LONGMONT — So far, it seems as if the Longmont baseball team is celebrating the effort of a different offensive hero after every game.
On Thursday, it was Kyler Leroux and Cris Chacon’s turn to carry the load.
Leroux blasted a two-run home run and Chacon contributed a key two-run double, as the Trojans continued their hot start with an 8-5 victory at Silver Creek in a Northern League showdown. The cross-town rivals meet again on Saturday at Longmont.
“For the most part, we’ve been swinging it pretty good,” Longmont coach Tom Fobes said. “Kyler is a sophomore and he got into one. And then Cris Chacon, who hasn’t had as many at-bats as some other guys, he got into one. They’re both more than capable and strong kids. They came up big for us today.”
Longmont (8-1, 5-0 Northern League) jumped to a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Reilly Mau in the first inning. And Leroux began to break things open for the Trojans with his shot in the fourth, smashing a 2-0 pitch from the Raptors’ KC Lord beyond the left-center field fence.
The Trojans padded their lead with three unearned runs off of four Silver Creek errors, and Chacon’s two-run double in the fifth helped Longmont take a seemingly insurmountable 8-0 lead.
“(Lord) threw the first two pitches as balls and I was just sitting back on it,” Leroux said. “It felt good, but I thought it was going to be a double. But it just kept carrying. Our senior leadership has been great, because they keep pushing us to be better hitters.”
Mau came into the game having allowed only two earned runs in 11 innings so far this season on the mound but, while he improved to 3-0, the senior did not enjoy his best outing.
Silver Creek (4-5-1, 3-2) began chipping away at the 8-0 deficit in the bottom of the fifth as Mau ran out of gas, getting an RBI single from Greg Reynolds and scoring three additional runs on wild pitches by Mau to cut Longmont’s lead in half.
The Raptors remained within striking distance as relief pitcher Joey Stauss held the Trojans scoreless over the final two innings, but Silver Creek was unable to maintain a rally against Longmont reliever Brett Sterkel.
A perfectly executed hit-and-run by Matt Siedem in the bottom of the sixth set up an RBI groundout by Silver Creek leadoff hitter Scott Platt, pulling the Raptors within 8-5. Sterkel, however, shut the door on Silver Creek’s comeback in the seventh.
“We competed, and that’s the great thing about our league — we get to see them again in 48 hours,” Silver Creek coach Trevor Platt said. “We’ll regroup tomorrow and get after it again with them on Saturday. We made it interesting. It could have been a blowout and we go home early at 10-0, but the kids got after it. We had our opportunities. We just didn’t take care of the baseball like we should have today. That was probably the big difference.”
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Longmont 8, Silver Creek 5
At Silver Creek H.S.
Longmont (8-1, 5-0) 100 340 0 — 8 11 0
Silver Creek (4-5-1, 3-2) 000 041 0 — 5 9 4
W — Mau (3-0). L — Lord (2-3)
Longmont (ab-r-h-rbi) — Yee 4-1-1-0, Magee 4-0-1-0, Crist 4-1-1-0, Mau 2-0-1-1, Bladt 3-1-1-0, Moroyoqui 4-2-3-0, Martien 0-0-0-0, Leroux 4-1-1-2, Amen 1-1-1-0, Bergamo 1-0-0-0, Chacon 3-1-1-2, Sterkel 1-0-0-0. Totals 30-8-11-5. 2B — Chacon. HR — Leroux (1 on in 4th). SB — Bladt, Martien.
Silver Creek (ab-r-h-rbi) — Platt 4-1-1-1, Wenande 3-0-1-0, Grine 0-1-0-0, Reynolds 4-0-2-1, Stauss 4-0-1-0, Knechtel 1-0-1-0, Apodaca 3-0-0-0, Lord 3-0-1-0, Fleming 3-2-1-0, Siedem 2-1-1-0. Totals 27-5-9-2. 2B — Knechtel. 3B — Fleming. SB — Platt.
Longmont (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Mau 4.1-6-4-4-3-5, Sterkel 2.2-3-1-1-1-1.
Silver Creek (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Lord 4-10-6-4-2-3, Stauss 3-1-2-1-3-3.