2-0-0-0, Teddy Lewitt 2-0-1-0, Sam McGill 1-0-0-0, Cole Carrigan 0-0-0-0, Will Mossa 2-0-0-0. Totals 16-0-1-0.
Rocky Mountain hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Tyler Hyland 3-3-1-0, Kalen Hammer 2-2-2-0, John Sorensen 2-0-1-2, Adam Cornell 0-0-0-0, Jadon Uhrich 2-1-0-0, Spencer Gendreau 1-1-1-3, Cade Nelson 1-0-0-0, Brady Morris 0-0-0-0, Trenton Medrano 3-1-1-4, Trey Wagner 3-1-2-0, Tyler Mata-Lloyd 3-1-0-0. Totals 20-10-8-9. 2B — Hammer. HR — Medrano (grand slam in 4th).
Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Erickson 2-2-4-4-2-5, Limber 2+-6-6-4-2-4.
Rocky Mountain pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Sorensen 5-1-0-0-3-9.