BOULDER — Call it the calm before the storm.
The Boulder Legion A baseball team has a turbulent schedule approaching this week, with top-tier teams in Rocky Mountain, Fairview and Brighton on the horizon.
With that in mind, Saturday’s split of a non-league doubleheader against the Dayspring Bears kept the Panthers on the right track as they continue to jell together in the final weeks of the summer campaign.
There is some excitement to the upcoming schedule with the way the team has played of late, and on Saturday Boulder certainly was in position to sweep the games at Scott Carpenter Park. A late breakdown resulted in a 5-4 loss in Game 1, but the Panthers rallied for a 9-1 win in Game 2.
Boulder’s win total is on the slim side, but players like Henry Ryan know that when they engage themselves in every pitch, good things happen. They competed in the Boulder National Invitation Tournament and have been just a couple plays away from wins in a handful of games since.
“It’s pretty complete when we win,” said Ryan, who went 2 for 5 with three RBI’s on Saturday. “It’s just consistency, because when we do put it all together, we’re a tough team to beat. We just have to execute and put it all together on a more consistent basis.”
Boulder was flawless in the field for most of Saturday. That helped Ari Barnett and Luke Feigal to get some quick outs as each produced complete game efforts.
Barnett, though, was rewarded with a little more offense in Game 2. The Panthers took advantage of some unseasoned pitchers to move runners up, and a four-run second inning opened a big lead against a light-hitting Bears team that is struggling in the High School conference of Legion A.
Boulder had as nearly as many stolen bases (10) as hits (11) in the win.
Feigal pitched well enough to win the opener but was hit hardest in the seventh inning, just when Boulder appeared on its way to a victory. Leading 3-1, the Bears got five consecutive hitters to reach base, and four of those came around to score. The Panthers had two costly fielding errors in the frame, allowing a win to wriggle off the hook.
“First game, we did things right and let it get away,” said shortstop Andrew McCarthy, “We had opportunities to score more guys and get guys in scoring position and boost our runs.”
While the next few days may pose a challenge and getting into the state tournament seems unlikely, McCarthy said the team still is showing signs of growth as the summer is concluding.
“The focus has always been the same, and that’s to show up to the yard and get better every day,” he said. “One thing with this summer is get close to everyone, get ready as a team to be a team in the spring. Every day, we’re coming to the field with the mentality of getting better and pushing each other.”
Follow Adam on Twitter: twitter.com/AdamDunivan24
Dayspring Bears 5, Boulder 4
At Scott Carpenter Park
Dayspring 000 100 4 — 5 9 1
Boulder 000 201 1 — 4 6 3
W — Lang. L — Feigal.
Dayspring hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Fowler 4-1-2-0, Magruder 4-1-0-0, Hardy 3-1-2-2, Hatton 2-1-2-1, Wieting 4-0-0-0, Hays 4-0-1-0, Ward 3-0-1-1, Lang 3-0-0-0, Rey 3-1-1-0. Totals 30-5-9-4. 2B —Fowler.
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — C. Stowe 3-2-1-0, McCarthy 3-0-1-1, Guegan 3-1-1-1, Sullivan 3-0-0-0, Ryan 3-0-1-1, Douglas 3-1-1-0, Gould 3-0-1-0, Burke 0-0-0-0, McBirney 2-0-0-1, Davis 3-0-0-0. Totals 26-4-6-4. 2B — Stowe, Guegan. SB —Burke.
Dayspring pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Lang 7-6-4-2-0-2.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Feigal 7-9-5-4-3-3.
Boulder 9, Dayspring 1
Dayspring 000 010 — 1 6 1
Boulder 141 111 — 9 11 0
W — Barnett. L — Ward.
Dayspring hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Fowler 3-0-1-0, Magruder 2-0-0-0, Hardy 3-0-1-0, Hatton 3-0-1-0, Wieting 2-0-1-0, Hays 3-1-1-0, Ward 2-0-0-0, Lang 2-0-0-0, Rey 2-0-1-1. Totals 22-1-6-1.
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Feigal 4-2-2-0, McCarthy 3-2-2-1, Sullivan 4-1-2-0, Ryan 2-0-1-2, Douglas 4-0-1-1, Burke 2-2-1-0, Gould 2-0-1-1, C. Stowe 1-1-0-0, McBirney 1-0-0-0, A. Stowe 3-1-1-1. Totals 26-9-11-6. 2B — Feigal, Ryan. 3B —Burke. SB —Feigal, McCarthy 3, Sullivan, Ryan, M. Guegan, C. Stowe 2, A. Stowe.
Dayspring pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Ward 1.1-5-5-5-3-0, Fowler 4.1-6-4-3-1-2.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Barnett 6-6-1-1-2-3.