LONGMONT — While prep coaches and athletes everywhere had to be groaning Tuesday at the thought of another snowstorm forecast to roll in, the Skyline baseball team was giving Mother Nature a shout out.
All that extra time spent in the indoor hitting tunnels while games and practices were snowed out shined through in a 10-2 victory over Tri-Valley League rival Frederick.
The Falcons racked up 10 hits and saw every spot in the lineup contribute at least one run scored or batted in.
Such was significant because, before the weather kept the Falcons idle from games for 12 days straight, they’d gone six games in a row without scoring more than four runs.
Since getting back to regular action on April 25, the Falcons (10-6, 5-6) had scored seven runs once, five once and three twice before Tuesday’s big breakthrough that now has them 4-1 in those last five outings.
“It’s greatly improved since the weather break,” Skyline coach Mike Hoog said of his team’s hitting.
Center fielder Adam Reigle led the way offensively for SHS, going 3 for 4 with three runs scored and a pair driven in. But plenty of Falcons had hands in the attack.
Michael Miller, doubled twice, scored twice and drove in two runs. Aaron Soriano had a hit, a run and an RBI. And Andrew Stoops, Tyler Brenneman, Justin Forsyth and Tyler Hamby all added hits.
“I think it helped a lot,” Reigle said of all the tunnel work. “It made us get back in that rhythm and gave us confidence when we got back outside to the game field.
“It feels great to come out and do that to a team. We’ve got to keep winning, take it game by game.”
Indeed, if the Falcons are to reach the postseason, there’s a good chance they need to win all of their final three games — at Frederick, at Windsor and home vs. Windsor.
Keep complementing that newfound hitting stroke with starting pitching and defense like they’ve gotten Monday and Tuesday, though, and anything seems possible.
One day after Miller shut down rival Niwot at Coors Field, Garret Angstead added a complete game of his own against Frederick.
The junior right-hander allowed just two hits and two runs, one earned. Angstead did walk seven batters. But three of those were intentional passes to Warriors slugger Jaron Balman, and Angstead managed to work out of bases-loaded jams in both the third and fifth innings.
“I started losing it a bit toward the end,” said Angstead, who struck out nine and left from the baseball game to go compete for the Falcons track team immediately after the game. “But we had the defense and sticks going enough to keep it up.”
For the Warriors (4-10, 2-8), all those walks from Angstead, who also hit two batters with pitches, led to frustration that they couldn’t make the Falcons pitcher pay.
Ryan Zuniga scored in the fifth after reaching on an error. But with the bases loaded and two outs, the Warriors couldn’t keep the rally going. Angstead worked out of the frame with no further damage, and Skyline scored five runs in its half of the inning for a 10-1 lead.
Balman drove in Frederick’s final run in the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly, but by then the hole was too deep to climb out of.
“We were able to get a lot of kids on base,” Frederick coach Ted Clapp said. “Unfortunately we weren’t able to get that key hit at the right time.”
Skyline 10, Frederick 2
At Skyline HS
Frederick (4-10, 2-8) 000 010 1 — 2 2 4
Skyline (10-6, 5-6) 014 050 x — 10 10 1
W — Angstead. L — J. Entrekin.
Frederick hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Worely 2-0-1-1, Balman 0-0-0-1, Broz 2-0-0-0, Cawthra 4-0-0-0, B. Zuniga 3-0-1-0, Held 2-0-0-0, Schaa 1-0-0-0, Montano 2-0-0-0, Rodriguez 0-0-0-0, M. Entrekin 1-0-0-0, R. Zuniga 2-1-0-0, Hiser 1-0-0-0, Maggs 1-0-0-0, McCarron 0-1-0-0, J. Entrekin 0-0-0-0, Schaa 0-0-0-0. Totals 21-2-2-2. SB — Balman, R. Zuniga.
Skyline hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Stoops 3-0-1-1, Brenneman 3-1-1-0, Angstead 3-0-0-1, Forsyth 4-1-1-0, Reigle 4-3-3-2, Miller 4-2-2-2, Soriano 4-1-1-1, Pair 1-1-0-0, Hamby 2-1-1-0, Hoog 0-0-0-0. Totals 28-10-10-7. 2B — Miller 2. SB — Angstead 2.
Frederick pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) — J. Entrekin 2.1-8-5-4-0-0, Balman 2-2-5-3-4-2, Schaa 1.2-0-0-0-0-1.
Skyline pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) — Angstead 7-2-2-1-7-9. HB — Angstead 2.