BROOMFIELD — There was one point of unanimous agreement among Holy Family’s baseball players at the end of Thursday: Their doubleheader did not go the way the team drew it up.
Truth be told, the two game-sweep the third-ranked Tigers suffered at the hands of their most heated rivals went the exact opposite from anything the team had sketched out. Holy Family’s 7-0 opening loss to No. 2 Faith Christian and the 10-0 six-inning mercy-rule-shortened affair that followed was marred in every way.
The Tigers could not find ways to get outs, hits or avoid errors. It was enough to leave some of the team members shaking their heads in disbelief.
“We weren’t our best today, that is for certain,” Holy Family outfielder Conor Stanley said. “That was definitely shown in our performance.”
The falters were Holy Family’s second and third of its Metro League schedule and put a damper on the team’s hopes of capturing a conference title. To get back into the running the Tigers (7-3, 4-3) would need Faith Christian (12-1, 11-0) to take a few lumps down the road. At present, the Eagles are undefeated in League play.
Conference standing, however, was the least of Holy Family’s worries coming out of the doubleheader. And while there were plenty of facets of the Tigers’ game that raised concerns, it was the team’s propensity to muff plays in the field that was perhaps the most disconcerting aspect of the game.
Holy Family committed four errors in each outing and at key points.
“I thought I had the team prepared for this, but I obviously didn’t,” Holy Family coach Marc Cowell said. “I take full responsibility for the way we performed today.”
The games were only the Tigers’ third and fourth in almost two weeks due to the snowy weather. But Cowell was not quick to use choppy schedule as an excuse.
“Everyone else is dealing with the same thing,” he said. “Faith Christian obviously found a way to come out sharp out of that and we didn’t.”
Faith Christian’s hitting was a gem with the team finishing with seven extra-base hits and one home run in the series — a solo by Tyler Deven to open the day’s scoring. But it was the team’s pitching that truly sparkled.
The Eagles own one of the lowest team earned run averages in all of the state, and lefty Tyler Tucker and right-hander Ian Loffert showed why. The pitchers surrendered only seven hits in the two complete games and allowed four men into scoring position.
Loffert had the more polished outing, sustaining a no-hitter into the sixth before Stanley broke his dominant streak with a single.
“A lot of us were not thinking when we were up to bat, me included,” said Stanley, the only Tiger to record a hit in each of Thursday’s games. “My strikeouts today were definitely not quality at-bats.”
Even with an overall dim showing, there were moments where it appeared the clouds were going to break and the sun was going to shine on Holy Family. After giving away an early run in the second game, the team appeared to have turned the corner.
The Tigers quelled a couple of surges by Faith in the second and third. They even got the tying run in scoring position, when David Johnson made it to third in the third off a stolen base and a passed ball. But things quickly disintegrated after that with Faith laying the groundwork of its mercy-rule decision by scoring four runs the next inning.
There certainly was no backslapping after the losses, instead a whole bunch of soul searching.
“We definitely missed an opportunity to make a statement and it’s always disappointing to lose like this on your home field,” Stanley said. “But we have a good group of guys. I know the same thing happened last year and it really fired us up for the postseason.”
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Faith Christain 7-10, Holy Family 0-0
At Holy Family HS
Faith Christian (11-1, 10-0) 200 302 0 — 7 8 0
Holy Family (7-2, 4-2) 000 000 0 — 0 6 4
W — Tucker (5-0). L — Trombley (1-1).
Faith Christian hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Deven 5-1-1-2, Galambos 4-1-2-2, Tucker 2-1-0-1, Carbajal 3-0-0-0, Mochal 4-0-2-0, Bote 4-1-0-0, Von Holdt 3-1-1-0, Benson 1-0-0-0, Ortega 3-1-2-1, Loffert 1-1-0-0, Brown 1-0-0-0. Totals 29-7-8-6. 2B — Deven, Galambos, Van Holdt. HR — Galambos (solo in 1st). SB — Tucker, Galambos, Mochal, Ortega.
Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Tinnon 4-0-1-0, Erb 3-0-1-0, Granberg 2-0-1-0, Trombley 3-0-1-0, Dedin 3-0-0-0, Elliott 3-0-0-0, Brown 3-0-1-0, McManus 3-0-0-0, Stanly 3-0-1-0. Totals 27-6-0. 2B — Stanley.
Faith Christian pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Tucker 7-6-0-0-1-8.
Holy Family pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Trombley 6.1-8-7-5-1-7, Kreutzer .2-0-0-0-2-0.
Holy Family (7-3, 4-3) 000 000 — 0 1 4
Faith Christian (12-1, 11-0) 100 441 — 10 11 0
W — Loffert (4-0). L — Brown (0-2).
Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Tinnon 3-0-0-0, Erb 2-0-0-0, Granberg 2-0-0-0, Trombley 2-0-0-0, Brown 2-0-0-0, Elliott 2-0-0-0, Krutzer 2-0-0-0, Johnson 0-0-0-0, McManus 1-0-0-0, Stanley 1-0-1-0. Totals 17-0-1-0. SB — Johnson.
Faith Christian hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Deven 3-2-3-3, Galambos 2-1-1-0, Tucker 2-0-0-1, Carbjal 3-0-1-0, Mochal 4-1-1-0, Bote 3-1-1-0, Ortega 1-0-1-0, Michalcin 1-2-0-0, Rice 1-0-0-0, Benson 3-0-0-0, Von Holdt 1-1-0-0, Thompson 4-2-3-4. Totals 0-0-0-0. 2B — Thompson 2. 3B — Deven. SB — Galambos.
Holy Family pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Brown 4.1-7-6-5-5-5, Lenzner 1.2-4-4-3-1-1.
Faith Christian pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Loffert 6-1-0-0-1-1.