DENVER — As is fitting for a venue such as Coors Field, the Holy Family baseball team has had some of its highest-flying finishes at the major league park.
Typically the Class 3A team has relied on a walk-off something to win at Coors, but Friday the sixth-ranked team decidedly broke from tradition. With the Tigers’ offense red hot in its first game back from spring break, the team delivered its most convincing win to date on the field.
Holy Family walked out of Denver with a 10-2 victory over eighth-ranked Centaurus (4A), battering the Warriors with 10 hits — four for extra bases.
“It was great,” Holy Family designated hitter Zach Trombley said. “We tried not to take in the extraordinary setting, we just tried to do our thing.”
Holy Family (3-1, 0-1) put Centaurus (6-3, 4-2) away in the third and fourth, collecting all its runs in the two-inning stretch. And Trombley was right at the center of all the action.
The four-hole hitter finished the afternoon leading his team, batting 2-of-3 and coming up with some of the Tigers’ biggest knocks of the game. His weightiest appearance came in Holy Family’s eight-run third, when he broke open the scoring with a two-run triple.
“I was very pleased,” Trombley said. “I didn’t realize I was going to do this. I was just trying to get base hits, not try and hit it out.”
The only at-bat to outdo Trombley’s came immediately after the junior’s fence-line double in the fourth. Jay Elliott’s only hit of the afternoon went sailing over Centaurus’ center fielder’s head, allowing the senior to leg-out a two-run, inside-the-park home run.
Impressed as Marc Cowell was with his team’s offense, the coach gave plenty of credit to his pitching. Adrian Do tamed one of 4A’s hottest lineups in his five innings of work. While the right-hander surrendered two runs in his final inning, entering the fifth he had kept the Warriors scoreless only giving up three hits.
“He did a good job of sticking around the zone,” Cowell said. “What we’ve struggled with early in the season was falling behind in the count. But today Do and Trombley (who closed) did a good job jumping up on batters.”
The Warriors were in a tough spot entering the non-conference game with it squeezed in between the team’s series with Thompson Valley. Centaurus beat its Northern League foes Thursday and face them again Saturday.
Centaurus came back to life in the fifth, with the top of its lineup turning the crank for the first time in the game. Matt Wright got his team on the board with a sacrifice fly to center field. Then Tristen Archuleta sent the Warriors’ second run home on his second hit of the game — a single to right field.
“We threw some guys in off the bench to see if they could get something sparked and they did,” Centaurus coach Aaron Allen said. “But after that it was just the same old, same old.”
It was a difficult outing for the Warriors, who have gotten out of more than one tight spot this season with explosive offense.
“It was a hard one to muster, watching them struggle at the plate,” Allen said.
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Holy Family 10, Centaurus 2
At Coors Field
Centaurus (6-3, 4-2) 000 020 0 — 2 6 1
Holy Family (3-1, 0-1) 008 200 0 — 10 10 2
W — Do (1-0). L — Byrn (0-1)
Centaurus hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Wright 3-0-0-1, Archuleta 4-0-2-1, Shald2-0-1-0, Jashul 3-0-1-0, Matosky 3-0-0-0, Miles 3-0-0-0, Egan 1-0-0-0, Neitenbach 2-1-0-0, DeVito 1-0-0-0, Angevine 2-0-1-0, Martinelli 3-1-1-0. Totals 27-2-6-2. SB — Archuleta, Jashul, Egan, Martinelli.
Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Tinnon 2-0-1-2, Mratinez 1-0-0-0, Erb 3-1-1-1, Phillips 1-0-0-0, Grandberg 3-1-0-1, Trombley 3-2-2-2, Elliott 4-2-2-3, Dedin 3-1-1-1, McManus 3-1-1-0, Brown 2-1-2-1, Kreutzer 0-0-0-0, Stanley 1-1-0-0, Johnson 1-0-0-0. Totals 25-10-10-11. 2B — Dedin, Trombley. 3B — Trombley. HR — Elliot (two run, inside the park in 4th). SB — Stanley.
Centaurus pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Byrne 2.1-6-5-5-0-3; Rowsam 4.2-5-5-4-2-5.
Holy Family pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Do 5-5-2-1-2-1; Trombley 2-1-0-0-0-1.