BOULDER — The Monarch baseball team’s game against Boulder Friday was starting to look all too familiar to coach Scott Weiss.
After losing their last three games in a row by one run each, the Coyotes found themselves behind early in another close game. This time, though, MHS found a way to pull out the triumph.
Dakota Dunn doubled and scored, and Fred Good walked with the bases loaded to plate the eventual game-winner in the top of the sixth inning as the Coyotes topped BHS 5-4 at Scott Carpenter Park.
“That was huge for us after the last three games,” Weiss said. “We haven’t hung our heads about the three-game losing streak we had, and kept a positive mindset.”
The Coyotes (10-6, 5-3 Front Range League) now find themselves in third place in the conference with three games to play, and once again are on solid footing with regard to locking up one of the league’s five automatic postseason berths.
“We had a little chip on our shoulder,” Monarch catcher Matt Malkin said. “We had a little extra drive today.”
Malkin went 3 for 4 with a double, with courtesy runner Keenan O’Gara scoring for him twice. But for awhile, that was about all the Coyotes had.
Four errors in the first two innings helped Boulder (7-9, 2-7) stake itself to an early 3-2 edge. And offensively, MHS came up empty in the third and fourth innings despite five hitters reaching base.
But Malkin singled in the fifth, and O’Gara scored for him on a double by Good. Then Dunn doubled in the sixth and moved to third when Kyle Scholtz reached on an error. Gerrit Elzinga then singled home Dunn before walks by Maltese and Good pushed Scholtz home.
Despite the early defensive woes, Good turned in a solid day over all on the pitching mound, going 52/3 innings and allowing just five hits and four runs, one earned, while striking out three.
“I think Fred had great stuff,” Weiss said.
The Senior Day defeat continued a tough stretch for Boulder that’s seen the Panthers lose five of their last six games.
First baseman Ray Feigal doubled twice and scored once in his final home game, with his run in the third inning giving the Panthers a 4-2 advantage. Eli Langston added a pair of hits, and Connor Stowe scored a pair of runs.
But the Panthers left the tying run in scoring position in both the sixth and seventh innings.
Boulder finishes its season with games at Rocky Mountain Saturday, and at both Brighton and Mountain Range on Monday. While the Panthers’ own postseason chances are dim at this point, coach Steve Disbrow said he was proud of the way his team competed Friday and believed the Panthers would play out the season strong.
“Baseball will eat you alive if you wallow in pity,” Disbrow said. “… I don’t think we’ll have a problem with that. I think we’ll go get after it (Saturday).”
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Monarch 5, Boulder 4
Monarch (10-6, 5-3) 020 012 0 — 5 11 4
Boulder (7-9, 2-7) 121 000 0 — 4 6 4
W — Good (5-0). L — Rogers (3-4). S — Beswick (2).
Monarch hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Scholtz 3-1-0-0, Elzinga 4-0-1-1, Maltese 3-0-1-0, Malkin 4-0-3-0, O’Gara 0-2-0-0, Good 3-0-2-2, Lehman 0-1-0-0, Soole 3-0-0-0, Stork 3-0-2-0, Ensign 4-0-1-0, Dunn 4-1-1-0, Dougherty 0-0-0-0, Beswick 0-0-0-0, Love 0-0-0-0. Totals 31-5-11-3. 2B — Malkin, Good, Dunn.
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Stowe 2-2-0-0, McCarthy 3-0-1-1, Bukowski 4-0-1-0, Chandler 3-0-0-0, Feigal 4-1-2-0, Lanzano 4-0-0-0, Langston 3-0-2-1, Guegan 0-1-0-0, Flores 3-0-0-0, Gregorich 2-0-0-0, Dinkel 0-0-0-0, Rogers 0-0-0-0, T. Marcotte 0-0-0-0. Totals 28-4-6-2. 2B — Feigal 2. SB — Stowe, Bukowski, Guegan, Dinkel.
Monarch pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) — Good 5.2-5-4-1-2-3, Beswick 1.1-1-0-0-0-0. HB — Good 3.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) — Rogers 6-10-5-2-4-4, T. Marcotte 1-1-0-0-0-2.