BOULDER — College decisions out of the way, a relaxed Rocky DeSantis and Jake Olsen on Saturday did just what the Fairview Knights are expecting of them this spring on the baseball diamond.
They led the FHS attack.
The two seniors notched two hits apiece and drove in a combined five runs to power the Knights to an 11-1 season-opening victory over the Plattsmouth (Neb.) Blue Devils.
Both Olsen and DeSantis made their college choices in recent weeks. Olsen signed with Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill., while DeSantis will play for Garden City Community College in Kansas.
“Having those out of the way takes a lot of the pressure out of worrying how you perform,” said Olsen, an infielder who was in the lineup as the designated hitter Saturday due to a sore shoulder. “We can just worry about what we do best.”
Tied 1-1 through two innings, Olsen singled to left in the bottom of the third to score Cameron Frazier and put the Knights up for good. DeSantis followed with a two-run triple to break the game open.
DeSantis, a lefty first baseman, added a two-run double in the sixth that plated Jordan Blair and Olsen, and kicked in the 10-run mercy rule to end the game.
Olsen scored twice on the day.
“Certainly they have the experience and ability,” said Fairview coach Rick Harig, whose young varsity squad features four sophomores and two freshmen this spring. “We’re going to try and count on them a lot.”
Frazier reached base and scored three times, and Blair reached three times as well, scoring and driving in a run as the top four players in the FHS batting order did most of the damage.
Fairview notched just seven hits on the day, but took advantage of plenty of Plattsmouth pitching and fielding miscues.
“The other team helped us out with those wild pitches and stuff,” DeSantis said. “But we’ve got a lot of bats on this team, and I think you’ll see a lot of double digits in that hit column (this season).”
Defensively, the Knights were solid, with pitchers Will Stoorman, Caleb Killian and Ryan Madden combining on a two-hitter while tossing two innings apiece.
Killian earned the win, proving most effective with two shutout innings and just seven batters faced.
Plattsmouth, a town of about 7,000, is fielding a prep baseball team for the first time this season.
The Blue Devils (0-2), coached by former Longmont High assistant Jim Olsen, grabbed the lead on an unearned run in the first inning when Phil Hertel scored on a Greg Harris single to center. But the visitors didn’t have enough to keep pace with FHS.
“This is our first year,” said Jim Olsen, whose team plays at Longmont on Monday. “We’re trying to build excitement. They’re competing.”
Fairview 11, Plattsmouth, Neb. 1
At Fairview HS
Plattsmouth (0-2) 100 000 — 1 2 5
Fairview (1-0) 104 312 — 11 7 1
W — Killian (1-0). L — McAllister.
Plattsmouth hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Hertel 3-1-0-0, McAllister 2-0-0-0, Jansen 2-0-0-0, Harris 2-0-2-1, Maddux 2-0-0-0, Knople 2-0-0-0, Han 1-0-0-0, Kerns 1-0-0-0, Combs 1-0-0-0, Sutton 2-0-0-0, Hoschar 1-0-0-0, Sabatka 1-0-0-0, Walker 0-0-0-0, Eggert 0-0-0-0. Totals 20-1-2-1.
Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Frazier 4-3-1-0, Blair 2-1-1-1, Herndan 0-1-0-0, Olsen 4-2-2-1, DeSantis 4-1-2-4, Hill 0-0-0-0, Madden 3-1-0-0, Jeanette 2-0-0-0, Malkin 0-0-0-0, Katz 3-1-1-0, Ryan 0-1-0-0, Stoorman 0-0-0-0, Killian 0-0-0-0, Madden 0-0-0-0. Totals 22-11-7-6. 2B — DeSantis. 3B — DeSantis. SB — Frazier, Hill.
Plattsmouth pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — McAllister 3-5-7-3-3-3; Eggert 1-0-1-0-0-1; Knople 1/3-0-1-1-1-0; Sabatka 2/3-2-2-2-0-0. HB — Eggert, Sabatka.
Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Stoorman 2-1-1-1-1-2; Killian 2-1-0-0-0-2; Madden 2-0-0-0-2-2. HB — Stoorman.