Summertime is meant to be spent outdoors, and for Boulder’s Grant Dinkel, doubling up on golf and baseball provides for the perfect day in his book.
And we’re not talking just knocking some balls around a Par 3 course. Dinkel is a competitive golfer, and on Friday morning was involved in a Colorado Golf Association tournament in Greeley.
His assignment when he reached Scott Carpenter Park for the Panthers’ Legion A contest against Greeley Central? Try and shut down the Wildcats offense after they exploded for a 14-5 win earlier in the afternoon.
He did his job, and his team did some legwork too as the Panthers won Game 2 5-4 — taking the game dubbed as the league contest.
Dinkel is used to the pattern, and he’s a lot more comfortable knowing when he has to pitch after a long round on the links.
“It might be, just because you know what you have to do, whereas when you’re fielding you don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s a little more predetermined,” said Dinkel, who plays golf in the fall for his school. “I got back like 15 minutes before the game started, but I think I still was able to pitch pretty well.”
The first step for Dinkel and his teammates was getting out of the first inning — something they could not do in Game 1 until 11 runs had been posted on the visitor’s board. Not only did he do that, he retired the first eight in a row and 10 of the first 11 batters.
Dinkel was the winning pitcher, going five frames and allowing two unearned runs. The only real blemish was getting nailed in the shoulder with a comebacker in the fourth frame — a scary moment for everyone at the park.
“It’s not fun being a pitcher when that happens,” he said. “I’ll be fine.”
“Dinkel … boy, he was golfing all day in a tournament and then he comes out and throws five fantastic innings for us,” added coach Bob Bote.
The Wildcats still managed to make Game 2 interesting. Down 5-2 headed to the sixth, they squeezed out a run on reliever Kelby Woodard off an error, and then in the seventh had two on with two out against Quinn Conroy.
Trysten Trego — who homered twice in the first inning of Game 1 — hit a ball to second baseman Eli Langston, who bobbled the ball while ranging back to his left. Marcus Pisano came around to score, but Langston — in short right field by this point — was able to recover and gun Ryne Lenz at third base for the final out of the game.
Langston also went 2-for-3 in the game, while Luke Bote produced the go-ahead runs on a bases-loaded single in the fourth.
For Luke Bote, that made up for his time on the mound as he was tagged with the loss in Game 1.
The Panthers were stretched on pitching, and it was obvious as six of the nine available players saw time on the hill. Adam Stowe gave his team a boost by going 2-for-3 with an RBI in a call-up role, and Ari Barnett also finished with two hits.
“I left Luke out there a long time, but like I said, we were just trying to figure out what we are going to do with him,” Bob Bote said. “We didn’t have much pitching, just going an inning at a time.”
Six double-plays were turned between the teams — two by each squad in the first contest.
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Greeley Central 14, Boulder 5
At Scott Carpenter Park
Greeley Central (11)30 00 — 14 14 1
Boulder 221 00 — 5 7 1
W — Trego. L — Bote.
Greeley Central hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Pisano 3-2-2-2, Lenz 4-2-2-2, Trego 4-2-2-4, Lechman 4-1-2-0, Agens 4-1-1-0, Vargas 3-2-2-2, Degraffenreid 3-2-2-0, Leyva 2-1-0-1, De la Rosa 1-1-1-2, Martin 0-0-0-0. Totals 29-14-14-13. 2B — Lenz, Degraffenreid 2. HR — Trego 2. SB — Agens.
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — C. Stowe 1-0-0-0, Bote 2-1-1-0, Woodard 1-0-0-1, Langston 3-1-1-1, Barnett 3-1-2-1, Guegan 2-0-0-0, Gould 3-1-1-0, Conroy 2-1-0-0, A. Stowe 3-0-2-1. Totals 20-5-7-4. 3B — Langston. SB — C. Stowe.
Greeley Central pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Agens 2-5-5-5-4-0, Trego 3-2-0-0-0-3.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Bote 0.1-8-10-10-2-0, Barnett 0.2-2-1-1-0-0, Stowe 1-3-3-2-1-1, Guegan 1-0-0-0-0-0, Langston 1-1-0-0-0-0, Conroy 1-0-0-0-0-1.
Boulder 5, Greeley Central 4
At Scott Carpenter Park
Greeley Central 000 201 1 — 4 9 0
Boulder (15-16-1) 010 400 x — 5 7 3
W — Dinkel. L — Degraffenreid. S — Conroy.
Greeley Central hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Pisano 4-1-2-0, Lenz 3-0-0-0, Trego 4-1-1-0, Lechman 3-2-2-0, Agens 2-0-2-0, Degraffenreid 3-0-0-1, Crew 2-0-0-0, Vargas 1-0-0-0, Martin 2-0-1-0, De la Rosa 3-0-1-0. Totals 27-4-9-1. 2B — Pisano.
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — C. Stowe 3-1-0-0, Bote 4-1-1-2, Langston 3-0-2-1, Dinkel 2-0-0-0, Woodard 3-1-2-0, Baumgartner 3-0-1-0, Barnett 2-0-0-0, Gould 2-1-1-0, Guegan 1-1-0-1. Totals 23-5-7-4. 2B — Langston. SB — Bote, Langston.
Greeley Central pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Lechman 1-1-0-0-0-1, Degraffenreid 3-5-5-5-6-1, Vargas 2-1-0-0-0-1.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Dinkel 5-6-2-0-0-1, Woodard 1-2-1-0-0-1, Conroy 1-1-1-0-0-0.