BOULDER — It began as the Centaurus baseball team’s most atrocious game of the summer.
It ended as the wackiest. But wacky in a good way.
The Warriors rode Nick Inslee’s first two home runs of the summer — and a smorgasbord of additional offense — to a bizarre 25-14 win over Boulder under a full, Monday-night moon at Scott Carpenter Park.
The offensive outburst helped atone for six errors in the first inning and eight overall.
“The idea was just staying in the ballgame with our offense, because we know Boulder always swings the bat really good,” Centaurus coach Aaron Allen said. “We knew our defense would settle in at some point. It ended up being about the fifth inning when it finally did.”
Inslee has been a streaky hitter this season. Allen said he had recently emerged from a “strikeout tear” to start lashing the ball. His first homer was a solo shot that tied it 7-7 in the third. His second put the cap on a six-run sixth, which put Centaurus in command 20-14.
“I was seeing it well and making good contact,” said Inslee, who went 3-for-6 with five RBIs. “I was going for base hits and didn’t realize those would carry. We just had to bounce back, because six errors in one inning is terrible.”
Centaurus had contributors up and down the box score, including Kristian Williams (4-for-5, five RBIs), Justin Angevine (2-for-5, four RBIs) and Brody Jaskul (3-for-4, two doubles, five runs scored). Leadoff man Tristen Archuleta went 4-for-6 with two bunt singles.
Centaurus scored in every inning, and finally gave a semblance of normalcy to the contest when Colton Royer pitched a scoreless sixth and Archuleta a scoreless seventh. Balen Jessip earned the win in relief.
“Came for a baseball game and a football game broke out,” Boulder coach Jack Clarke lamented. “We put them in a lot of fastball-hitting counts and they hit the fastball. Hats off to them.”
Clarke’s Panthers, who got three hits apiece from Quinn Conroy, Tommy Baumgartner and Legion B call-up Adam Stowe, will begin district play on Thursday.
The Panthers held an 11-7 lead after three, but a quartet of pitchers failed to slow the Centaurus offense.
Allen believes the scoreboard’s tally of eight errors for his team was generous and easily could have been 10. But his team battled back and clubbed eight doubles to go with Inslee’s pair of round-trippers.
“Big night for Nick,” Allen said. “He’s been on and off. He kind of slumped a bit a few weeks ago. . . . For him to come out and have a solid game tonight, kudos to him.”
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Centaurus 25, Boulder 14
At Scott Carpenter Park
Centaurus 241 166 5 — 25 22 8
Boulder 524 030 0 — 14 15 2
W — Jessip. L — Langston.
Centaurus hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Archuleta 6-3-4-0, Wright 5-3-2-1, Jaskul 4-5-3-2, Neitenbach 5-4-2-3, Angevine 5-2-2-4, Williams 5-2-4-5, Inslee 6-2-3-5, DeVito 2-0-0-0, Pinkerman 4-1-2-0, Matosky 3-3-0-0. Totals 45-25-22-20. 2B — Jaskul 2, Pinkerman 2, Neitenbach, Angevine, Inslee. HR — Inslee 2 (solo in 3rd; one on in sixth). SB — Matosky 2, Archuleta, Jaskul, Neitenbach.
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — C. Stowe 5-2-0-0, Conroy 4-2-3-2, Baumgartner 5-3-3-1, Woodard 5-3-2-2, Langston 5-1-1-0, Barnett 4-1-0-1, Gould 3-1-2-0, A. Stowe 5-0-3-2, Mainland 2-0-0-0, Gregorich 1-0-0-0, Dinkel 1-1-1-0. Totals 41-14-15-8. 2B — Conroy, Baumgartner, Woodard. SB — C. Stowe, Gould, Dinkel.
Centaurus pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Kelly 3-11-11-4-2-5, Jessip 2-3-3-3-2-1, Royer 1-0-0-0-0-1, Archuleta 1-1-0-0-1-1.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Woodard 2-8-6-6-2-2, Gregorich 2.2-7-8-6-2-2, Langston 1-4-6-6-2-1, Barnett 1.1-3-5-2-1-2.