LOUISVILLE — Monarch’s baseball game against Boulder on Tuesday was much like Kyle Scholtz’s season as a whole. Nothing went according to script.
On a windswept day when the Coyotes shortstop played an entire game for the first time this season, Scholtz and his teammates were able to withstand the elements and a few Boulder rallies before escaping with a 12-7 win.
The host Coyotes (6-4, 3-1) took full advantage of their home park while the Panthers struggled mightily with the glaring sun and unrelenting crosswinds in some key situations.
“It was one of those Colorado wind days where if you just put the ball in play, anything can happen,” Monarch coach Scott Weiss said.
Scholtz and Logan Soole homered for the Coyotes, who took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth when Boulder outfielders lost a seemingly routine fly ball from Matt Malkin. It turned into a sun-aided two-run double, one inning after a similar ball off the bat of Zach Sattler fell fo
r a single that tied it 6-6.
“That’s how we practice every day, with the sun right there,” said Scholtz, who went 3 for 3 with three runs and had a sacrifice bunt that paved the way to three runs in the first. “It didn’t happen to us much — maybe they weren’t putting the ball in the air as often — but both teams had to deal with same conditions.”
Scholtz was injured in Monarch’s opener then ejected in his first game back Thursday, when umpires ruled he threw an elbow while going after a loose ball near second base. That carried an additional one-game suspension, so Scholtz missed Saturday’s loss at Fairview before finally completing a game.
“It feels really good to go out there and compete for seven innings,” he said. “There were a couple innings we took off, but we came through in the late innings.”
Fueled by a huge day from leadoff man Dylan Bialek, who finished 3 for 4 with five RBIs, Boulder (6-7, 1-3) came back from an early deficit to take leads of 6-4 and 7-6. But the rogue Panthers, who won’t play a home game this season due to backstop damage and extenuating complications at Scott Carpenter Park, were partially undone by the elements.
“I’m not going to put blame on the players, but you just have to be able to understand where you’re at,” said Boulder coach Colt Sedbrook, who indicated learning to play in the elements is part of the growth process. “Fifty mile-per-hour winds, a sky-high fly ball at twilight, you have to be able to adjust to those things.”
On the fateful go-ahead hit by Malkin (2 for 4, two doubles, three RBIs), center fielder Connor Stowe was betrayed by the sun and headed toward right field. Bialek got a read on it from left field and almost got there in time. The hit made it 9-7, then Sattler and Derek Tully added wind-aided singles to plate three more runs.
Tully also got the win on the mound in relief of Eric Love.
“This was a test of our team against a Boulder team that Colt Sedbrook has believing in themselves,” Weiss said. “When we were down 6-4, you could tell that (Boulder) believed and were here to play. I’m proud of my team for not backing down. We had a couple really sticky situations.”
Soole bailed the Coyotes out of one of those, when his diving catch in center robbed Luke Bukowski to end the fifth. Boulder had the bases loaded and was trying to add on to a 6-4 lead.
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Monarch 12, Boulder 7
At Monarch H.S.
Boulder 001 231 0 — 7 11 1
Monarch 301 026 X — 12 13 4
W — Tully (2-0). L — Lanzano (0-1).
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Bialek 4-0-3-5, McCarthy 4-0-1-0, Bukowski 4-0-0-0, Woodard 5-0-2-0, Dinkel 1-0-0-0, Douglas 1-0-0-0, Chandler 1-0-0-0, Langston 3-1-1-0, Barnett 4-2-3-0, Baumgartner 3-2-1-1, Stowe 2-1-0-1. Totals 34-7-11-7. 2B — Bialek. SB — McCarthy.
Monarch hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Soole 4-1-1-1, Elzinga 3-2-0-0, Scholtz 3-3-3-1, Malkin 4-0-2-3, Bowen 0-1-0-0, Crouse 4-1-2-1, Fudale 1-2-0-0, Tully 4-1-2-2, Sattler 4-1-2-3, Wingert 4-0-1-1. Totals 31-12-13-12. 2B — Malkin 2. HR —Scholtz (solo in 3rd), Soole (solo in 6th). SB — Soole.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Rogers 4.2-7-6-3-3-5, Lanzano 1.1-6-6-6-2-0.
Monarch pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Love 4.2-6-5-4-3-2, Tully 2.1-5-2-1-3-2.