BOULDER — Fairview High baseball coach Rick Harig keeps hearing how good his young team is going to be in the future.
He’s also trying to not let his players be content in the present just because of their youth.
“I think these guys can compete now,” Harig said Saturday afternoon. “It’s just a matter of whether it will be in time to beat teams like that (this season).”
“That” referred to Douglas County, a heavy-hitting bunch that had just finished turning in a businesslike 7-2 victory over Harig’s Knights at Bauldie Moschetti Field.
Six different Huskies players doubled for Douglas County (7-1). Salt Lake City Community College recruit Jordan Leinweber finished just a single short of the cycle to lead the way — homering in the first inning, tripling in the third and doubling in the fifth before grounding out in the sixth.
The loss dropped the Knights to 4-3 heading into Front Range League play.
“We recognize that’s a good team,” said FHS pitcher Caleb Killian, one of four seniors in the starting lineup. “We’ve just got to come out and compete every day.”
Considering the Huskies entered the game having scored fewer than 10 runs just once this season, Killian and the Knights pitchers who followed fared OK, allowing just three earned runs.
But the Huskies kept the pressure on, notching 11 hits and scoring in five of seven innings. And a pair of FHS errors in the sixth inning gave Douglas County the opening it needed to break the game open.
No. 9 hitter Cole Thomas doubled down the left field line to score a pair of runs, and then scored himself on a double by Baron Coffelt to make it 7-1.
“Our approach at the plate is really good,” said Leinweber — whose grandfather Ron Leinweber, a Longmont resident, was an accomplished men’s fastpitch softball pitcher and has tutored some of the top girls pitchers to come out of Boulder County. “We know we can (score a lot of runs every game).”
Without a pair of their best bats in the lineup Saturday, the Knights had a tough time keeping pace with the Huskies. Senior shortstop Jacob Olsen is out for the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, while slugging first baseman Rocky DeSantis sat out the game due to an unspecified team policy.
DeSantis will return to action this week, but his and Olsen’s absences left an already green group with three sophomores and two freshmen in the starting lineup Saturday.
Facing big right-handed pitcher Taylor Craft, the Knights were quiet at the plate for the first five innings, but appeared poised to rally in the sixth.
Sophomore Anders Hill led off the frame with a home run to left field to make it 7-2, and Jack Madden and Clay Jeanette followed with singles. But a fly ball double play and a fielders choice quickly ended the threat.
“We’re working on playing hard every day and growing up,” Harig said.
Douglas County 7, Fairview 2
At Fairview HS
Douglas County (7-1) 111 103 0 — 7 11 2
Fairview (4-3) 001 001 0 — 2 5 3
W — Craft. L — Killian (3-3).
Douglas County hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Ludden 4-0-1-1, Coffelt 4-0-1-1, Leinweber 4-2-3-1, Maloney 4-0-1-1, Craft 4-0-2-0, Cooke 0-1-0-0, Kieffer 4-1-1-0, Gonzales 4-1-0-0, Guillory 2-1-1-1, Thomas 3-1-1-2, Pitchford 0-0-0-0. Totals 33-7-11-7. 2B — Lubben, Coffelt, Leinweber, Maloney, Guillory, Thomas. 3B — Leinwebber. HR — Leinweber (Solo in 1st). SB — Gonzales.
Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Frazier 4-0-0-0, Blair 3-0-0-0, Hill 3-1-1-1, J. Madden 3-0-1-0, Jeanette 3-0-1-0, Katz 2-0-1-0, R. Madden 3-0-0-0, Casey 2-0-0-0, Herndan 0-1-0-0, Ryan 2-0-1-0, Killian 0-0-0-0, Stoorman 0-0-0-0. Totals 25-2-5-1. 2B — Ryan. HR — Hill (Solo in 6th). SB — Frazier, Katz, Herndan.
Douglas County pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Craft7-5-2-1-2-9. HB — Craft.
Fairview pitching (ip-hir-er-bb-so) — Killian 4-6-4-3-1-4; Stoorman 2-3-3-0-0-1, R. Madden 1-2-0-0-0-0.