LONGMONT — The Skyline baseball club is starting seven underclassmen this season, but the young Falcons showed they’re unwillingness to give up on Saturday.
The Falcons rallied back from a four-run deficit on their home diamond, but finally fell to Sterling 5-4 in the eighth inning.
Falcons sophomore pitcher Garret Angstead started off shaky in his first start of the season, walking four batters and giving up four runs in the first inning. But he settled in and allowed just two hits and a walk over the next four innings.
Six-foot-4 freshman Michael Miller took the mound for the Falcons (1-2, 0-2 Tri-Valley) in the sixth. He pitched three innings and gave up just two hits, including an RBI single to Sterling’s Brenden Diaz in the eighth that turned out to be the game-winner.
“You just gotta go out and throw strikes,” Angstead said. “I started finding the zone and it helps to have a great defense behind you.
Freshman shortstop Tyler Hamby and freshman second baseman Andrew Stoops devoured everything up the middle. The young pair combined to assist on nine outs, including an inning-ending double play that kept the game close in the eighth inning.
Between the sixth and seventh innings, Hamby, who also recorded his first hit of the season on a fifth-inning double over the left fielder’s head, threw out four straight runners.
“We told Garret that we had his back,” Hamby said. “He started putting it over the plate and we played good defense behind him. We’re a young team so we’re not gonna score a lot of runs, so defense is gonna be huge for us this year.”
The Falcons scored three runs in the third and one more in the fifth to tie the game. Sophomore Aaron Soriano paced the offense with two singles, two RBIs and two stolen bases.
“I was hoping to hit them maybe a little bit more solid,” Soriano said. “But hits are hits, so it worked out. We fought hard. It’s hard to come back off a four-run deficit. Coming out, you just gotta do your thing, hit the ball, play defense and throw strikes.”
The Falcons had Brandon Moore on second with two outs in the seventh and had Gehrig White on second with one out in the eighth but couldn’t get either runner home.
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Sterling 5, Skyline 4
At Skyline HS
Sterling (3-0, 2-0) 400 000 01 — 5 6 4
Skyline (1-2, 0-2) 000 310 00 — 4 8 2
W — Lingreen (1-0). L — Miller (0-1).
Sterling hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Pancetta 4-1-3-0, Lingreen 4-1-1-1, Diaz 3-0-1-1, Engelhaupt 3-0-0-0, Wolfey 2-1-0-0, Thiessen 2-0-0-0, Lucero 0-1-0-0, Guenzi 3-0-1-0, Myers 3-0-0-0, Kiel 1-1-0-0. Totals 25-5-6-2. SB — Lingreen, Diaz.
Skyline hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Angstead 4-0-1-0, Hamby 4-1-1-0, Reigle 4-1-1-0, Seals 2-0-0-0, Forsyth 0-0-0-0, Painter 2-0-0-0, Soriano 3-1-2-2, Moore 0-0-0-0, Baessler 4-0-1-0, Gonzales 0-0-0-0, Miller 4-1-1-1, White 3-0-1-1, Stoops 3-0-0-0. Totals 33-5-8-4. 2B — Hamby, Miller. 3B — White. SB — Reigle 2, Soriano 2, White, Stoops.
Sterling pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Thiessen 5-8-4-4-1-6, Lingreen 3-0-0-0-2-2.
Skyline pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Angstead 5-4-4-2-1-1, Miller 3-2-1-1-1-1.