Baseball: Lightning outslug Panthers in nearly 3-hour affair

David R Jennings
Legacy’s Daniel Lee, right, tries to tag out Pomona base runner Nate Olinger at third base during the Lightning’s win on Saturday.

BROOMFIELD — With the way Legacy hits the ball, there is one thing Dillon Bollig is certain of — his team is never out of a game.

The Lightning more than proved the second baseman right Saturday, with the team’s red-hot bats earning Legacy one of its tensest wins of the season. Bollig spearheaded Legacy’s fifth-inning surge that led to a 13-10 win over Pomona.

But up to that inning, and immediately after, the Panthers went tit-for-tat with their hosts.

“It wasn’t a strain by any means,” Bollig said. “But it certainly did help keep the right mindset and in tune with the game.”

Bollig got the ball rolling for Legacy (6-1), breaking a 7-7 stalemate with Pomona (3-7) in the fifth with his second extra-base hit of the afternoon. The senior hit a screamer to left field, allowing him to hoof it to second base standing and sending the first two runs of the inning across home plate.

“I was just trying to focus on not pulling anything,” he said. “I was just glad my team picked up right after me.”

The hitting was just par for course for Bollig, who finished the afternoon one of his team’s most productive players at the plate.

The second baseman went 3 for 3 with two doubles, three runs and two RBIs. And he did not have to wait long for his initial work of the fifth to get backed up by Legacy’s other big bat of the game.

Drew Wells sent two more runs home off a hard single to left field that was too hot for the outfielder to handle. The play set the runners in motion — both in scoring position at the time — but a bobble on the throw allowed the Legacy first baseman the opportunity to take an extra base.

Putting the ball in play was a relief for Wells, who has been walked seven times this season.

“It was nice to see the ball and get some hits,” said Wells, who went 4 for 4. “There wasn’t a lot of pressure (even in the fifth), I knew I would make contact eventually.”

The win was Legacy’s sixth of the season, with the team coming off a 5-1 run through a spring break tournament in Tampa, Fla. But even with the head of steam the team has built there are still shaky points.

The Lightning might have run through five Pomona pitchers, but the team had its share of troubles slowing down the Panthers’ offense.

The Lightning pitching staff gave up 10 earned runs in the nearly 3-hour affair. And a pair of boots in the field in the second inning helped Pomona answer back and take the lead, after the Lightning exited the first with a 5-1 advantage.

“Defensively, we need to be a lot better than we were today and the guys know that,” Legacy coach Ty Giordano said. “All in all we’re happy to have the victory, but we have work to do.”

The nerviest moment of the game came in the final inning. Despite Legacy building a 13-7 lead in the fifth, Pomona flirted with batting itself back into the game in the seventh. The Panthers scored three runs off three hits, two coming off a double by Alec Fernandez.

“It’s high school baseball, you never know what is going to happen,” Giordano said. “They were just going to battle until the very last out.”

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Legacy 13, Pomona 10

At Legacy H.S.

Pomona (3-7) 150 100 3 — 10 12 2

Legacy (6-1) 510 160 x — 13 14 2

W — Gilbreath (2-0). L — Olinger (1-4)

Pomona hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Perez 3-3-2-0, Benefielb 2-1-0-1, Fernandez 2-0-2-2, Olinger 4-1-3-4, Abts 0-0-0-1, Smith 4-1-1-0, Vigil 1-0-0-0, DeHerrera 4-0-2-1, 1-0-0-0, Thistle 3-0-0-0, Ahmad 4-0-0-0, Pratt 3-1-1-0, Vogt 0-1-0-0, Martinelli 1-1-0-0, Coisman 1-1-1-0, etc. Totals 33-10-12-9. 2B — Olinger, DeHerrera, Fernandez. 3B — Olinger.

Legacy hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Clapper 4-2-1-0, Bollig 3-3-3-2, Overboe 3-3-2-2, Bublitz 3-1-1-0, Wells 4-2-4-2, Long 3-1-2-1, Osbment 1-0-0-0, Farrell 4-0-1-1, Lee 2-0-0-1, Wessel 2-1-0-0. Totals 29-13-14-9. 2B — Clapper, Bollig 2, Overboe, Long. SB — Camerlo.

Pomona pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Thistle 31/3-7-6-7-2, McClure 2/3-1-0-0-0-1, Olinger 0-2-4-4-2-0, Hogoboom 2/3-1-3-1-3-0, Abts 1-3-0-0-0-1.

Legacy pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Long 21/3-5-6-6-6-3, Kozanecki 12/3-2-1-1-0-2, Gilbreath 2-1-0-0-0-3, Clapper 1-3-3-3-0-2.