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    Holy Family's Colton Clingman, right, tosses the ball to Weston Siefken to get the out at first against Erie Saturday morning. Clingman hit a walk-off sac fly in the bottom of the ninth to lift Holy Family to the win. Go to for more photos.

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    Hunter Nelson, left, is congratulated by teammate Zach Ellison after Nelson hit a two-run home run in the first inning of Saturday's game at Holy Family.

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    Erie's Ethan Fiallo dives back to first base while Colton Clingman waits to make a tag during Saturday's game at Holy Family. Go to for more photos.



BROOMFIELD — After losing a slugfest to the Erie Tigers on Thursday despite a solid comeback bid, the Holy Family baseball team wasn’t going down easily in the second game of the series on Saturday.

At Holy Family High School, the Holy Family boys fell behind Erie again. But this time, they were able to come back to tie the game not once but twice, and senior left-handed hitting first baseman Colton Clingman hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to split the Tri-Valley League series.

“We played some good defense and that helped us out,” Clingman said. “We strung some hits together at the right times and it worked out for us. In that last at-bat, I was thinking about pulling it but I decided I didn’t want to hit it on the ground and get a double play. I just needed to get it in the air because I knew he could tag and that’s what happened.”

Coming off a 14-10 victory over Holy Family (2-2, 1-1 Tri-Valley) in which it led 9-0 after the first inning, Erie (1-3, 1-1 Tri-Valley) jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Saturday. In the rematch, however, Holy Family responded with a run in the second and a four-run fifth that gave them the lead.

Erie tied the game in the sixth and the teams went scoreless until Erie’s John Mirabassi singled to drive in Zach Elliston from second base in the top of the ninth inning. In the bottom of the inning, Holy Family’s Zach Becker scored on a game-tying double from Phillip Neill, and Cameron Miller and Will Brassil worked back-to-back walks to load the bases.

On a 3-1 count with one out, Clingman lined the ball out to left field and Neill scored easily from third to end the game.

“We haven’t put a full game together yet this year,” Holy Family head coach Marc Cowell said. “We’ve given up a big inning every single game. Yesterday we had a team meeting and talked about where we want to go with this season and what it’s going to take. The guys committed to what we talked about and today we finally put together what I’d consider a Holy Family baseball game, so I’m very proud of them for coming back twice and winning this one.”

Erie starter Ruben Portillo allowed three earned runs while striking out 10 over seven innings. Erie’s Hunter Nelson and Holy Family’s Wayne Rode each homered in the contest.

Holy Family will play Frederick (1-3, 0-2 Tri-Valley) on Tuesday. Erie will play Delta (2-2, 1-0 3A Western Slope) on Thursday.

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Holy Family 7, Erie 6 (9)

At Holy Family H.S.

Erie (2-2, 1-1)
220 001 001 — 6 8 4

Holy Family (2-2, 1-1)
010 040 002 — 7 8 1

W — Elliot. L — Lutgens.

Erie hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Elliston 5-1-1-2, Mirabassi 4-1-2-1, Nelson 3-1-1-2, Portillo 4-0-0-0, Sackett 4-0-1-0, Couper 0-1-0-0, Deckert 3-0-2-0, Milner 4-0-0-1, Fiallo 2-1-0-0, Kelly 1-0-0-0, Mayers 2-1-1-0, McLaughlin 0-0-0-0, Lutgens 0-0-0-0, Thoren 0-0-0-0. Totals 32-6-8-6. 2B — Elliston. HR — Nelson (1 on in 1st). SB — Deckert 2, Mayers.

Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Rode 5-1-1-1, McGarey 0-0-0-0, Becker 4-2-2-0, Neill 4-2-2-2, Cam Miller 4-0-0-0, Brassil 4-2-2-1, Clingman 4-0-0-1, Seifken 4-0-1-1, Hiron 0-0-0-0, Callaway 4-0-0-0, Elliott 4-0-0-0, Martinek 0-0-0-0. Totals 37-7-8-6. 2B — Becker, Neill. HR — Rode (solo in 5th). SB — Becker, Clingman, Miller, McGarey.

Erie pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Portillo 7-7-5-3-2-10, Lutgens 1.1-1-2-0-1-0, Thoren 0.1-0-0-0-1-0.

Holy Family pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Seifken 6-4-5-5-5-6, Elliott 3-4-1-1-2-2.

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