BOULDER — Sometimes, it is as easy as looking at the scoreboard or timing the postgame meeting in the outfield.
For the Longmont Twins Blue baseball team on Friday morning, there just wasn’t much head coach Haas Pratt had to say after watching his team commit eight errors in their American Legion A State Tournament opener.
The snowman in the wrong column up in lights at Scott Carpenter Park said it all. Each error was a land mine in the team’s 14-4 loss to Pomona, ending their summer a lot sooner than expected.
“There wasn’t a lot of talk about the ‘why,’ when you put up eight errors and it could have been 12,” Pratt said after the game, which ended in mercy-rule fashion after eight innings. “By far the worst of taking care of the baseball this summer.
“It’s definitely not how we drew things up or what we expected.”
Were the same game to be played out two days ago, when the tournament was supposed to have started with a double-elimination format, the potential for a rebound existed.
Thanks to the rains that pummeled the area the past couple days, the 8-team bracket went to single-elimination. Seeded second with thoughts of advancing to the American Legion Region 8 tournament in Arizona next week, the Twins instead were the second team to be eliminated.
“It’s never fun to have these games, but especially at the end of the year and we know we’re a better team than that,” outfielder Cameron Yee said. “There was a lot a good baseball, and it just didn’t come out like that today. That’s baseball.
“They had a lot of opportunities, even if they didn’t hit it hard. And we hit the ball hard but they didn’t fall.”
Pomona swung the bats against starter Will Amen, as he gave up nine runs and 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings. But the gaffes began as soon as the first inning and came to a head in the fourth frame as Pomona scored six runs with the help of two miscues.
The Twins were error-free in just the seventh and eighth innings, and only in one frame did an error not hurt the squad.
Pressing themselves in the field led to hacking away more than usual in the batter’s box, too. Facing Pomona’s hard-throwing Jake McCort, the Twins were able to tie the game at 2-2 in the third inning with runs by Amen and Tyler Hamby, but managed just two hits through the first five innings.
Kyler LeRoux, Tanner Kirkpatrick and Hamby each had a pair of hits to lead the team’s offense.
“I think we tried to do too much, instead of just focusing on one thing at a time,” said LeRoux.
Friday’s disappointment could not curtail the overall feelings of enjoyment on the part of the players as well as Pratt in his first year as head coach of the team.
LeRoux, a stalwart in the Longmont High lineup, was stoked to team up with a heavy infantry of Niwot players.
“I told the guys to not let this reflect the entire summer, because we had a great summer and I think they had a fun time with this program,” Pratt said. “I certainly did. I appreciate the way they worked hard.”
“It makes me smile every time I think about this team, because in the spring we always go against each other,” LeRoux added. “When we’re teammates, you realize the respect you have for each other.”
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Pomona 14, Twins Blue 4
At Scott Carpenter Park
Pomona 101 613 02 — 14 18 4
Twins Blue 002 001 10 — 4 8 8
W — McCort. L — Amen.
Twins Blue hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Platt 4-0-0-0, Yee 3-0-1-0, Katechis 3-0-0-1, Kinnison 4-1-1-0, LeRoux 4-0-2-0, Reigle 4-0-0-0, Kirkpatrick 4-0-2-1, Amen 1-1-0-0, Larimore 1-0-0-0, Caruso 1-0-0-0, Hamby 3-2-2-0. Totals 32-4-8-2. 2B — LeRoux. SB —Amen, Hamby.
Twins Blue pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Amen 4.2-12-9-4-1-4, Elrod 1.1-3-3-2-2-1, Cintora 2-3-2-2-1-0.