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Brad Cochi/ BoCoPreps.com
Brad Cochi / BoCoPreps.com
LONGMONT — Juan Chaparro missed six of the Skyline baseball team’s first eight games this spring for a number of different reasons.
The Falcons are glad to have him back.
Since he returned to the Falcons’ lineup, Chaparro is batting .667 with five extra-base hits in four games. On Saturday, the senior third baseman went 3-for-4 to help spur the Falcons (6-6, 4-4) in a 14-4 win over Tri-Valley League rival Frederick (2-12, 0-8) at Skyline High School, and he is currently riding a streak of nine hits in his last 12 at-bats.
For Chaparro, the key to his recent string of white-hot hitting has simply been not pressing too much while still trying to make up for lost time.
“It’s just been good practicing and doing stuff with the team,” Chaparro said. “I knew I had to come in hot to help out the team. So that’s what I’ve been trying to do: produce for the team and do my best. It’s just working for me right now and I’m having fun with my teammates.”
With Chaparro hitting everything he sees in the three-hole, the Falcons have now won their last three games. Early in Saturday’s game, however, it appeared their streak may not reach three games and that the Frederick Warriors, who have now lost five in a row, would have a good chance to end an early-spring swoon.
Capitalizing on a trio of walks in the top of the second inning, the Warriors had three hits and scored four runs in the frame to take a 4-1 lead on the road. In the bottom of the fourth, the Falcons batted around and scored nine runs on eight hits to pull back into the lead for good.
Skyline added three more runs in the fifth, and in the bottom of the sixth Falcons center fielder Grayden Bridwell tripled and scored on a Braeden Elwood single to enact the 10-run mercy rule and end the game.
“Frederick is a sneaky team and they kind of get out early, and they got on us quick,” Skyline head coach Travis Schlagel said. “But I think we kept our cool and knew that if we continued to play our game, we’d get back in it. It only took one swing to get everybody going and we just kept grinding to push across nine runs in that inning. Everybody got involved so it was really fun.”
Brandon Hornby, who is batting .296 on the season, had two of Frederick’s five hits Saturday. For the Warriors, who have played four games in each of the past two weeks, head coach Blaine Shirley hopes not having a game until they host Roosevelt on Thursday will give the Warriors a chance to regroup and rest up a bit for the home stretch.
“We’re young and we’re still trying to figure it out here, halfway through,” Shirley said. “We’re coming together better as a team so hopefully we can make this final push to try to get back on track for the rest of the season.”
Skyline will host Northridge on Tuesday.
Skyline 14, Frederick 4
At Skyline H.S.
Frederick 040 000 0 — 4 5 4
Skyline 100 931 0 — 14 16 1
W — Hart. L — Bacca.
Frederick hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Hoffman 2-1-1-0, Hazlett 3-1-1-1, Formby 1-0-0-0, Dufour 3-0-0-0, Hornby 3-0-2-2, Gockley 3-0-0-0, Sanders 1-1-0-0, Weingart 3-0-0-0, Bacca 3-0-1-1, Wallace 0-1-0-0. Totals 22-4-5-4. 2B —Hazlett. SB —Hoffman.
Skyline hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Bridwell 4-3-2-1, Elwood 4-2-2-3, Chaparro 4-2-3-1, Wi. Drewes 4-2-3-3, NcGregor 4-2-2-1, Wy. Drewes 2-1-1-0, Hart 1-0-0-0, N. Chavez 2-0-0-1, Gutierrez 2-0-2-1, Stanich 1-1-0-0, P. Chavez 4-1-1-0, Helmstetter 0-0-0-0, Knudsvig 0-0-0-0. Totals 33-14-16-11. 2B — McGregor 2, Chaparrao, Wi. Drewes. 3B —Bridwell. SB — Bridwell 2, Wy. Drewes 2, P. Chavez, Wi. Drewes, McGregor.
Frederick pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Bacca 3.1-8-7-6-1-1, Hornby 2-8-7-4-2-2.
Skyline pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hart 3.1-4-4-4-8-4, Chavez 2.2-1-0-0-0-3.