Mead defeated crosstown rival Skyline 6-2 Saturday afternoon, giving the Mavericks a sweep of the Falcons. Senior Brady Carstens pitched a complete game and allowed only two unearned runs in a fast-paced game that lasted just an hour and 30 minutes.
"It feels pretty good to take both games," said Mead head coach Randy Click. Travis (Schlagel) is a great coach and Skyline has always played us tough. Last year we walked off against them and then they walked off against us, so it feels good. We played loose and with energy, and that's what we've been working towards, especially with our four-game slump against Windsor and Holy Family. They responded and I couldn't be more proud of them."
Mead set the tone early with a run in the top of the first inning. Senior centerfielder Greyson Young led off the inning with a walk and then stole second base. Junior Skyline pitcher Nate McGregor tried to pick him off, but his throw skipped into centerfield and the centerfielder's attempt to throw Young out at third also got away, allowing him to score.
The Mavericks struck for four more runs in the third inning, as two walks and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with one out. Carstens drew a walk to score a run, sophomore infielder Brady Veltien singled to right to score two more, and junior outfielder Tanner Leise plated another with an RBI groundout.
Mead added another run in the top of the sixth inning, as Leise tripled over the centerfielder's head and scored on a single from senior infielder Lucas Hale.
Skyline was only able to score two unearned runs against Carstens, who is sixth in the state in strikeouts with 77. Carstens only struck out five Falcons, but he pounded the strike zone, didn't walk any batters, and let his defense work for him.
"All of my pitches were working, but honestly the biggest thing was my defense. I couldn't have done it without them," Carstens said.
Next up for Skyline, now 7-10 on the year, is a trip to Broomfield to take on No. 5 Holy Family at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Mead, now 10-7, will travel to Erie to take on the Tigers at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
"We have to stay loose," Click said. "This is a really weird bunch of boys and their passion for the game is unmatched, and they just have to keep that."
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Mead 6, Skyline 2
Mead104 001 0 — 6 10 0
Skyline000 100 1 — 2 5 2
W — Mead Carstens. L — McGregor.
Mead hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Young 2-1-1-0, Boaz 3-1-1-0, Borrego 4-1-1-0, Jacobs 0-1-0-0, Derrington 2-0-0-0, Carstens 3-1-1-1, Veltien 4-0-1-2, Leise 3-1-2-1, Hale 3-0-2-1, McDaniel 3-0-1-0. 2B — McDaniel. 3B — Leise. SB — Young, Veltien.
Skyline hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Canar 3-0-1-0, Elwood 3-0-0-0, Hamby 3-1-1-0, Chaparro 3-1-2-0, Hart 3-0-0-1, McGregor 3-0-0-0, Bridwell 3-0-1-0, Piggott 2-0-0-0, J. Scott 2-0-0-0. 2B — Chaparro.
Mead pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Carstens 7-5-2-0-0-5.
Skyline pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — McGregor 4-5-5-4-5-0, Piggott 3-5-1-1-0-2.