Baseball: Silver Creek taking the optimistic approach to weather delays

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    Longmont''s Brady Renck has helped the Trojans to a 7-3 record by hitting .588 and knocking in 13 runs so far.

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    Silver Creek''s Tanner Regan throws a pitch during a recent game at Mountain View in Loveland. The Raptors have managed to avoid a lot of the weather issues many teams have dealt with and are 10-2 with 11 games still to go on the regular season schedule.

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    Centaurus'' Marcus Van Zee takes a cut in a game against Longmont earlier this season.



Perhaps even more than usual, Colorado’s spring weather is wreaking havoc on its prep baseball teams’ schedules.

But at least one team in the area has escaped the Centennial State’s snowy devastation relatively unscathed.

The No. 3-ranked Silver Creek Raptors have played a dozen games, which is more than most teams can say at this point in mid-April. And with less than a month left in the regular season, the Raptors are front-running the 4A Northern League with a 10-2 overall record and an unblemished 4-0 conference mark.

Must be nice.

“We’re actually in a good spot,” Silver Creek head coach Brad Steward said. “We were able to get our games made up from early on in the season. We have a bunch of games next week, but we really aren’t that backed up. We’re lucky. It actually kind of helps us because now we get three games a week and we don’t have to grind through those long practice weeks without a game. If this keeps up, though, we might end up in a logjam like a lot of other teams.”

This spring’s weather may not be affecting the Raptors but they haven’t been able to avoid another detrimental development that has increasingly plagued all high school sports in recent years. That would be a shortage of officials.

“We were scrambling the other day,” Steward said. “We were in a spot where we were looking at the coaches calling the lower level games. For the varsity, we’re pretty well taken care of but where you really start to see it is with those other games where it’s hard to get enough guys to referee throughout the week.”

Despite the obvious difficulties this spring has sprung on prep sports in Colorado, the Silver Creek baseball team is proof that it hasn’t been all doom and gloom over the past couple months.

Here are a few other developments in baseball to keep an eye on as the final month of the regular season unfolds:

Switching up the state scene: On Friday, the Colorado High School Activities Association announced that the Class 4A baseball state tournament was moving to a new venue.

Because a second Denver-area site to pair with All-Star Park was unavailable, the 4A state tournament will now be held at the Rocky Mountain Vibes’ stadium and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs’ Mountain Lion Park in Colorado Springs. The state tournament is scheduled to begin May 24.

The Rocky Mountain Vibes are the Rookie-Advanced minor league affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

All-Star Park in Lakewood and All-City Field in Denver will co-host the 5A tournament.

Trojans finding their footing: After opening the season with a 3-3 start, the Longmont baseball team has won four in a row and is currently ranked seventh in the poll. The Trojans have won in a number of different ways during their current win streak, scoring double-digit runs twice and holding their other two opponents to one or fewer runs. Longmont senior Brady Renck continues to pace the Trojans lineup, batting .588 with four doubles, three triples, three home runs, 13 RBIs and nine stolen bases.

Holy Family pitching stays hot: The Tigers are ranked eighth in Class 4A and much of their success can be attributed to their pitching talent. Holy Family has won four straight games and has allowed a total of four runs in their last three. The Tigers go four pitchers deep with a rotation that features seniors Weston Siefken (1.77 ERA), Collin Kringlen (3.23), Jordon McFarland (3.63), as well as sophomore Izaak Siefken (5.48), and boast a team ERA of 3.42.

Broomfield Eagles taking flight: Over the past three weeks, the Broomfield baseball team has won five out of the six games they have played. Senior Zach Macosko has been hitting the cover off the ball, sitting with a .529 batting average, three triples and a team-leading seven RBIs through six games played. He also leads the Eagles with a 2.00 ERA and 28 strikeouts over a team-high 28 innings on the mound.

Boulder boys keep rising: When the Boulder summer program won the Legion B state title two summers ago, it was a potential sign of things to come. The Panthers have followed through and sit at 6-3 so far this spring. Panthers junior Dorsey Chatham has emerged as one of the state’s best hitters and boasts a .300 batting average with three home runs and seven RBIs.

Fairview bats starting to heat up: The Knights have lost their last two games but several of their bigger hitters are starting to find their swings. In particular, Knights sophomore Adam Moser is batting .381 with a double, two triples and a home run, and has driven in five runs.

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