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Philleppe Guegan, facing, is greeted by ecstatic team mates as he made the winning run in the bottom of the 7th.  

Photo by: Jonathan Castner
Jonathan Castner
Philleppe Guegan, facing, is greeted by ecstatic team mates as he made the winning run in the bottom of the 7th. Photo by: Jonathan Castner

BOULDER — Ruben Garcia was in the enviable, childhood-dreamlike situation every hitter relishes.

Tie game. Bases juiced. Bottom of the seventh.

Moments later, the Boulder shortstop was the hero, but it wasn’t because of a grand slam or ball bashed to the gap. Garcia delivered a perfect squeeze to score hard-charging Philippe Guegan from third, giving Boulder a 6-5 win in the opening game of a Sunday-night doubleheader against Fairview at Scott Carpenter Park.

“It was great,” Garcia said. “I saw coach give me something, and I couldn’t quite see what it was, so I called time. And then I said, ‘OK, he gave me a squeeze. Got to get it down.'”

Fairview came back to win the nightcap 3-2 behind a complete game from Jeremy Katz, salvaging a win in a three-game series between the crosstown rivals that also included an 8-1 win by Boulder on Saturday.

Garcia, who also homered in the second game, was thankful he got a fastball from Fairview reliever Ryan Madden, and he placed it perfectly on the first-base side and the Knights had no play on Guegan at home.

It capped a two-run rally for Boulder, which entered the seventh down 5-4. First, Luke Bukowski drew a bases-loaded walk with one out to tie it 5-5, and Garcia followed with the deciding bunt.

“It was actually Jack Clarke’s idea to go for it there,” said Boulder coach Steve Disbrow, referring to his assistant. “He asked me what I thought, and I said I thought it was a good call.”

It certainly was.

Fairview, coming off an appearance in the Boulder National Invitational Tournament championship game last week, took a 5-4 lead in the fifth when Kyle Hernden tripled over the head of speedy center fielder Dylan Platt to score Jeremy Katz. Katz had tied it with an RBI single earlier in the inning.

Fairview starter Will Stoorman gave way to Madden in the sixth after yielding four runs in five innings. But Boulder (28-16 overall, 8-1 Legion A league play) rallied against Madden, a sophomore-to-be largely considered the Knights’ ace.

“He did that to us in the spring; he came in and shut us down for the last couple innings,” Disbrow said. “So it was good to rally against him. The guys are tough. No matter what the situation, whether we need to close the door or scratch out a run, our guys are there to compete.”

Terrin Marcotte earned the win with 21/3 innings of scoreless relief behind starter Cisco Medina.

In the second game, Fairview (5-3 in league) kept its one-run advantage in the seventh. Nate Bukowski singled, stole and moved to third on a wild pitch, but Katz prevented Garcia’s bid at repeating his hero status by striking him out on a borderline 3-2 pitch.

“I just stayed with my game plan and pounded the zone,” said Katz, who struck out nine. “My curveball and slider were working really well. … The last one was a little low and inside, but I thought it was a strike. It was definitely a strike.”

Fairview got a two-run single from Tim Ryan in the third and took the 3-2 lead on an RBI single by leadoff man Walker Harris in the fourth. A 3-for-3 effort by Madden and a highlight-reel relay to nail a runner at third in the sixth inning helped fuel a win that eased the sting of the opener.

“I think it’s always tough to lose — especially to Boulder,” Fairview coach Rick Harig said. “But we had enough frustration and determination that it was probably better we turned around and played right away.”

Boulder 6-2, Fairview 5-3

At Scott Carpenter Park

Game 1

Score by innings:

Fairview 020 120 0 — 5 8 0

Boulder 112 000 2 — 6 8 0

W — T. Marcotte. L — Madden.

Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Harris 3-0-0-0, Frazier 4-0-0-0, Ryan 4-1-1-0, D’Epagnier 3-1-0-0, Madden 4-1-2-0, Katz 3-2-2-1, Hernden 2-0-1-1, Feauto 3-0-1-2, Casey 3-0-1-1. Totals 29-5-8-5. 2B — Casey. 3B Hernden. SB — Katz 2, D’Epagnier.

Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Platt 3-2-1-1, N. Bukowski 2-0-2-1, P. Guegan 3-1-1-1, Feigal 4-0-2-0, L. Bukowski 2-0-0-1, Garcia 3-0-0-1, Chandler 3-1-1-1, Lonzano 3-0-0-0, N. Marcotte 2-0-1-0, L. Guegan 0-2-0-0. Totals 25-6-8-6. 2B — N. Marcotte. 3B — Platt. HR — Chandler (solo in 2nd).

Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) — Stoorman 5-5-4-4-2-3, Madden 1.1-1-2-2-3-2.

Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) — Medina 4.2-7-5-5-4-2, T. Marcotte 2.1-1-0-0-0-3.

Game 2

Score by innings:

Fairview 02 100 0 — 3 8 1

Boulder 020 000 0 — 2 8 0

W — Katz. L — Flores.

Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Harris 3-0-1-1, Frazier 4-0-0-0, Ryan 3-0-1-2, D’Epagnier 3-0-0-0, Madden 3-1-3-0, Hernden 2-0-1-0, Thoning 2-0-1-0, Feauto 1-1-0-0, Casey 3-1-1-0. Totals 24-3-8-3.

Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Platt 3-0-0-0, L. Guegan 3-0-0-0, P. Guegan 3-0-0-0, Feigal 3-0-2-0, N. Bukowski 3-1-2-0, Chandler 3-0-0-0, Garcia 3-1-1-2, Baumgartner 2-0-1-0, N. Marcotte 2-0-0-0. Totals 25-2-8-2. 2B — L. Guegan, Feigal. HR — Garcia (one on in 2nd). SB — Feigal, N. Bukowski.

Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) — Katz 7-8-2-2-0-9.

Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) — Flores 6-8-3-3-3-8, Garcia 1-0-0-0-0-1.

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