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Fairview's Cameron Frazier, right, is greeted by teammates after driving in a run against Boulder on Tuesday at Scott Carpenter Field.
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Fairview’s Cameron Frazier, right, is greeted by teammates after driving in a run against Boulder on Tuesday at Scott Carpenter Field.

For the Fairview Legion A baseball team, three seems to be the magic number.

As in the third inning, the time in which the Knights have done the majority of their damage throughout the first two games of the summer campaign.

After putting 10 runs on the board in the third frame on Monday, FHS put up nine in the same inning against host Boulder Tuesday. That outburst gave the Knights a 12-run cushion on their rival and the visitors would coast the rest of the way to 18-7 win over the Panthers in five innings.

“It’s still early, but we’re hitting well,” Fairview manager Rick Harig said. “It’s only our second game of the summer, but it’s our second game that we’ve 10-runned somebody, so that’s good. We score that many runs every game we’ll be real happy.”

The Knights, who beat Slammers North 16-4 in their opener, led 5-2 as they stepped to the plate in the third inning. First baseman Steve D’Epagnier, who hit a solo shot in his first at-bat in the first, led off the inning with a walk. He was eventually brought in on a single by designated hitter Jake Kearney. Second baseman Jake Thoning followed with a RBI double and left fielder Calvin Munson added a single to plate another run.

Both Thoning and Munson eventually scored as control issues and fielding errors plagued Boulder and extended the inning. D’Epagnier eventually came to the dish again with two outs and worked a full count before lacing a single into left to score two more runs. The junior-to-be came around to score once more later in the third, marking the eighth run for the Knights in the frame. He was lifted prior to his next plate appearance, finishing the day 2 for 2 with three runs and three RBI.

“I like where I’m at, I’ve been able to get a lot of pitches I can hit and get in counts where I get to see the ball,” D’Epagnier said. “(Boulder’s) always one of those games where they are going to come out and compete, it’s always a tough game.”

A pitching change with two outs in the third seemed to right the ship for Boulder, as Quinn Conroy came in to relieve starter Christian Gregorich and bring an end to the half-inning. Conroy held the Knights scoreless in the fourth before they tacked on four more runs in the fifth and final frame.

After defeating Poudre 12-11 in their first summer contest Monday, the Panthers were led at the plate by their first baseman Grant Dinkel. Dinkel went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Right fielder Eli Langston also added a pair of hits for Boulder, which is playing under Jack Clarke after the departure of manager Steve Disbrow following the spring season. Clarke coached as an assistant under Disbrow for the past two spring seasons.

“I think it’s a fresh start for (the team),” Clarke said. “I think the best things for these guys is to put on the uniform and play again. The past is in the past and they’ve dealt with some adversity. But these guys have been a class act throughout the whole time.”

“I think coach Disbrow is probably one of the top 10 coaches in the state, so I’d be crazy to change anything he did… I guess the big thing is I want these guys to be excited to come to the ballpark everyday. A game like this is tough but the best part about summer is we get to come back after a couple days break at the most and do it again.”

 

Fairview 18, Boulder 7

At Scott Carpenter Park

Fairview (2-0) 239 04 — 18 12 2

Boulder (1-1) 023 02 — 7 10 5

 

W — Feauto (1-0). L — Gregorich

Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Frazier 3-3-1-1, Harris 3-0-2-3, Clarke 4-1-0-2, D’Epagnier 2-3-2-3, Katz 5-1-0-0, Casey 2-2-1-0, Kearney 3-2-2-1, Thoning 1-3-1-1, Munson 4-3-3-2. Totals 27-18-12-13. 2B — Munson, Thoning, Harris. HR — D’Epagnier. SB — Frazier, Harris, D’Epagnier.

Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Stowe 2-1-1-0, Langston 3-1-2-0, Crolens 3-2-2-0, Dinkel 3-2-2-2, Woodard 2-0-0-1, Bote 2-1-1-2, Gould 3-0-0-0, Barnett 1-0-1-0, Guegan 0-0-0-0, Conroy 3-0-1-0. Totals 22-7-10-4. 2B — Dinkel, Crolens.

Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Feauto 5-10-7-5-4-3.

Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Gregorich 2.2-10-14-10-4-0, Conroy 2.1-2-4-4-4-3.