LOUISVILLE — With a no-hitter intact into the seventh inning Thursday, onlookers might have believed Monarch freshman Logan Soole was trying to channel his inner-Jered Weaver.
Unlike the Anaheim Angels pitcher who completed the feat Wednesday night, Soole wasn’t aware that he had yet to give up a hit.
That’s probably why the left-hander wasn’t very devastated when he surrendered a one-out single to Loveland’s Ryan Baca, and had to settle for a one-hit, 14-strikeout performance in the Coyotes’ 6-1 home win.
“I didn’t even know I had it going,” Soole said. “I was just trying to get strikes and outs.”
Perhaps because Loveland (6-13, 1-10 Front Range League) scored an unearned run in the second, Soole’s budding quest wasn’t as recognized. Loveland’s Jay Larson, who had walked, scored from second after a strikeout bounced in the dirt and the throw to first went into the outfield.
“I knew about it and I wasn’t saying anything,” Monarch coach Scott Weiss said. “The golden rule, of course, is you don’t tell the pitcher and you don’t talk about it. It’s unfortunate they got that hit, but he’s a freshman and I’m guessing he’s going to be in that situation again someday.”
Soole utilized a filthy over-the-top curveball that allowed him to accumulate five strikeouts through two innings and nine through four. The contest was in doubt until the seventh, when Monarch (14-5, 8-3) stretched a 3-1 lead to 6-1 on an RBI double by catcher Greg Przedpelski and a two-run single by Jeff Manders.
Well, maybe the outcome wasn’t in doubt the way Soole (3-1) was throwing, but the game was close at that point.
“I mean, he’s a good pitcher,” Przedpelski said. “He’s got talent. His fastball and his curveball are his main pitches, and as long as those work, he’s one of the best pitchers here.”
Facing Loveland 6-foot-6 junior pitcher Alec Hansen, Monarch took a 3-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly by Soole, a fielder’s choice RBI by Alex Blazon and an error.
Then it was the Logan Soole show.
“We just have to be ready for the playoffs and to get as many wins as we can,” Soole said.
In the first year of Weiss’ regime, the Coyotes finished the regular season with four straight wins and glitzy league and overall records, which should result in a decent seed when the Class 5A bracket is revealed on Monday.
“We’ve talked about that a lot of champions are the ones that get hot at the end of the season,” Weiss said.
Monarch 6, Loveland 1
At Monarch H.S.
Loveland (6-13, 1-10) 010 000 0 — 1 1 2
Monarch (14-5, 8-3) 300 003 X — 6 7 2
W — Soole (3-1). L — Hansen (1-5)
Loveland hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — McCloughan 2-0-0-0, Weinmaster 3-0-0-0, Walkowicz 3-0-0-0, Larson 2-1-0-0, Baca 3-0-1-0, Bakovich 3-0-0-0, Hecker 2-0-0-0, Hall 2-0-0-0, Schneider 2-0-0-0. Totals 22-1-1-0. SB — Larson, Hecker.
Monarch hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Przedpelski 4-2-3-1, Manders 3-2-2-2, Maltese 3-1-1-0, Soole 3-0-0-1, Norton 1-0-0-0, Carskie 1-0-0-0, Blazon 2-0-0-1, Clary 2-0-1-0, Witte 2-0-0-0, Stork 0-1-0-0, Wood 3-0-0-0. Totals 24-6-7-5. 2B — Przedpelski. SB — Maltese.
Loveland pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hansen 5-3-3-2-5-8, Weinmaster 0.1-4-3-3-1-0, McCloughan 0.2-0-0-0-0-0.
Monarch pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Soole 7-1-1-0-3-14.