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    Longmont/Erie's Will Amen slides safely into third base ahead of the throw during the first game of a doubleheader at Erie High School on Wednesday. Longmont/Erie won 10-0.

  • From left: Longmont/Erie players Barrett Ingvaldsen, Griffin Nelson, Caleb Crites,...

    Greg Lindstrom

    From left: Longmont/Erie players Barrett Ingvaldsen, Griffin Nelson, Caleb Crites, Zach Zamudio and Ryan Fesmire celebrate a 10-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader at Erie High School on Wednesday.



ERIE — With its roster depleted against Slammers Mouton, the Longmont/Erie Connie Mack team picked up an emergency starter just down the road on Thursday.

Joining the Longmont High and Erie High summer combination team for the first time, Mead pitcher Griffin Nelson helped guide Longmont/Erie (21-5) to a 10-0, 15-2 sweep at home.

Nelson pitched five scoreless innings to pace the Game One rout that the Longmont/Erie players continued in Game Two.

“It had been a while since my last outing so I was a bit rusty, especially in the first couple innings,” Nelson said. “But I made a little adjustment with my mechanics and it went a lot better from there.”

After two walks and a single loaded the bases for Slammers Mouton in the first, Nelson struck out Geoff Light to get out of trouble. He finished the game with four walks and eight strikeouts while allowing three hits.

With the bases loaded again in the fifth inning, Nelson struck out Paul Richy and Longmont/Erie catcher Ryan Fesmire picked off Matt Kosch at second base to end the first run-rule victory.

“I felt like they weren’t going to catch up to it so I tried to keep it consistent and just hit locations,” Nelson said. “All their good hitters were lefties and they weren’t able to pick up my arm slot.” 

Nelson said assistant coach Joel Roth, who is an assistant at Longmont High, invited him to pitch for Longmont/Erie because they needed some help. Nelson’s Mead teammate Nathan Hains also pitched an inning of relief in Game Two. Longmont/Erie coach Tom Fobes said both pitchers will continue to help out down the stretch this summer.

Longmont/Erie got plenty of help from Slammers Mouton as well. The visiting team put up just seven hits in two games and committed six errors. In Game One, Slammers Mouton gifted Longmont/Erie with a three-run lead in the first inning when all three runs scored on passed balls.

With Barrett Ingvaldsen starting on the mound in Game Two, Longmont/Erie jumped out to a 4-0 lead on a pair of walks and four hits. After several recent splits against teams they felt they should beat, infielder Will Amen said the Longmont/Erie players made it a point to not let up the second time around.

“We’ve lost to some bad teams before so we needed to make sure we kept our focus throughout both games because anything can happen in the game of baseball,” said Amen, who drove in four runs in Game Two. “We were pretty relaxed in the dugout because we we’re just having fun and we played a pretty good game.”

Longmont/Erie went on to score 10 runs in the fourth inning.

Missing regulars Josh Crist, Tyler Lee, Cooper Rothe and Tanner Wilkey from the lineup, middle infielder Zach Zamudio broke out of a recent slump to lead the Longmont/Erie offense. He went 4-for-5, scored three runs, and drove in three more on the day.

“They left them up for me and I just swung at good pitches,” Zamudio said. “I’ve been struggling lately so it was good to finally start hitting and help out a little bit.”

Longmont/Erie will play a doubleheader with Castle View on the road Friday before another set with Colorado Twins Red on Sunday.

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Game 1

Longmont/Erie 10, Slammers Mouton 0

At Erie H.S.

Slammers Mouton 000 00 — 0 3 3

Longmont/Erie 312 4x — 10 7 0

W — Nelson. L — Reardon.

Slammers Mouton hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Kosch 1-0-0-0, Turner 1-0-0-0, P. Richy 3-0-1-0, Hultzapple 1-0-1-0, Light 2-0-0-0, Smith 1-0-0-0, Hannon 2-0-0-0, Shaffer 2-0-1-0, Reardon 2-0-0-0. Totals 15-0-3-0.

Longmont/Erie hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Yee 2-2-1-1, Crites 3-1-1-1, Amen 3-1-0-0, Fesmire 0-0-0-0, Madrid 3-0-0-0, Ingvaldsen 3-1-2-1, Z. Zamudio 2-2-2-2, J. Zamudio 2-1-0-1, Nelson 3-0-1-0, Begano 0-2-0-0. Totals 21-10-7-6. 3B — Z. Zamudio. SB — Yee 2, Begano, Amen, Crites.

Slammers Mouton pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Reardon 3 1/3-7-10-6-4-2, Scheffel 2/3-0-0-0-0-0.

Longmont/Erie pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Nelson 5-3-0-0-4-8.

Game 2

Longmont/Erie 15, Slammers Mouton 2

At Erie H.S.

Longmont/Erie 410 100 — 15 12 2

Slammers Mouton 010 0 1 — 2 4 3

W — Ingvaldsen. L — Hayes.

Longmont/Erie hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Yee 3-2-1-1, Crites 4-2-2-2, Amen 3-2-3-4, Fesmire 4-2-2-1, Ingvaldsen 2-2-0-0, Madrid 4-2-1-1, Z. Zamudio 3-1-2-1, J. Zamudio 4-0-1-0, Hains 1-2-0-1. Totals 28-15-12-11. 2B — Crites. 3B — Amen. SB — Amen 2, Fesmire, Madrid, Ingvaldsen, Crites.

Slammers Mouton hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Light 2-1-1-1, Kosch 1-0-0-0, P. Richy 1-0-0-0, Hultzapple 3-0-1-0, Reardon 3-0-0-0, Smith 2-0-0-0, Hannon 2-1-1-0, Turner 0-0-0-0, S. Richy 1-0-0-0, Shaffer 2-0-1-0. Totals 17-2-4-1.

Longmont/Erie pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Ingvaldsen 4-3-1-1-4-3, Hains 1-1-1-0-0-1.

Slammers Mouton pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hayes 3 1/3-9-11-6-2-0, S. Richy 1/3-1-4-4-3-0, Smith 1 1/3-2-0-0-0-1.

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