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Jaron Balmon scores a run and provides one of the few highlights for Twins Blue during the club's 11-4 loss to Greeley GoJo in the opening round of the Legion A state tournament.
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Jaron Balmon scores a run and provides one of the few highlights for Twins Blue during the club’s 11-4 loss to Greeley GoJo in the opening round of the Legion A state tournament.

 

BOULDER — After opening its first-round game at the 2013 Legion A state tournament by falling into a big hole, the Colorado Twins Blue baseball club will face a must-win situation on day two.

Unable to overcome a four-run, first-inning deficit, the Twins fell 11-4 to Greeley GoJo at Fairview High School on Wednesday. Twins Blue head coach Colt Sedbrook said the Twins players started pressing and became too concerned with the other team’s score once they fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and GoJo answered a two-run rally in the fourth.

“I think our guys kind of got into the state of mind of, ‘Oh no, here we go again,'” Sedbrook said. “The wanting to compete and the understanding of a nine-inning ball game, the sense of urgency was lacking today. As far as playing the game, keeping guys off second base and overthrowing our cuts, we just didn’t take care of the small things that we should be able to handle.”

GoJo’s four-run first inning began with a leadoff triple from Austin Miller and ended with a three-run home run to left field by Jacob Hasbrouck, who finished the game 4-for-4 with four RBIs.

Miller, Michael Graff, and Taylor Juarez also had multiple hits against Twins starter Andrew Stoops and reliever Pate Katechis, who entered with two outs in the sixth inning.

“They came to swing it,” Sedbrook said. “When we’re not throwing secondary and third pitches for strikes, they can time-up the fastball every single time. They did a good job of making sure they put quality at-bats together on through nine and doing little things to get the job done.”

GoJo also got a good pitching performance from starter Daniel Kammerzell, who allowed two earned runs in eight innings before handing the ball over to Adam Mossberg for the ninth.

The Twins did get two runs back in the top of the fourth but GoJo went back up 5-2 in the bottom of the inning. In the fifth, the Twins loaded the bases with one out for their three and four-hole hitters but Alex Kinnison popped out to shortstop and Jaron Balman grounded out to second base.

“They come out quick and we weren’t expecting it,” Kinnison said. “We tried battling back but every time we’d score, they’d answer and it just seemed like our team got deflated. We squared a lot of balls up but none of them seemed to drop.”

The Twins scored their other two runs in the top of the eighth, already down 11-2 by that point. Balman, Joey Stauss, and Adam Reigle drove in runs for the Twins.

The Twins will face the Mountain Rangers at 8 a.m. Thursday in an elimination game.

“It’s a must-win tomorrow,” Balman said. “We’ve got to play better defense and do more of the little things.”

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Greeley GoJo 11, Colorado Twins Blue 4

At Fairview H.S.

Colorado Twins Blue 000 200 020 — 4 10 0

Greeley GoJo 400 102 400 — 11 16 4

 

W — Kammerzell. L — Stoops.

Colorado Twins hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Meek 5-0-0-0, Magee 5-1-2-0, Kinnison 5-1-1-0, Balman 4-1-1-1, Stauss 4-0-0-1, Caruso 5-1-2-0, Kirkpatrick 3-0-0-0, Wenande 1-0-0-0, Morris 0-0-0-0, Hawthorne 2-0-0-0, Reigle 2-0-1-1, Platt 4-0-3-0. Totals 40-4-10-3. 2B — Magee, Balman.

Greeley GoJo hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Miller 6-2-2-0, Huston 6-2-1-1, Smythe 5-2-1-0, Hasbrouck 4-3-4-4, Graff 4-2-3-2, Juarez 4-0-2-1, DeNovellis 4-0-1-0, Abbott 2-0-1-1, Maxey 5-0-1-0. Totals 40-11-16-9. 2B — Graff 2, Smythe, Hasbrouck. 3B — Miller. HR — Hasbrouck (2 on in 1st). SB — Juarez 2, Huston.

Colorado Twins pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Stoops 5 2/3-8-7-7-4-2, Katechis 2 1/3-7-4-4-0-1.

Greeley GoJo pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Kammerzell 8-10-4-2-2-8, Mossberg 1-1-0-0-1-1.

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