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BROOMFIELD — There may be nothing more appealing to a hot hitting team than showing up to a visiting park with smaller dimensions and the wind blowing out.

“We came and we saw the the breeze was blowing out and knowing we can swing it a little bit, we knew the ball was going to be moving around the outfield quite a bit,” Fairview coach Rick Harig said. “That’s just what confidence does for you and we have a lot of confidence right now.”

A mild understatement from the Knights skipper, whose No. 6-ranked team in the latest AP media poll team pounded out 15 hits — including three home runs — in an 11-0 whipping of Legacy in a showdown of unbeatens in the Front Range League.

Eight of the nine in the Fairview starting lineup has at least one hit, and designated hitter Tim Ryan — hitting in the seven-hole on Tuesday — was 4 for 4 with three doubles.

“Any given day it’s going to be somebody different,” Harig said. “You don’t have to depend on one or two guys.”

Ryan’s day was slightly overshadowed by slugging first baseman Jeff Clarke. The senior, who entered the game with 22 RBIs already, quickly added to that total in the first inning.

Clarke crushed the first pitch he saw from Lightning starter Hunter Parnell over the left field wall for a two-run home run.

“We were all definitely excited when we got to the park,” Clarke said. “You can’t really force anything and you still have to stay relaxed at the plate and you can’t try and do too much.

“I was able to do that my first two at-bats and make good contact with the ball.”

Up 3-0 in the third and facing Parnell for the second time, Clarke again had Walker Harris on first base in front of him when deposited Parnell’s 0-1 changeup over the 365-foot sign in straight-away center field.

“Just had my weight back on it and tried not to think too much at the plate,” Clarke said. “We are playing good baseball. We are relaxed and having fun, obviously putting up numbers and the pitchers are doing their jobs. We are having fun right now for sure.”

Fairview starter Ryan Kokora was masterful on the mound. The only hiccup in his day was in the fourth when he walked the bases loaded with two outs, but he quickly ended the threat by getting Michael Miyasaki to strike out — one of his seven in 5 1/3 innings of work. Kokora reached his pitch count, 100, in the sixth and Mike Vlasity came in finish the game.

The Lightning managed just four hits, two from nine hole hitter Jared Crockett and a double in the fifth from Jackson Epslin, but never really threatened other than the fourth.

“They can flat out swing it and there is a reason they ar No. 6 in the state,” said Lightning coach Ty Giordano, whose team dropped to 6-6 overall and 3-1 in the league. “When you are matching teams that can swing it, you’ve got to be able to swing it. There are three phases of the game and I don’t think we necessarily pitched poorly today, they just swing a good bat.

“You’ve got to be able to put runs up and when you put runners in scoring position and not execute.”

Fairview (11-1, 4-0) will look to keep it going on Thursday against Boulder at 4 p.m. The Lightning will try and bounce back at home against Horizon.

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Fairview 11, Legacy 0

At Legacy

Fairview 212 130 2 — 11 15 0

Legacy 000 000 0 — 0 4 3

W — Kokora (5-0). L — Parnell (2-1).

Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Cameron Frazier 5-0-1-1, Cannon Casey 3-0-0-0, Eriberto Chavez 1-0-0-0, Walker Harris 3-2-1-0, Jeff Clarke 4-2-2-4, Ryan Madden 3-2-2-1, Jacob Thoning 4-1-1-1, Tim Ryan 4-4-4-1, Johnny Feauto 3-0-3-1, Jacob Kearney 3-0-1-1, Tobiah Armstrong 0-0-0-1, Ryan Kokora 0-0-0-0. Totals 33-11-15-11. 2B —Ryan 3, Feauto. HR —Clarke (one on in first); Clarke (one on in third); Madden (solo in seventh). SB —Madden, Ryan.

Legacy hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Jordan Luthi 3-0-0-0, Matthew Freeburg 1-0-0-0, Jackson Epslin 4-0-1-0, Hunter Parnell 2-0-0-0, Wyatt Cross 3-0-0-0, Devin Payne 2-0-0-0, Lucas Gilbreath 2-0-1-0, Tyler Rope 2-0-0-0, Michael Miyasaki 2-0-0-0, Matthew Rody 1-0-0-0, Jared Crockett 2-0-2-0, Matthew Ayala 0-0-0-0. Totals 24-0-4-0. 2B — Epslin.

Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Kokora 5.1-3-0-0-4-7; Vlasity 1.2 -1-0-0-0-3

Legacy pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Parnell 3-7-5-5-1-1; Crockett 4-8-6-4-2-2.

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