ARVADA — Ryan Madden didn’t envision himself as the Fairview ace in the spring. Heck, he was just happy to be on the varsity roster as a freshman.
But after a stint as the Knights’ most consistent mound presence during the varsity season, Madden is seeing just how far he can parlay this thing.
The right-hander gave a firm statement as to what all the fuss is about on Thursday night, when he delivered another poised, determined and effective outing in a 14-2 victory at Pomona in Legion A action.
Are we seeing a guy who could be the Knights ace for four straight seasons?
“I would like to do that,” said Madden who struck out eight and allowed only three hits in eight innings. “That’s what I’m working for right now. I work for that every day.”
Madden permitted only one hit in the first five innings — a solo home run to Pomona’s Danny Thistle in the second — and was in command throughout with a rapid, give-me-the-ball approach.
“He didn’t pitch like a freshman. The guy is pretty good,” Pomona skipper E.J. Mapps said. “He’s got a quirky delivery, obviously works real fast and doesn’t let the hitters dig in. He’s a great example of just getting up there on the mound, pumping it in there and letting the defense take care of the rest.”
The Knights’ vision of a bright future is rooted in their youth, most specifically Madden and sophomore infielder Cameron Frazier. On an evening when the Fairview bats were sizzling, Frazier’s was the most fiery.
The sophomore clubbed a three-run homer, an RBI double and finished a triple shy of the cycle in a 3-for-5, four-RBI performance.
“We have a lot of talent right now, but the games are up and down because we’re young,” Frazier said. “If we develop, we’ll be really good in two or three years.”
The Fairview coaching staff probably hopes the transition is a little quicker than that, especially after watching the Knights whack the ball around the yard Thursday. Jake Thoning added a 2-for-2, four-RBI outing and No. 8 hitter Tim Ryan went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
Knights coach Rick Harig was in Steamboat Springs, so assistant Sean Costello oversaw Fairview’s 11-hit performance. He jokingly hinted that reporters ask Frazier about his two outs rather than his three hits.
“This was one of the games where everything worked well and we didn’t really show our youth,” Frazier said. “When we start facing the older teams that make all the really good plays, that’s when our youth shows.”
Madden didn’t appear youthful one bit, although he was facing a Pomona (4-15) squad defined by that quality. But you can count on seeing plenty more of the budding ace throughout the summer.
“A lot of baseball this summer,” Madden said. “I think 60 games in less than that amount of days. Playing every day should be good.”
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Fairview 14, Pomona 2
At Pomona H.S.
Fairview (8-6) 004 024 4 — 14 11 0
Pomona (4-15) 010 001 0 — 2 3 4
W — Madden. L — Abts.
Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Harris 4-2-1-1, Herndon 4-3-2-0, Frazier 5-3-3-4, Katz 2-3-0-0, Thoning 2-0-2-4, Madden 2-2-1-1, Feauto 4-0-0-0, Ryan 4-1-2-2, Casey 2-0-0-0. Totals 29-14-11-12. 2B — Frazier, Madden. HR — Frazier (two on in sixth). SB — Harris, Herndon, Frazier, Madden.
Pomona hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Coisman 2-0-0-0, Baros 2-0-0-0, Collins 2-0-0-0, Powley 1-1-1-0, McClure 1-0-0-0, Wagoner 1-0-0-0, Thistle 2-1-1-1, Matthes 0-0-0-0, Benefiel 1-0-0-0, Pratt 1-0-1-1, Abts 2-0-0-0, Greer 1-0-0-0, Buckley 3-0-0-0, Vigil 1-0-0-0, Osiecki 2-0-0-0, Vogt 1-0-0-0, Sale 1-0-0-0. Totals 24-2-3-2. 2B — Pratt. HR — Thistle (solo in second).
Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Madden 6-3-2-2-3-8, Thoning 1-0-0-0-0-0.
Pomona pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Abts 4.1-5-6-3-4-5, Greer 2.2-6-8-6-5-0.