BROOMFIELD — Holy Family baseball players had every right to wring their hands entering Monday’s game and an equal right to slap each other’s backs after it was over.
Coming off 13 scoreless innings and facing the first team to beat them this season to start the week could have easily added up to a disastrous run for the Tigers. Instead, downing Peak to Peak Monday marked the point where eighth-ranked Class 3A Holy Family got back on the winning track.
To be sure, there are some facets of the Tigers’ game that still need to be polished. But knocking off Metro League foe Peak to Peak 11-5 did plenty to shake off the team’s less than inspiring double-header against No. 3 Faith Christian last week.
“We were pretty beat down after those losses Thursday and wanted to bounce back,” Holy Family outfielder Jacob Tinnon said. “So this was a good win for us.”
Holy Family (8-3, 5-3) also had a bone to pick with Peak to Peak (9-7, 6-6). The Pumas humbled the usually explosive Tigers’ offense March 2, with Isaac Friesen striking out nine batters in his second win of the season. Peak to Peak’s defense was not so stingy the second time around against its Metro League foes.
Holy Family tallied eight hits against the Pumas, including some late fireworks in the form of a solo home run by Matt Erb and a two-run double by Jay Elliott. But it was not power-hitting that stole the day for the Tigers. Holy Family lived and died by small ball and base running, with the team exploiting four errors by their opponents.
“The win was great, but we’ve got to move on from it,” said Tinnon, who led all batters by going 3 for 4 with two RBIs. “We still have some big games ahead of us this week and need to get ready for them.”
The loss was a blow to Peak to Peak, which had the opportunity to solidify itself into second place in conference and likely earn the right to host a district tournament. As it stands, that scenario is not completely out of the question for the Pumas and potentially Holy Family. Even so, Tim Combs was shocked his players did not take advantage of the opportunity they had Monday.
“I thought we played uninspired for as big a game as it was,” the Peak to Peak coach said. “I was disappointed, we came out flat and stayed flat.”
Peak to Peak had a glimmer of hope at the end of the game, when Holy Family booted some balls around in the fourth and sixth innings. The miscues helped the Pumas put four runners across home in the two innings.
“I definitely though it was the start of a rally,” said Pumas second baseman Cos Braswell, who scored in each inning. “I thought we had it in us, but we couldn’t quite pull it off.”
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Holy Family 11, Peak to Peak 5
At Holy Family
Peak to Peak (9-7, 6-6) 000 103 0 — 5 7 4
Holy Family (8-3, 5-3) 023 123 x — 11 8 4
W — Trombley (2-1). L — Goedde (2-2).
Peak to Peak hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Kelly 3-0-1-0, Howard 4-0-2-0, Pinkerman 4-0-0-0, Braswell 4-2-2-0, Friesen 2-1-1-0, Jackson 3-1-1-0, Ward 3-0-0-1, Bride 3-0-0-0. Totals 30-5-7-0. 2B — Braswell. SB — Pinkerman, Jackson.
Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Brown 4-0-0-0, Erb 3-2-1-1, Granberg 1-2-0-0, Trombley 3-2-1-0, Elliott 4-3-1-2, Tinnon 4-1-3-2, Dedin 3-1-1-1, McManus 3-0-1-2, Stanley 3-0-0-1. Totals 32-11-8-9. 2B — Elliott. HR — Erb (solo in 4th). SB — Granberg 2.
Peak to Peak pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Goedde 6-8-11-8-6-5.
Team pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Trombley 7-7-5-0-0-6.