LONGMONT — Something had to give Saturday.
Skyline and Frederick came into their matchup on a pair of month-long losing streaks, so one team was going to finally get to celebrate.
Thanks to Brandon Moore, the Falcons went home happy. The senior pitched a complete-game gem, scattering six hits and not walking a batter to lead Skyline to a 6-1 win, its first in the Tri-Valley this year.
Afterward, Moore said he’s had better days on the mound.
“I wouldn’t call it my best game, but it was a good game,” he said.
The Warriors might disagree after mounting just one serious rally against him. Moore struck out five and faced trouble in just two innings, and he kept the Frederick hitters off balance all afternoon.
“He didn’t throw anything special. He throws a decently hard fastball, he’s got a good curveball, which is something we’ve struggled with all year,” said Frederick’s Darren McCullough, who managed a single against Moore. “He hit the corners and painted outside where we have problems reaching out and getting it. He did a good job.”
It was a needed performance for a team that had lost nine straight. Skyline (3-11, 1-8) hadn’t won since beating Niwot on March 20, a streak that started to wear on the players’ psyche.
“You get into a rough patch like that and you start to doubt whether you’re capable of doing it,” Skyline coach Mike Hoog said. “Baseball’s one of those games if you have any doubts it’s hard to be successful. Hopefully they remember they’re capable of stringing together hits.”
They did against Nathan Harrison, especially in the fifth inning. Leading 3-1, the Falcons started the inning with five straight hits to make it 6-1. They could have had more, but poor base running squelched the rally.
The Falcons’ base running was their only negative all day, though.
“I think five out of our 18 outs were on the bases today,” Hoog said. “You can’t do that but we got away with it because Brandon threw a great game.”
The Warriors (5-9, 1-8) are now on an eight-game skid after starting the season 5-1. Saturday was a positive step, coach Ted Clapp said, but there’s work to be done.
“Our hitting has slumped and that’s what we’ve got to turn around,” he said.
Now Frederick is looking for a win to end its streak.
It’s disappointing. We started off 4-0, 5-1 and we thought we were going to have a big year and we’ve lost our last eight,” McCullough said. “With them in a slump we thought we’d come in here and get a win.”
Skyline 6, Frederick 1
At Skyline H.S.
Frederick (5-9, 1-8) 000 100 0 — 1 6 0
Skyline (3-11, 1-8) 012 030 x — 6 12 1
W — Brandon Moore (2-3). L — Nathan Harrison (0-5).
Frederick hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Michael Broz 3-0-1-0, Brady Dill 3-0-0-0, Jaron Balman 3-1-2-0, Shawn Briggs 3-0-1-0, Darren McCullough 3-0-1-1, Eric Worley 3-0-0-0, Nathan Harrison 2-0-1-0, Trystin Montano 2-0-0-0, Cody Baker 1-0-0-0, Christian Martinez. Totals 24-1-6-1. 2B — McCullough.
Skyline (ab-r-h-rbi) — Garret Angstead 4-1-2-1, Brandon Moore 2-2-2-1, Adam Reigle 3-0-2-0, Derek Searls 3-0-2-2, Josh Baessler 2-0-1-0, Zach Gonzales 0-1-0-0, Michael Miller 3-0-0-0, Aaron Soriano 1-1-0-1, Adnrew Stoops 3-0-2-1, Tyler Hamby 3-1-1-0. Totals 24-6-12-6. 2B — Angstead, Moore, Stoops, Hamby. SB — Gonzales.
Frederick pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Harrison 4-10-6-6-2-3, Baessler 2-2-0-0-1-1.
Skyline pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Moore 7-6-1-1-0-5.