BROOMFIELD — The numbers are bedazzling, but a glaring omission occupied Logan Soole’s stat line. The Monarch standout hadn’t hit a home run this season.
Now he has two. In the same inning. Off two separate left-handers.
Of more consequence to the visiting Coyotes was that these homers were gigantic. Game-changing gigantic. The first one tied it and the second, a grand slam, put it away in Monarch’s 11-3 Front Range League win at Legacy on Tuesday.
“Who else do you want at the plate in those situations?” Monarch coach Scott Weiss said. “The name’s Logan Soole. I think he’s Front Range player of the year.”
Soole’s homers were part of a nine-run fifth for the Coyotes, who entered the inning down 3-2. The first by the left-handed hitter, bound for Southern Illinois, was a towering blast to right off Jared Crockett that cut through the wind to tie it 3-3. He came up later in the sixth with the bases loaded and homered down the right-field line against reliever Ryan Overboe.
“He’s a D-I hitter and there’s a reason he’s on top of the league in almost every offensive category,” Legacy coach Ty Giordano said. “You try to hope that throwing lefties against him might slow him down a bit, but he’s just a great player.”
Said Soole: “We’re trying to get hot going into the playoffs and see what we can do there, because that’s what matters.”
Monarch (9-2-1, 4-2) quickly trailed 3-0 as Legacy’s Crockett singled twice and scored two runs in the first two innings from the leadoff spot. But the Coyotes bullpen came in and shut things down in relief of starter Mitch Trenka. Jacob Stockebrand and Blake Rohm combined to retire 15 straight batters in one stretch.
With Legacy (6-8, 3-4) threatening to blow it open in the second, Stockebrand walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, but then escaped the jam with a strikeout to keep it 3-0. He then pitched two perfect innings, and Rohm finished up with three innings of one-hit relief to earn the win.
“Stockebrand did exactly what I asked him to do,” Weiss said. “I asked him to quiet the game down. We’ve been behind in games this year and we’ve always battled back. We had the confidence that three runs wasn’t going to beat us.”
Giordano agreed, saying: “I knew three runs wasn’t enough. We put up too many goose eggs after that.”
Before Soole’s heroics, junior catcher Daniel Boehmler helped the Coyotes claw back into contention. He led off the third and fifth with doubles, each of which led to runs by courtesy runner Joe Kumar. Then in the sixth, after Soole’s solo blast tied it, Jason Jacobs came through with a go-ahead RBI single and Boehmler followed with his third hit to plate another run.
Not shabby for someone who spent the weekend in New Orleans playing the trumpet for Monarch’s jazz band.
“The name of the game is just to keep the inning going, then you have things like a grand slam to tilt the game in your favor,” Boehmler said. “This is great. It’ll be good going into the next game with a lot of confidence.”
That next one comes in a hurry, a make-up game against Broomfield on Wednesday. Soole will start that one on the mound, which will prevent a matchup Saturday against Fairview star Ryan Madden. Soole was on track for that one before the recent bout of weather.
Weiss will get three remaining starts out of Soole by deploying him Wednesday, but only two if he waits until Saturday.
“I’d love to pitch that one because I love pitching in big games,” Soole said. “But Coach Weiss knows what he’s doing and I trust him in whatever he has to say.”
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W — Blake Rohm (1-1). L — Jared Crockett (1-2).
Monarch hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Blake Rohm 4-1-0-2, Zack Berohn 2-0-0-0, Tanner Trombley 1-1-0-1, Logan Soole 4-2-2-5, Zach Sattler 4-0-1-0, Jacob Stockebrand 4-1-1-0, Kyle Scholtz 3-1-2-0, Jason Jacobs 3-1-1-1, Daniel Boehmler 3-0-3-1, Joe Kumar 1-3-0-0, Keegan McNamara 1-0-1-0, Gus Light 2-1-0-0. Totals 32-11-11-10. 2B — Boehmler 2. HR — Soole 2 (solo in 6th; grand slam in 6th). SB — Sattler.
Legacy hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Jared Crockett 4-2-2-0, Matt Ayala 3-1-2-0, Jordan Luthi 4-0-2-1, Paul Thompson 2-0-1-1, Dario DeSantis 4-0-1-0, Ryker McDaniel 3-0-0-0, Brandon Pearce 3-0-0-0, Jeff Jaramillo 2-0-0-0, Ryan Overboe 1-0-0-0, Bradon O’Connor 3-0-0-0, Wyatt Cross 0-0-0-0. Totals 29-3-8-2.
Monarch pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Mitch Trenka 1.2-7-3-2-0-0, Stockebrand 2.1-0-0-0-1-3, Rohm 3-1-0-0-0-4.
Legacy pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Crockett 5.1-5-5-3-1-4, Overboe 1.2-6-6-5-2-2.