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Boulder's Marcus Graves, left, puts down the tag on Las Vegas' Bryce Ruggeroli on Thursday at Scott Carpenter Field. More photos: BoCoPreps.com
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Boulder’s Marcus Graves, left, puts down the tag on Las Vegas’ Bryce Ruggeroli on Thursday at Scott Carpenter Field. More photos: BoCoPreps.com

You’re doing things right in life if you give gifts more than you receive them. On the baseball field, it just doesn’t quite work out that way often.

For the Boulder Legion Post 10 baseball team, the gifts they gave Nevada Post 76 came at the worst times, allowing for the visiting team to stage a massive last-gasp rally and walk away with a 13-12 victory Thursday afternoon at Scott Carpenter Park in the American Legion Western Region 8 tournament.

A six-run eighth inning had Boulder leading 12-7 on a team made up of some of the top players in the Las Vegas area — the big hit in the frame coming off the bat of Aiden Chandler — but the Nevada state champions reeled off six unanswered runs in the final two frames off just three hits to eliminate the tournament hosts.

Beau Capanna went 3 for 5 with four RBI for Nevada, but he might stake claim as having been given the biggest present of the entire contest — a second chance to see another pitch after having struck out in the ninth inning.

The shortstop for nationally ranked Bishop Gorman High School swung and missed at a 3-2 pitch from reliever Isaac Parks that was called a balk — therefore nullified — and Parks couldn’t find a third strike again on his next delivery.

Capanna ended up scoring the winning run, coming home from third base on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Bishop Gorman teammate Jordan Sadovia. Sadovia had three RBI as well, as Nevada moved on in the double-elimination tournament with a 1-1 mark.

“It’s always tough losing those type of games, but you have to learn from them and come back next year knowing we can play with these teams,” said Chandler, whose three-run home run made it 9-7 in the eighth inning.

Typical of an end-of-a-grinding-summer tournament, pitching wasn’t at its best on either side, and neither was defense. Between starting pitcher Barret Ingvaldsen and relievers Parks, Cason Winn and Cole Winn, Post 10 issued 14 walks to just four strikeouts.

On the other side, Nevada’s defense committed seven errors. Their willingness to toss the ball around helped Boulder Post 10 add to its lead once Chandler had provided it.

But a costly miscue from Boulder in the bottom of the ninth — a potential double play ball mishandled at shortstop — gave Nevada life with one out in the frame. After the balk was called, Andrew Newson drove two runs home with a single (the only hit of the inning) to tie the game at 12-12 and get Capanna to third base. Sadovia’s drive to left was just deep enough to allow Capanna to come home standing up.

“We came into this game thinking we could win all the way, and our confidence was high,” Chandler said. “They were very good hitters and were very disciplined. They made our pitchers earn every single (strike), and when you face good teams like that, you just have to keep competing.”

Jordan Wardell went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI for Boulder, and Luke Bote also had three hits. Cameron Mainland, Bote and Benjamin Davis scored twice apiece in the loss.

For Boulder, the summer in its entirety is seen as a success. The team — which does have players from Silver Creek, Faith Christian and Longmont (Ingvaldsen) — finished 33-17, making the Legion A state tournament in the process to go along with competing well at the regional. Their two loss came by a total of just four runs.

“There’s a great young core of players (for Boulder) and I just think it was a pleasure to play with them,” said Montana Guegan, a 2015 Boulder High graduate who was one of the few spring seniors to come back to play. “I think Adam (Stowe) is going to have a big year next year and lead the team, and all of those guys are just going to keep getting better.”

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Nevada Post 76 13, Boulder Post 10 12

At Scott Carpenter Park

Boulder Post 10 101 012 160 — 12 15 3

Nevada Post 76 410 011 024 — 13 9 7

W — Jack Kirvin. L — Isaac Parks.

Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Adam Stowe 4-1-0-0, Cam Mainland 4-2-1-1, Luke Bote 5-2-3-1, Aiden Chandler 5-1-3-4, Marcus Graves 5-1-2-1, Brendan Van Haute 5-0-1-0, Montana Guegan 3-0-0-0, Mason Hitz 1-1-1-1, Benjamin Davis 4-2-1-0, Jordan Wardell 5-2-3-2. Totals 41-12-15-10. 2B —Bote. HR —Chandler. SB —Stowe, Wardell.

Nevada hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Nicholas Israel 3-3-0-0, Jorel Hingada 4-4-2-0, Beau Capanna 5-3-3-4, Andrew Newson 4-2-2-3, Nicholas Hernandez 4-0-1-0, Jordan Sadovia 3-0-1-3, Myles Denson 5-0-0-0, Marques Paige 2-0-0-0, Bronson Bowe 2-0-0-0, Bryce Ruggeroli 2-1-0-1. 2B — Capanna. HR —Capanna. SB —Capanna, Newson.

Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Barret Ingvaldsen 4-4-6-3-6-1, Cole Winn 3.2-4-3-3-4-2, Cason Winn 0.2-0-1-1-1-1-1, Isaac Parks 0.1-1-3-0-3-0.

Nevada pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Matt Mitchell 5.1-8-5-3-1-4, Tyler McKee 1.2-4-5-4-2-1, Nicholas Hernandez 1.1-3-2-2-1-1, Jack Kirvin 0.2-0-0-0-2-0.

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