LONGMONT — With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the sixth, Silver Creek pitcher KC Lord was trying to keep it that way.
Thompson Valley had a runner on first with one out and Kyle Kelly at the plate. Trying to avoid another big hit and to catch the runner leaning, Lord threw a pitch high and wide. But Kelly was having one of those days and he reached out and laced it into right field. It rolled to the fence and Kelly jogged into third base with an RBI triple.
The hit sparked a five-run rally that gave the Eagles an 8-4 win Saturday, and it also typified the day for Kelly and the Raptors in the Northern League matchup.
“It was actually a pitchout, it was up and away, and he threw his bat out there,” Lord said.
It was only fitting that Kelly hit a triple on a pitch far out of the strike zone. In his first two at-bats the Thompson Valley senior hit leadoff home runs on two different pitches, which had the Raptors shaking their heads.
“A kid hitting two home runs in this yard, we weren’t expecting that,” Silver Creek coach Trevor Platt said. “We played them Thursday and we didn’t see that.”
Neither did Lord, who didn’t have much trouble with the rest of the lineup.
“The first at-bat it was fastballs, second time was curveballs. I need to mix it up,” he said. “That guy had a good day. It was surprising; I’m not going to lie. Not much I can do about it.”
Even with the two home runs the Raptors (1-2, 1-1) were in a position to win the game before the sixth inning. But Lord walked the first two batters before Kelly tripled. Karsen Buschjost followed with a double to give the Eagles (2-2, 1-1) a 5-3 and chase Lord.
“I wasn’t tired,” he said. “I left a couple of curveballs hanging. I was trying to paint the corners a little too fine and I was missing.”
Greg Reynolds came on and gave up an RBI double and two run scoring singles before getting out of the inning.
The Raptors loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but a double-play grounder essentially ended the rally.
For Platt, the game wasn’t lost there or in the sixth inning.
“It starts further back. We did a good a great job of moving runners into scoring position and we didn’t pick those runners up,” he said. “If we pick up some of those runners, we’re up and that inning may not be a factor.”
“We should have been hitting a lot better,” he said. “It didn’t feel good. It really made me mad but we need to move along.”
Thompson Valley 8, Silver Creek 4
At Silver Creek HS
Thompson Valley (2-2, 1-1) 011 105 0 — 8 10 1
Silver Creek (1-2, 1-1) 011 010 1 — 4 6 0
W — Chris Sievers (1-0). L — KC Lord (0-1). S — Cole Mueller.
Thompson Valley hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Jeremy White 3-1-1-0, Drew Meintzer 3-0-0-0, Chrise Sievers 3-1-1-1, Kyle Kelly 3-3-3-3, Karson Buschjost 4-1-1-1, Cole Mueller 4-1-2-0, Garrett Smith 3-1-0-1, Brad Soucek 3-0-1-1, Sam Hardy 2-0-0-0, Teague McFadden 1-0-1-1. Totals 29-8-10-7. 2B — Mueller 2, Buschjost. 3B — Kelly. HR — Kelly 2 (solo in 2nd, solo in 4th).
Silver Creek (ab-r-h-rbi) — Trey Fleming 3-0-1-0, Greg Reynolds 3-2-2-1, Joey Strauss 3-1-2-1, Wyatt Knechtel 2-0-0-0, Garrett Howards 4-0-0-0, KC Lord 2-0-1-1, Scott Platt 2-0-0-0-, Matt Siedem 1-0-0-0, Kellen Wenande 3-0-0-0, Levi Deckert 2-0-0-0, Chico Grine 0-1-0-0. Totals 25-4-6-3. 2B — Reynolds. 3B — None. HR — None. SB — Reynolds 2.
Thompson Valley pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Sievers 6-6-4-3-4-8, Mueller 1-0-0-0-1-0.
Silver Creek pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Lord 51/3-7-7-6-6-2-6, Reynolds 2/3-3-2-2-1-0, Strauss 1-0-0-0-1-0.