Tim Ryan (No. 1) is congratulated by his Fairview teammates after blasting a home run in the Knights' win against Monarch
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Tim Ryan (No. 1) is congratulated by his Fairview teammates after blasting a home run in the Knights’ win against Monarch

 

BOULDER — The swoon hadn’t become overly lengthy for Tim Ryan, but it was alarming nonetheless.

The Fairview left fielder was hitless in seven at-bats, a spell that included five strikeouts. But the junior not only busted out of the slump Saturday, he obliterated it to pieces.

Ryan drove in six runs in a key 13-8 win against Front Range League rival Monarch, helping the No. 7 Knights cap an ultra-impressive 4-0 week that also included a win against perennial contender Rocky Mountain.

Ryan’s line to go with his six RBIs: 4 for 4, one double, one home run, three runs scored.

“He was in some clutch situations, too, in the early part of the game,” Fairview coach Rick Harig said. “It was really something he needed for himself, and it really helped us as a team. He had not been in full stride for whatever reason, but today he was on.”

Ryan homered in his initial at-bat in the second, a blast just to the left of center field that tied things 3-3 after the Knights (10-1, 3-0) spotted Monarch a 3-0 lead in the first. He added an RBI single in the third, an RBI double in the fifth and a two-run single in the sixth.

“I just worked on adjusting and fixing my swing with the coaches, a lot of batting practice,” Ryan said. “Most of it was probably just mental, so it was about fixing the mental aspect of it and coming back stronger.”

Pitching-dominant in the early stages of the season, Fairview reached double digits in all four victories this week, accumulating 57 runs. Center fielder Walker Harris remained hot for the Knights (2 for 4, three RBIs), with his two-run homer in the third responsible for putting Fairview ahead for good at 5-3.

The Knights stretched the lead 13-4 heading into the seventh before pitcher Ryan Madden ran out of gas. After a shaky first, Madden (4-1) yielded a mere one run on two hits over the next five innings, but the Coyotes (5-4, 2-1) exploded for four runs on five hits in the seventh. Mike Vlasity came on to get the final two outs.

“The last inning, we didn’t lay down,” said Monarch catcher Matt Malkin, who went 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs. “We battled. But we kind of took it easy in the middle there and a few errors killed us.”

Monarch starting pitcher Logan Soole only lasted into the third and departed trailing 5-3. Gerrit Elzinga kept the Coyotes afloat until the sixth, when Fairview tacked on five runs.

Soole and Elzinga joined Malkin with two hits apiece, but the remainder of the Monarch lineup went 4 for 20.

“We can’t play two innings of baseball against teams like Ralston Valley, against teams like Fairview,” Monarch coach Scott Weiss said. “We came out hot in the first inning and we did the things we talked about, and then we didn’t do those things for five innings.”

Weiss lamented the Coyotes’ lack of consistency so far, as they haven’t been able to put a solid winning streak together. They’ll get that opportunity next week with four games on the docket.

“We have to work,” Malkin said. “We have to come back Monday with a little chip on our shoulder.”

Ryan undoubtedly will have more of a chip on his shoulder after shredding his way through his slump. Surprisingly, the outfielder said it wasn’t the home run that rekindled his confidence.

“Usually when you hit a ball like that, it makes you overswing the rest of your at-bats,” he said. “I was definitely more impressed with the double on a two-strike count.”

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Fairview 13, Monarch 8

At Fairview H.S.

Monarch 300 010 4 — 8 10 3

Fairview 123 025 X — 13 12 1

W —Madden (4-1). L — Soole (1-2).

Monarch hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Elzinga 4-2-2-0, Sattler 4-1-0-1, Soole 4-2-2-2, Malkin 3-1-2-2, Crouse 3-1-1-1, Fudale 3-0-0-0, Tully 4-0-1-1, Love 3-0-1-0, Wingert 3-1-1-0. Totals 31-8-10-7. 2B — Malkin 2, Soole. 3B — Elzinga. SB — Soole.

Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Frazier 4-1-1-0, Casey 1-1-0-0, Harris 4-1-2-3, Clarke 4-1-1-0, Thoning 2-2-0-0, Feauto 3-3-2-0, Ryan 4-3-4-6, Armstrong 4-1-1-2, Kearney 4-0-1-1. 2B — Frazier, Clarke, Ryan, Armstrong. HR — Ryan (one on in 2nd), Harris (one on in 3rd).

Monarch pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Soole 2.2-4-5-5-3-5, Elzinga 3.1-7-8-6-4-3, Fudale 0.1-1-0-0-0-0.

Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Madden 6.1-10-8-7-2-5, Vlasity 0.2-0-0-0-0-1.