LONGMONT — As a pitcher, you do your best to limit the opposition’s scoring chances so that you may keep your team in the game and make life easier for your lineup.
Of course, accomplishing that becomes a little bit easier when you can get a few hits and help your own cause.
That’s exactly what Longmont Christian junior James Dick did Friday evening at Sandstone Park, pitching all seven innings and allowing just two hits and one run as the Warriors defeated the Liberty Common Eagles 8-1. Dick added two hits at the plate along with four runs batted in to help ensure that his outing would be a successful one.
“I’ve had some rough starts this year, so it’s nice to come out and pitch well,” Dick said. “It feels good.”
Dick came through with a pair of singles in the first and third innings and then punched a sacrifice fly to deep center field in the fifth to make the score 7-0. At that point the Warriors (4-11) were in cruise control, but junior Trevor Dahl added a triple to right field and scored to cap off the offense for Longmont Christian.
“Grant (Cowan), Michael (Charles) and James get on base a lot, so I always have a lot of opportunities to drive guys in,” said Dahl, who had two RBIs earlier in the game. “It helps knowing that those guys are going to do their job, and that makes it easier for me to do mine.”
Friday’s win was a glimmer of optimism in what has otherwise been a tough season for Longmont Christian. The wind that was swirling through the park turned many potential line drives and home runs into easy pop-ups, so to prevail the Warriors had to play sound fundamental baseball. According to head coach Bill Cowan, they did just that.
“We played very well defensively and of course it was a nice performance by James,” Cowan said. “We hit the ball when we had to and it was a nice win.”
Cowan noted that it’s not uncommon for Longmont Christian’s pitchers to go deep into games, even if it has a big lead or if the pitcher gets roughed up.
“Our pitching staff is spread pretty thin this year, so our guys know that they’re often in it for the long haul,” Cowan said. “I think for the most part they handle it pretty well under the circumstances.”
Longmont Christian 8, Liberty Common 1
At Sandstone Park
Longmont Christian (4-11, 1-7) 000 000 0 — 0 0 0
Liberty Common (1-5) 000 000 0 — 0 0 0
W — Dick (2-4). L — Wessel.
Longmont Christian hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Cowan 4-2-2-0, Charles 4-2-1-0, Dick 4-2-2-4, Dahl 4-2-3-2, Jauregui 4-0-2-2, Liske 4-0-1-0, Bolyard 3-0-2-0, West 3-0-0-0, Wehrli 3-0-0-0. Totals 33-8-13-8. 3B — Daho. SB — Cowan 3, Charles 2, Daho 2, Jauregui, Bolyard, Wehrli.
Liberty Common hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Mullany 3-1-1-0, Wessel 3-0-0-1, Turner 3-0-0-0, Baptista 3-0-0-0, Wilson 2-0-0-0, Harris 1-0-0-0, Elder 3-0-0-0, Werst 3-0-0-0, Cochran 3-0-1-0, Sekarec 1-0-0-0, Rencher 2-0-0-0. Totals 27-1-2-1. SB — Baptista 2, Mullany 2.
Longmont Christian pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) — Dick 7-2-1-1-3-11.
Liberty Common pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) — Wessel 3-9-5-5-3-0, Turner 3-4-3-3-1-3.