BROOMFIELD — No need to call a search party for the missing Holy Family bats. They were located Saturday.
A day after proving they can win a tight, low-scoring game, the Tigers reignited the offensive attack in a 15-7 home win against Berthoud. It completed a two-day sweep against the Spartans, following up a 3-0 win at Berthoud on Friday behind five scoreless innings from Austin Brown.
“It was a good win yesterday, but it wasn’t our baseball,” Tigers coach Eric Nakayama said. “Today we played more of our baseball. We still have some things to clean up, but this is more of the Holy Family baseball that we’re used to.”
The Tigers (3-1 overall, 2-0 Tri-Valley League) were in a mini-funk with the bats, having scored a mere seven runs over the past two games. They equaled that total in the first inning, putting together a rally highlighted by sophomore John Coufal’s first varsity homer and a two-run triple by Jake Karty.
It allowed pitcher Nick Kreutzer to overcome a shaky first two innings on the mound to cruise to his first win of the season. Kreutzer, one of the holdovers from the Tigers’ back-to-back championships in Class 3A before the Tigers moved up to 4A this season, was thankful the offense was back in gear. It allowed him to persevere through his early struggles.
“I was a little antsy because I didn’t have a good start last time, and I had a little something to prove,” Kreutzer said. “But I calmed down and settled in.”
After permitting the Spartans (1-5, 0-4) five runs in the first two innings, Kreutzer allowed only one run in his final three before Xavier Chavez finished up on the mound.
After spotting Berthoud a 2-0 lead in the first, the Tigers never trailed again after their first-inning eruption. Coufal’s two-run blast, a towering skyscraper to left field, put Holy Family in front 3-2.
“I was just trying to hit the ball hard, get a line drive and help out the team,” Coufal said. “Alex (Comeaux) was on third, so I was trying to get a base hit. By the grace of God, I put a good swing on it and it went over. It felt nice.”
Brown, Comeaux and Kreutzer had two hits apiece for the Tigers, who finally feel like the season is rolling.
“We really haven’t had too many practices and bullpen sessions, so we’re kind of flying by the seat of our pants right now,” Nakayama said. “But the kids are answering.”
In the shutout win on Friday, the Tigers stranded 11 runners. Perhaps it was just the matter of getting back on their home diamond for the first time, but runners in scoring position generally found home plate in this one.
Holy Family’s move to 4A has been coupled with mass graduation losses from last season, so the Tigers understandably might take a while to start playing vintage ball.
“We’ve got a long ways to go,” Kreutzer said. “We’re still learning. We have to learn that it’s not last year’s team. We had 11 seniors last year and we had a lot of fun and we messed around a lot.
“But we moved up a classification this year so it’s time to settle in and get to work.”
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Holy Family 15, Berthoud 7
At Holy Family HS
231 001 0 — 7 11 5
731 301 X — 15 11 1
W — Kreutzer (1-1). L — Levy (0-2).
Berthoud hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Ryan DeMoudt 3-2-1-0, Syd Levy 4-2-3-1, Isaac Bracken 4-2-3-1, Josh Archer 4-0-1-2, Luke Punching 4-0-0-0, Ty Pectin 1-1-1-0, Bryce Crowell 3-0-1-1, Colin Devore 1-0-0-0, Scott Zigray 3-0-1-0, Jake Yuska 1-0-0-0, Craig Singiser 3-0-0-0. Totals 31-7-11-5. 2B — DeMoudt, Levy, Bracken, Archer. SB — Pectin 2, DeMoudt, Bracken.
Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Andrew Tinnon 2-1-0-0, Austin Brown 5-3-2-1, Alex Comeaux 4-1-2-1, John Coufal 4-1-1-2, Nick Kreutzer 4-0-2-1, Thomas Vassos 0-2-0-0, Kennedy Phillips 3-2-1-0, Jake Karty 2-3-1-2, Joe Jachimiak 2-0-1-2, Paul Elliot 4-2-1-1, Cam Miller 0-0-0-0. Totals 30-15-11-10. 2B — Comeaux, Kreutzer. 3B —Karty. HR —Comeaux (one on in 1st). SB — Karty, Elliot.
Berthoud pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Levy 2-6-10-8-6-1, DeMoudt 1-3-1-1-0-0, Devore 1-2-3-1-1-1-1, Yuska 1-0-0-0-0-0, Crowell 1-0-1-0-2-0.
Holy Family pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Kreutzer 5-9-6-5-0-5, Xavier Chavez 2-2-1-1-1-4.