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The Longmont Twins' Reilly Mau slides in safely under the tag attempt by Centaurus/Monarch's Ryan Norton during pool play of the Boulder National Invitational Tournament on Thursday.
The Longmont Twins’ Reilly Mau slides in safely under the tag attempt by Centaurus/Monarch’s Ryan Norton during pool play of the Boulder National Invitational Tournament on Thursday.

LAFAYETTE — Whoever coined the old sports adage, the one about never looking ahead to the next game, clearly wasn’t talking about a baseball tournament.

With as many as six games in four days — and a loss essentially meaning doom — in the Boulder National Invitational Tournament, the Longmont Twins don’t have the luxury of taking ’em one game at a time.

The Twins have to be prudent with their pitching if they are going to survive, and if that means removing an ace pitcher with a narrow lead in hopes of saving him for later, so be it.

Things fell marvelously into place for coach Colt Sedbrook’s squad Thursday at Izzy Salazar Field, as Longmont was able to escape with two pool-play wins while conserving some quality arms for later in the tournament.

“That was our plan going into it,” Sedbrook said. “We met Tuesday and we knew we would do this if we had the opportunity.”

One situation was a bit stressful, the other not so much. Longmont (16-16) began by nipping host Centaurus/Monarch 5-3, in which ace Reilly Mau threw four innings and Patrick Martien tiptoed through a few scary moments for a three-inning save.

In game two, Longmont took on the Colorado Twins, a Connie Mack squad also featuring players from the Longmont area. The Longmont Twins, composed of many graduated players and upperclassmen, walloped their understudies 13-0.

That allowed Sedbrook to pull starter Greg Reynolds after two innings while Joey Stauss pitched the final two (the tournament has a 10-after-four mercy rule).

“They’re coming up and they’re going to be where we are now in the next year or two,” Mau said of the Colorado Twins. “They need to know that the competition is pretty tough in these leagues. Even though they are a part of our organization, we still have to show them what’s up.”

In the opener, Mau surrendered only three hits and struck out six, but one of the hits was a homer off the scoreboard by Centaurus/Monarch’s Brody Jaskul that cut it to 3-2 in the third. The blast came a pitch after Jeff Manders walked on what Mau believed was only ball 3.

“I kind of got a little flustered with a couple different situations that happened,” Mau said. “But for the most part, I think I threw a lot of strikes and got the job done.”

Said Sedbrook: “The one thing about playing high school baseball is that there’s going to be distractions. Sometimes a guy will miss a call or be in the wrong position to make a call, and we have to have the understanding of just letting it go. … It’s part of the game of baseball. Players make mistakes, umpires make mistakes and coaches definitely make mistakes.”

Mau, named the Times-Call player of the year last month after his senior season at Longmont, also went 3-for-3 at the plate in the opener with an RBI and two stolen bases. Teagan Kramer, a 2011 Silver Creek graduate, added a two-run homer.

For Centaurus, it was another nail-biting loss. The Warriors also hung tough in Wednesday’s 3-2 opening loss against Team Colorado-Eaton (coached by Steve Eaton and featuring several south-metro area players).

“We just keep telling our guys compete, compete, compete and keep yourself in the ballgame,” Centaurus/Monarch coach Aaron Allen said. “We played (the Longmont Twins) early in the season, and we only got two innings in because of a rainout, but they were up 7-0 on us. We’re turning it around.”

“These last two teams we’ve played are really good,” said Jaskul, whose homer was his second of the summer. “Coming back and fighting with them the whole time is really big for our team.”

Team Colorado-Eaton blasted the youthful Colorado Twins 13-1 in the final game of the day, setting up a showdown with the Longmont Twins (2 p.m., Friday, Fairview HS). The winner will win Pool D and advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals.

The Colorado Twins discovered the cost of mistakes early in their opener against the Longmont Twins. Longmont’s first five batters reached — none via hit (two errors, two walks and a hit-by-pitch).

Then Julian Moroyoqui and Dylan Pollock sandwiched two-run singles around the first of two RBI doubles in the contest by Colby Grinde. Longmont was rolling, which allowed Sedbrook to remove Reynolds after two.

“We had him on a pitch count, under 50 pitches, and he got to 40,” Sedbrook said. “When you can save arms in a tournament like this, it really helps out when you get to those late-Saturday, early-Sunday games.”

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At Centaurus H.S.

Longmont Twins 120 020 0 — 5 9 1

Centaurus/Monarch 002 010 0 — 3 6 2

W — Mau. L — Blazon. S — Martien.

Longmont Twins (ab-r-h-rbi) — Kramer 3-2-1-2, Reynolds 4-0-0-0, Balman 4-0-1-0, Mau 3-1-3-1, Stauss 4-0-1-0, Moroyoqui 3-0-0-0, Grinde 3-0-0-0, Reigle 2-1-1-0, Martien 1-1-0-0, Pollock 3-0-2-0. Totals 29-5-9-3. 2B — Balman. HR — Kramer (one on in 2nd). SB — Mau 2, Reigle.

Team hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Wright 4-1-1-0, Manders 3-1-1-0, Jaskul 4-1-2-2, Ensign 2-0-0-0, Neitenbach 3-0-0-0, Norton 3-0-2-0, Matoski 1-0-0-0, DeVito 2-0-0-0, Blazon 2-0-0-0. Totals 24-3-6-2. HR — Jaskul (one on in third).

Longmont Twins (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Mau 4-3-2-2-4-6, Martien 3-3-1-0-0-0.

Team pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Blazon 7-9-5-3-2-5.




At Centaurus H.S.

Colorado Twins 000 0 — 0 4 3

Longmont Twins 751 X — 13 5 0

W — Reynolds. L — Nelson.

Colorado Twins (ab-r-h-rbi) — Fleming 2-0-0-0, Platt 2-0-1-0, Kinnison 2-0-1-0, Sarosi 2-0-1-0, Hawthorne 2-0-0-0, Kirkpatrick 2-0-0-0, Meek 2-0-0-0, Stoops 1-0-0-0, Grine 1-0-0-0. Totals 0-0-0-0. 2B — Kinnison.

Longmont Twins (ab-r-h-rbi) — Kramer 2-1-0-0, Reynolds 3-1-1-1, Balman 1-0-0-0, Martien 0-1-0-0, Mau 1-2-0-0, Stauss 1-2-0-1, Moroyoqui 1-3-1-2, Grinde 2-2-2-3, Moore 2-1-0-1, Pollock 1-0-1-3. Totals 14-13-5-11. 2B — Grinde 2, Pollock. SB — Kramer, Reynolds, Mau, Moroyoqui.

Colorado Twins (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Nelson 1.1-3-9-4-4-1, Meek 1.2-2-4-3-5-1.

Longmont Twins (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Reynolds 2-2-0-0-0-4, Stauss 2-2-0-0-0-1.




At Centaurus H.S.

Team Colorado – Eaton 507 1 — 13 8 2

Colorado Twins 010 0 — 1 4 2

W — Baeckel. L — Sarosi.

Colorado Twins hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Platt 3-0-0-0, Caruso 2-0-0-0, Kinnison 2-0-1-0, Sarosi 2-0-1-0, Apodaca 2-0-1-0, Meek 2-1-0-0, Morris 1-0-0-0, Katechis 2-0-1-0, Kopplinger 2-0-1-1. Totals 18-1-4-1. 2B — Katechis.