LAFAYETTE — Ryan Madden came to the plate Friday needing only a home run to complete the cycle.
Typically for a player in that situation, the success rate is less than 10 percent. But the way things were going for Fairview in the opening game of a doubleheader at Centaurus, it seemed certain to happen.
It sure did.
Even though Madden had yet to homer all summer and admitted he was fully trying for one (typically a surefire way not to), he clobbered a drive over the 403-feet marker in center field, punctuating the Knights’ 25-2 Legion A win over the host Warriors in the opener.
“It’s always really cool and you never want to waste at-bats,” said Madden, who also homered in the second game. “Cam (Frazier) did it earlier in the year, so now he’s not the only one who can say that. So that’s good.”
Fairview needed dramatics of a different sort to sweep the doubleheader with 15-13 victory in Game 2. The Knights scored five runs with two outs in the top of the seventh to avoid the split, the final three coming home on Johnny Feauto’s three-run triple.
White-hot Tim Ryan went deep in both games, and Frazier and Jake Thoning added homers in the opener to pace a loud 21-hit attack for the Knights. Madden, who went 7 for 11 overall, wasn’t merely craving solid contact in his final at-bat of the opener.
He was trying to fully muscle up on one.
“I guess I was,” Madden said. “I try a lot, though.”
Ryan, who is in one of those Tim Ryan hot zones, saw Madden’s cycle coming.
“It didn’t surprise me, because we were all talking about it in the dugout,” Ryan said. “Johnny said that he only needed a home run, and he hit one. It was pretty exciting. He was pretty happy.”
Ryan went 3 for 5 with six RBIs with a gigantic homer to left in the opener and added a solo home run in Game 2. Primarily a defensive back in football last season, Ryan will be one of the Knights’ go-to targets in the passing game this fall.
He has been concentrating mostly on football and only plays baseball during live games. It begs the question how he has continued to stay so zoned in.
“Just not thinking,” he said. “Hitting pitches that are strikes.”
As the Knights gear up for next week’s Legion A state tourney, coach Rick Harig is letting some young arms get some experience behind the clout of the powerful lineup. Tyler Carpenter earned the win in the opener with five solid innings before three pitchers persevered through a wild second game.
“We brought up some of the A2 guys, and we really want them to compete and throw strikes,” Harig said. “For them, facing a 4A team is not a lower level. It’s a pretty high level to them. It’s nice to have that firepower behind you, so they don’t have to worry if they give up a couple runs.”
Centaurus put up more than a few in Game 2. Brandon Larson’s three-run double highlighted a nine-run fifth, and the Warriors took a 13-10 lead into the seventh. Balin Jessip, who went the distance, then fanned the first two hitters.
It appeared the Warriors had won when Cannon Casey grounded out to second to end it, but catcher’s interference was ruled and he was safe at first. Madden followed with an RBI single, Ryan a run-scoring double, then Feauto put the finishing touches on the rally a few batters later.
“Fairview’s a really good team, and I think a lot of our stuff is our confidence,” Centaurus coach Aaron Allen said. “Our kids don’t think we can go out there and compete against anybody and everybody, but the coaching staff believes that they can.”
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Fairview 25, Centaurus 2
At Centaurus HS
Fairview 137 68 — 25 21 1
Centaurus 000 11 — 2 6 5
W — Carpenter. L — Titus.
Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Frazier 5-2-2-4, Casey 4-4-3-2, Madden 6-4-4-2, Ryan 5-3-3-6, Thoning 2-3-2-2, Feauto 5-2-2-1, Kearney 5-2-2-2, Tyse 3-3-1-0, Stangoni 3-2-2-3. Totals 36-25-21-22. 2B — Ryan 2, Madden. 3B — Madden. HR — Frazier, Thoning, Ryan, Madden.
Centaurus hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Jessip 3-0-0-0, Archuleta 3-0-1-0, LoSasso 2-1-1-0, Neitenbach 3-0-2-1, Chacon 3-0-0-0, Larson 3-0-1-1, Gambon 1-0-0-0, Milano 2-0-0-0, MacDonald 1-1-1-0. Totals 21-2-6-2. 2B — LoSasso. SB — Neitenbach.
Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Carpenter 5-6-2-2-3-7.
Centaurus pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Titus 1.2-3-4-3-5-1, Archuleta 2.2-16-19-11-3-2, Larson 0.2-2-2-2-0.
Fairview 15, Centaurus 13
At Centaurus HS
Fairview 203 032 5 — 15 14 4
Centaurus 102 091 0 — 13 8 4
W — McGill. L — Jessip.
Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Frazier 4-2-1-0, Casey 4-3-1-1, Madden 5-3-3-3, Ryan 4-3-2-2, Thoning 3-2-1-2, Stangoni 1-1-0-0, Feauto 5-1-4-5, Kearney 5-0-1-1, Tyse 4-0-0-1, McGill 3-0-1-0. Totals 37-15-14-15. 2B —Ryan. 3B — Feauto. HR — Ryan, Madden. SB —Frazier.
Centaurus hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Angevine 3-1-1-3, Gambon 3-1-1-0, Archuleta 2-2-1-0, LoSasso 3-1-0-1, Larson 5-3-3-4, Milano 4-1-0-0, MacDonald 2-2-0-0, Chacon 2-0-0-0, Neitenbach 2-2-2-2, Weber 2-1-0-0. Totals 28-14-8-10. 2B — Archuelta, Larson, Neitenbach. SB — Gambon.
Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Scheufele 4.1-3-6-3-5-3, Stangni 0-1-4-2-1-0, McGill 2.2-4-3-1-2-1.
Centaurus pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Jessip 7-14-15-6-4-6.