The Legacy baseball team, ranked No. 8 in 5A, took down No. 4 Mountain Range Saturday afternoon to improve to 11-1 overall and 5-0 in Front Range League play. The Lightning scored at least once in every inning to back up a strong effort on the mound from senior Ross Smith.
"I thought we played really, really well," said Legacy head coach Ty Giordano. "Ross did an outstanding job stepping up and throwing the way he did today coming off of two-days rest. We're trying to win every inning, and the guys did that today."
Legacy opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, as junior outfielder Dylan Grierson grounded one up the middle and into center field to score sophomore shortstop Tyler Lyons. Grierson finished the day with four hits, three RBIs and two runs scored.
"I've just been trying to keep it simple lately, just staying through the ball and not making it more complicated than it needs to be," Grierson said.
The Lightning tacked on another run in the second inning. Sophomore outfielder Josh Maestas singled to right and freshman second baseman McCully Sehr sacrificed him to second. Sophomore outfielder Chase Esplin then grounded a single into left, scoring Maestas.
Mountain Range took the lead in the top of the third inning on a two-run triple by Austin Mee and an RBI single by Ryan Trinkaus, but Smith was able to limit the damage.
Legacy then came right back in the bottom of the inning, as two runs came around to score when the Mustangs shortstop made a throwing error trying to complete a double play.
The Lightning then put the game out of reach in the fourth, scoring four more runs. Esplin blooped a single down the left field line, Lyons reached on an error by the third baseman, and senior first baseman Ryan Overboe bunted for a hit to load the bases. Smith then hit a sacrifice fly to score Esplin, then senior outfielder Jack Wilmer doubled to score Lyons and Grierson singled through the right side to score Overboe and Wilmer.
"We don't try to do too many special things, we just try to have one productive at-bat after another," Giordano said.
Legacy added one more run in each of the fifth and sixth innings, as Overboe hit a sacrifice fly and Esplin scored on a passed ball.
On the mound, Smith allowed nine hits but was able to work out of trouble and keep the Mustangs to three runs.
"He had command of all three of his pitches, and he's tough to hit when he can do that. He did a nice job of mixing speeds up and working in and out," Giordano said.
Next up for the Lightning is a trip to Scott Carpenter Park to face Boulder on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Legacy 10, Mountain Range 3
Mountain Range003 000 0 — 3 9 2
Legacy112 411 x — 10 15 0
W — Legacy Smith (2-0). L — Polson.
Mountain Range hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Hoffman 3-1-2-0, Wolf 2-0-1-0, Brocklander 1-0-0-0, Rojas 2-0-0-0, Ortega 1-0-0-0, Polson 3-0-2-0, Domenico 4-1-1-0, Courter 3-0-0-0, Trinkaus 3-0-2-1, Simmons 3-0-1-0, Mee 4-1-1-2. 2B — Simmons. 3B — Mee.
Legacy hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Smith 3-0-1-1, Wilmer 3-2-1-1, Grierson 4-2-4-3, Esplin 3-2-3-1, Lyons 4-2-1-0, Overboe 2-1-1-1, Maestas 4-1-1-1, Sehr 3-0-1-0, O'Brien 4-0-2-0. 2B — Smith, Wilmer.
Mountain Range pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Polson 4-11-8-7-2-1, Brocklander 2-4-2-2-2-2.
Legacy pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Smith 6 ⅓ -9-3-3-1-8, Mischke ⅔ -0-0-0-0-1.
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