BOULDER — Fairview baseball coach Rick Harig walked off Bauldie Moschetti Field wondering what would have hurt worse: simply getting blown out or losing the way his Knights did Thursday.
After falling behind 13-2 early, FHS spent the rest of the game chipping away at the deficit. But the rally came up just short in a 15-14 loss to Greeley West.
Jack Madden’s second home run of the game pulled the Knights to within a run in the bottom of the seventh inning with no outs. But the Knights’ comeback ended four batters later when pinch runner Kyle Herndan was caught stealing for the final out of the game.
“I felt like we had it obviously,” Madden said of his thoughts after his second solo homer. “I always think we do. We just didn’t get it done.”
Fairview fell to 6-6 overall and 2-3 in Front Range League play, with a duel against cross-town rival Boulder on deck Saturday. Greeley West (9-4, 5-0) kept pace with Poudre, meanwhile, as the only undefeated teams left in conference play.
While the Knights showed plenty of resilience, allowing six unearned runs over the first two innings proved too much to overcome against a league leader.
Fairview committed three errors in the first and another in the second as the Spartans plated 11 runs in all in the first two frames. Two more Greeley West runs in the third made it 13-2 before the Knights started showing life with six runs of their own — five of which came with two outs — in the bottom half of the inning.
Down 15-8, Fairview scored five more runs in the fourth inning, sparked by a three-run homer by Clay Jeanette, to cut the deficit to 15-13.
That’s when relief pitchers Taylor Juarez and Ryan Madden changed the pace of the game.
Juarez (4-1) pitched the final 32/3 innings for Greeley West, allowing only Jack Madden’s seventh inning homer.
“We just find ways to win,” Juarez said of Greeley West, a former 4A power in its second season at the 5A level.
Ryan Madden, no relation to Jack, turned in the best outing of any of the day’s seven pitchers, holding the Spartans scoreless over the final three innings while allowing just one hit.
“He’s been great for us all year,” Jack Madden said of the freshman pitcher. “He’s been showing a lot of the other guys how to just go out there and compete.”
The two teams combined for 26 hits in the game.
Austin Miller led West with a two-hit, two-run, two-RBI day. Jack Madden had three hits and three RBIs for Fairview, while Ryan Madden went 3 for 4 with two runs to add to his pitching performance.
“You’ve got to give Greeley credit for all their two-strike hits,” Harig said. “They were pesky.”
Greeley West 15, Fairview 14
At Bauldie Moschetti Field
Greeley West 562 200 0 — 15 12 1
Fairview 206 500 1 — 14 14 5
W — Juarez (4-1). L — Killian (3-3).
Greeley West hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Dowgin 4-2-0-0, Stoffel 3-3-1-1, Miller 4-2-2-2, Buchanan 5-2-2-1, Hood 5-2-1-2, Juarez 4-2-1-4, Wolach 4-1-2-1, Denovellis 3-1-2-1, Retmer 0-0-0-0, Bruning 4-0-1-1, Marion 0-0-0-0, Montgomery 0-0-0-0. Totals 36-15-12-13. 2B — Miller, Wolach, Denovellis. 3B — Stoffel, Hood. SB — Dowgin, Buchanan, Bruning.
Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Frazier 3-2-1-1, Katz 4-1-2-2, DeSantis 4-0-1-1, J. Madden 5-2-3-3, Hill 3-1-0-0, Herndan 0-0-0-0, Blair 3-2-1-0, Jeanette 4-2-1-3, R. Madden 4-2-3-1, Casey 2-0-1-1, Malkin 1-1-1-0, Olsen 0-1-0-0, Stoorman 0-0-0-0, Killian 0-0-0-0. Totals 33-14-14-12. 2B — Katz, R. Madden. HR — J. Madden 2 (Solo in 3rd; solo in 7th), Jeanette (2 on in 4th). SB — Blair.
Greeley West pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) — Buchanan 3-10-8-7-1-8, Montgomery 1/3-3-5-5-2-0, Juarez 32/3-1-1-1-3-2. HB — Juarez 2, Buchanan.
Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) — Killian 1-3-7-2-1-1, Katz 2-6-6-5-0-2, J. Madden 1-2-2-2-1-0, R. Madden 3-1-0-0-0-2. HB — Killian 2, Katz.