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Jeremy Papasso/Boulder Daily Camera
LONGMONT — It was a brawl in the alleys at the Skyline baseball field on Tuesday afternoon. The super-squad that is the Twins Blue baseball team, though, got in all the good punches against Boulder.
Currently, the two teams might be on completely different levels as Legion A ball gets swinging, but for Twins coach Haas Pratt and Boulder’s Colt Sedbrook, improvement is still the name of the game.
One wouldn’t think the Twins Blue lineup has much room to grow, what with a team comprised of many players bound for college before the coming fall semester.
Pratt, however, is still viewing his coaching job as precisely that: winning by continuing to learn.
“I’m super pleased with the way these guys are going about their business,” said Pratt after Twins Blue (4-0) scratched out 14-4 and 12-3 victories on Tuesday. “I’ve kind of laid it out on the table for them that I am here to get them ready for the next level. I had the opportunity to play at the next level, and I want them to be prepared so they’re not going in blind.
“Once you get to that level, it really turns into more of a job. Then in pro ball, if you get that chance, it turns into a business. We’re just trying to keep them playing the right way.”
Sedbrook was in Pratt’s position just a year ago, winning a lot of games as coach of the Twins with top-tier talent spread throughout the diamond. While it is unrealistic to think stars will be born overnight with the Panthers, Sedbrook’s goals continue to be taking little bits of good out of every moment.
Tuesday, there were a lot of moments to learn from. The Panthers competed early in each game, but the experience of the Twins Blue was too much.
“For our guys, it’s about finding an identity and finding a way to play the game comfortably and with confidence in their ability,” Sedbrook said. “It comes down to applying themselves in a different way, and having a sense of urgency when you play a team like (the Twins). No complacency.
“We’re learning how to battle in certain counts, how to position yourself off of certain hitters, if we see certain swings at the plate what do we need to do to execute the right pitch. It’s a learned process.”
The Twins used every part of the field to score 26 runs in 10 innings worth of at-bats between the two games. After hitting the alleys several times in the first game, things continued in the nightcap as Will Amen and Pate Katechis each had triples in the first two innings; Bryan Meek added another triple in the fourth inning, giving them eight for the day.
Tanner Kirkpatrick also hit a home run in the opener.
“It was awesome to see us mashing just all day, and I think confidence just rolled over each and every guy,” Kirkpatrick said. “We were just swinging it really well, and it was nice to see.”
Dana Sullivan had a breakout day for Boulder, one that Sedbrook hopes inspires him for the rest of the summer along with a few others. Sullivan went 2 for 3 in the first game with a home run and two RBIs, then went 2 for 2 with a run in the second game.
Sullivan, who will be just a sophomore in the fall, put things in perspective afterward, still focusing on the big picture for BHS.
“We’re trying to raise standards at Boulder, make changes, do more on and off the field, practice harder,” Sullivan said. “The standards have been the same for too long. We’re still learning, trying to get better as a team and program.”
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Colorado Twins Blue 14, Boulder 4
At Skyline HS
Boulder 102 100 — 4 5 2
Twins Blue 400 703 — 14 17 1
W — Meek. L — McBirney.
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — C. Stowe 3-2-1-0, Sullivan 3-2-2-2, Barnett 0-0-0-0, Guegan 3-0-0-1, Gould 3-0-1-1, Ryan 2-0-0-0, Davis 1-0-0-0, A. Stowe 2-0-1-0, Smith 2-0-0-0, Burke 3-0-0-0. Totals 22-4-5-4. HR —Sullivan.
Twins Blue hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Platt 4-3-2-1, Amen 4-1-3-2, Katechis 3-1-3-1, Kennison 3-1-0-0, Meek 3-1-1-0, Cintora 1-0-0-0, Reigle 3-2-1-2, Kirkpatrick 4-2-3-3, Caruso 4-2-2-1, Yee 4-1-2-2. Totals 33-14-17-12. 2B — Caruso. 3B —Platt, Amen, Reigle, Kirkpatrick, Caruso. HR —Kirkpatrick. SB —Platt 2, Amen, Katechis 2, Reigle, Caruso, Yee 2.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — McBirney 3.2-12-11-8-3-0, Barnett 1.2-5-3-2-1-1.
Twins Blue pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Meek 4-5-4-3-5-4, Cintora 2-0-0-0-2-1.
Twins Blue 12, Boulder 3
At Skyline HS
Boulder 030 00 — 3 8 1
Twins Blue 433 2X — 12 12 0
W —Amen. L — Burke.
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — C. Stowe 3-0-1-0, Sullivan 2-1-2-0, Barnett 3-0-2-1, Davis 3-0-1-2, McBirney 2-0-0-0, Feigal 2-0-0-0, Gould 2-0-0-0, Ryan 2-1-2-0, A. Stowe 2-1-0-0. 2B —C. Stowe. SB —Ryan.
Twins Blue hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Platt 2-3-1-1, Meek 4-0-2-3, Katechis 4-2-2-1, Reigle 1-2-0-0, Amen 2-0-2-5, Caruso 0-1-0-0, Kirkpatrick 3-0-0-0, Soriano 3-2-3-0, Yee 2-1-1-0, Cintora 2-1-1-0. Totals 23-12-12-10. 2B — Cintora. 3B —Meek, Katechis, Amen. SB —Cintora.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Burke 2-8-9-8-2-1, Guegan 1.2-4-3-3-3-1, Davis 0.1-0-0-0-0-0.
Twins Blue pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Amen 3-5-3-3-5-5, Caruso 2-3-0-0-1-2.