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Baseball: Longmont’s bats go cold in loss to Standley Lake

LONGMONT — Less than a week ago, the Longmont baseball team had the look of an offensive juggernaut, mashing opponents with a lineup capable of producing big hits all the way through the No. 9 spot.

Suddenly the well has dried on the Trojans’ run-scoring deluge.

Longmont, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, suffered a 9-1 loss on Wednesday in a non-conference match at home against Standley Lake. The Trojans managed just two hits in six shutout innings against Gators starter Dylan Sherry before finally scratching out a meaningless run in the seventh.

“We did not look good at the plate and (Sherry) made us look bad,” Longmont coach Tom Fobes said. “We just didn’t have very good at-bats. That’s two games in a row where we really haven’t hit the ball real well. We’ve got to make sure we get back on the right track and not let this be some little midseason lull, which I kind of think we had a little bit today.”

After averaging 10.5 runs through the first nine games of the season, Longmont (9-2) has scored just three runs in the past two games, a stretch that includes a dramatic 2-1 win against Silver Creek on Saturday.

The Trojans’ bats fell even more silent against Standley Lake’s Sherry. The junior left-hander allowed only two hits and one walk in six innings, recording nine strikeouts while facing only two batters over the minimum. Sherry improved to 3-0 and has allowed only two earned runs in 26 innings this season.

“He was just really hitting his spots and hitting that outside corner,” Longmont junior Josh Crist said. “We unfortunately really couldn’t get ahold of him like we usually do. I don’t think we’ll have any trouble getting back to where we were. Unfortunately today just wasn’t our day, but I’m confident we can bounce right back.”

Longmont’s struggles at the plate were magnified by a tough day on the mound for four Trojans pitchers.

Standley Lake (4-4) entered the contest having scored only four runs during a four-game losing streak, albeit against some stiff competition, and yet those struggles seemed like ancient history against Longmont starter Patrick Martien. The senior was touched for six hits and six runs through two innings before giving way to Crist, who allowed five hits and three runs in 21/3 innings.

Longmont finally foiled the shutout in the bottom of the seventh against reliever Levi Fonseca. The Trojans strung together three consecutive singles, two of which were infield hits, before designated hitter Kyler Leroux recorded an RBI groundout.

“We’ve run into some pretty good pitchers,” Standley Lake coach Gary Allen said. “We’re playing well now and this is a good win. I always love coming out here because Tom’s teams are always quality teams. They’re well coached. The difference was our pitcher today, because they can swing it.”

Longmont resumes Northern League play with a home-and-home set that begins Thursday at Centaurus and concludes Saturday at home.

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Standley Lake 9, Longmont 1

At Longmont H.S.

Standley Lake (4-4) 150 030 0 — 9 14 0

Longmont (9-2) 000 000 1 — 1 5 1

W — Sherry (3-0). L — Martien (2-1)

Standley Lake (ab-r-h-rbi) — Morley 4-2-3-2, Calcagno 3-1-0-0, Wyss 5-0-2-2, Seiwald 4-0-1-1, DJ Williams 4-0-2-0, C. Williams 0-1-0-0, Sherry 3-1-2-0, Maher 0-1-0-0, Spiva 4-1-1-2, Fonseca 3-1-1-0, Fujinami 4-1-2-1. Totals 34-9-14-8. 2B — Morley, Seiwald, Sherry. SB — Calcagno.

Longmont (ab-r-h-rbi) — Yee 3-0-0-0, Magee 3-0-0-0, Crist 3-0-1-0, Mau 3-1-1-0, Bladt 3-0-1-0, Moroyoqui 3-0-1-0, Leroux 3-0-0-1, Amen 3-0-1-0, Martien 1-0-0-0. Totals 25-1-5-1. 2B — Mau.

Standley Lake (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Sherry 6-2-0-0-1-9, Fonseca 1-3-1-1-0-0.

Longmont (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Martien 2-6-6-6-1-2, Crist 2.1-5-3-3-0-2, Bladt 1.2-2-0-0-1-2, Amen 1-1-0-0-0-0.

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