BROOMFIELD — When it comes to Class 5A’s top 10, the Legacy baseball team had been on the outside looking in most of the season. But Thursday the Lightning reiterated that they belong among the best in the state.
The Lightning, ranked 10th in the Denver Post coaches poll, continued to churn out the offense, this time battering conference foe Fairview for their third mercy-rule decision of the season. Legacy downed its Front Range League foe 11-1 in six innings, with most of the fireworks coming late.
The Lightning scored seven runs in the final two innings, with Daylan Farrell’s RBI single in the sixth wrapping up the win.
“We felt pretty good,” Legacy coach Ty Giordano said. “But we had some earlier games wake us up this month.
Legacy’s striking (13-3, 6-2) late against Fairview (7-8, 3-5) not only held true for the game, but also the team’s lineup.
The bottom half of the Lightning’s lineup was wicked, with a majority of the team’s offense coming from its final five batters. The lower half of the lineup accounted for 10 of the team’s 13 hits and scored seven of its runs.
The bottom of the lineup also was the catalyst to Legacy getting an early leg up on the scoreboard. The Lightning jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first, fueled in part by the RBI singles from the team’s No. 6 and 7 hitters — Jake Long and Daniel Lee.
Long went 3 for 4 on the afternoon and Lee 3 for 3.
“Even when we get through the cleanup man we still have a lot of guys who can hit really well,” Lee said. “One through nine we have a strong lineup.”
Fairview had an opportunity to bat itself back into the game in the third.
The Knights loaded the bases off a double by Tim Ryan and two walks, and then turned the crank when Cameron Frazier hit a deep single to right field. But only Ryan made it across home, with some miscommunication from the Fairview base runners putting the team in a pickle.
Cannon Casey was tagged on the third-base line when he and Johnny Feauto both ended up trying to occupy third base simultaneously.
“We had some base running errors,” Ryan said. “But we were trying to be aggressive that inning.”
Even with the missteps, Rick Harig was not disappointed with how his team responded.
“It was a game going into the fifth, then they blew it up,” the Fairview coach said. “We’re young, so we’re just going to keep coming out and seeing what happens.”
Legacy put the finishing touches on the game in the fifth, scoring half its runs in the inning with two outs. While most of the team’s runs scored off small ball and heady base running, the team did not have to rely on either when Dylan Bollig stepped up to bat.
The second baseman knocked a triple, scoring two runs and setting up Legacy to finish the game the next inning.
All in all, Giordano could not have asked for more, especially with the Lightning heading into a test in its next outing.
“We’ve got a big game Saturday, we’re excited to host Rocky (Mountain),” the coach said. “We’re thrilled about the opportunity.”
Legacy 11, Fairview 1
At Legacy H.S.
Fairview (7-8, 3-5) 001 000 x — 1 5 2
Legacy (13-3, 6-2) 400 061 x — 11 13 0
W — Gilbreath (3-2). L — Stoorman.
Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Frazier 3-0-2-1, R. Madden 3-0-0-0, J. Madden 3-0-0-0, Desantis 3-0-1-0, Hill 3-0-1-0, Blair 2-0-0-0, Ryan 2-0-1-0, Casey 1-0-0-0, Feauto 1-0-0-0, etc. Totals 21-1-5-1. 2B — Ryan. 3B — None. HR — None. SB — None.
Legacy hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Clapper 3-2-1-0, Bollig 3-0-1-2, Overboe 2-0-1-0, Wessel 0-2-0-0, Bublitz 4-0-0-0, Wells 2-2-2-1, Collison 1-0-0-0, Long 4-3-3-1, Lee 3-0-3-2, Farrell 3-1-1-1, Wilson 3-1-1-1. Totals 27-11-13-8. 2B — None. 3B — Bollig. HR — None. SB — Clapper 2, Wessel, Farrell, Wilson.
Legacy pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Gilbreath 6-5-1-1-3-8.
Team pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Stoorman 4 1/3-9-7-5-1-2; R. Madden 1 2/3-4-4-4-3-2.