LAFAYETTE — Something weird was in the wind during the Legion A baseball game that saw the Centaurus Warriors lose 7-4 to the Mountain Range Rangers.
The game, played at Centaurus High School, was delayed for nearly 20 minutes in the sixth, while the umpires debated and reversed a double play call that gave the Warriors offense another chance in the inning. The controversial decision involved a ball that was hit near the second baseman Jeff Manders’ feet which was originally called fair and resulted in the double play. The call was cause for a heated debate among the fans in attendance and the Rangers head coach Jeremy Lustik was ejected for arguing the call. The Warriors made good on their second chance and added two runs to avert what was becoming a blowout.
But the additional offense was not enough as the Centaurus pitchers struggled to find their command the entire game, giving up 12 hits in the process.
Warriors reliever Nick Inslee looked uncomfortable on the mound, committing back to back balks in the fifth.
“At first I had a little trouble hitting spots,” Inslee said. “I couldn’t really find the zone after the two balks. I just had trouble focusing.”
The fielders behind Inslee and the other pitchers weren’t much better, committing five errors. While there wasn’t much to be happy about on defense, the Warriors fared better at the plate, racking up 13 hits. Unfortunately, most of them did not occur when runners were in scoring position.
Manders had two hits and one RBI for the Warriors.
“We were hitting hard balls early in the game, they were just right at people,” Manders said. “We were playing pretty some good ball in the second half, we’ll just try to take that into the next game.”
Even though Centaurus struggled and ultimately came up short, head coach Aaron Allen had an optimistic outlook. He saw the game as a good learning experience for his young players.
“We only had seven Legion A players today, out of fifteen,” Allen said.
The members from the Warrior’s B squad showed enough to Allen to earn the chance to play in the next Legion A game as well.
“Having those guys come up, it put a little spark in our step,” he said. “They showed some good baseball out there, some savvy.”
As for the questionable reversal from the umpires, Allen felt his team made the best out of a hectic atmosphere.
“When you get in the heat of the game, and umpires start screwing around with it, or things start going haywire, that’s when you really got to settle in and play your baseball,” he said. “Coming out and winning the second half of that ballgame, with the festivities that were going on, that’s a plus in our book.”
The next game for the Warriors is against the Longmont Twins on Thursday at Skyline High School.
MR Rangers 7, Centaurus Warriors 4
At Centaurus H.S.
MR Rangers 201 030 1 — 7 12 1
Centaurus Warriors 000 012 1 — 4 13 5
W — Plunkett. L — Egan.
Mountain Range hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Wamsley 3-1-1-0, Walker 4-0-3-1, Draper 5-0-1-0, Muestas 2-2-1-0, McKinney 3-1-2-0, Newton 3-1-2-3, Griffith 1-1-0-0, Saluzar 3-0-0-1, Caulkins 1-1-1-0, Ross 2-0-1-0. Totals 0-0-0-0. 2B — Draper, Newton. SB — Ross.
Centaurus hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Shald 2-0-1-1, Blazon 4-0-2-0, Jaskal 2-0-0-1, Stockebrand 3-0-0-0, Ensign 4-2-3-0, Williams 4-1-2-0, Ringham 3-0-1-1, Manders 3-0-2-1. Totals 0-0-0-0. 2B — Williams, Manders.
Mountain Range pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Plunkett 6.2-13-4-4-2-2, Letner 0.1-0-0-0-0-0.
Centaurus pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Egan 3.2-7-3-3-4-4, Inslee 1-2-3-1-1-0, Ringham 2.1-3-1-1-1-1.