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Brad Cochi / BoCoPreps.com
Brad Cochi / BoCoPreps.com
MEAD — The Holy Family and Mead baseball teams sure had a long time off between game one and game two of this weather-devastated spring’s Tri-Valley League series.
Holy Family won the series opener, 4-1 at Holy Family, back on April 9. Then between weather cancellations, the teams were forced to wait until Monday to play a rescheduled second game.
With heavy rain on Sunday night and dismal weather throughout the day Monday, even the makeup season finale was in doubt until mid-day — a full 12 days later. But they got it in, finally.
In the long-awaited series finale at Mead High School on Monday, Holy Family held off a late rally from the Mavericks to win, 6-4, and complete the sweep.
“Any way we get a W in league, I’m happy,” Tigers head coach Marc Cowell said. “This game was moved and we don’t have any contact with our players during Easter break, so we really haven’t seen live bullets for quite a while. Mead is a lot better than their record indicates, so we knew we were in for a dogfight.”
Despite being swept in the series, the Mavericks (3-8, 2-4) gave the Tigers (9-4, 5-1) more trouble than they had with any of the three previous teams they played on their current five-game win streak. In three games prior to their series with Mead, the Tigers had outscored their opponents 39-10.
In both chapters of the series, both coaches agreed the games were decided by which team started faster. In both games, the Mavericks gave up at least three runs in the first two innings before settling down for the final five. By then, with Class 4A No. 6-ranked Holy Family’s deep and talented pitching staff, it was too late both times.
On Monday, Holy Family jumped out to a big lead with four runs on three hits in a first inning that began with leadoff hitter Nick McGowan reaching first base on a dropped third strike. The Mavericks scored two runs in the third and two more in the sixth to pull within one run late.
In the top of the seventh, however, McGowan gave the Tigers some breathing room with an inside-the-park home run. McGowan’s first homer of the season was both a critical play for the Tigers and a deliciously unusual highlight for the senior outfielder.
“I was just trying to put the ball in play hard somewhere,” McGowan said. “Luckily, it carried over the outfielder’s head and I was able to score a big insurance run for the team. It caught me off guard when I saw coach send me because I didn’t think I had a chance. When I heard him yelling, ‘Get there, get there, get there,’ I just put my head down.”
Mead’s Cory Boaz reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the seventh and advanced to second base on a groundout. But despite sending the tying runner to the plate three times, the Mavericks, who have lost three straight, couldn’t tie the game.
“That’s kind of been our Achilles’ heel this season, just having one bad inning,” Mead head coach Randy Click said. “Giving up four early in the game hurt our chances of getting a win but Holy Family is a good hitting team, so all credit to them. We’re trying to figure out ways to minimize that because I don’t think our record is indicative of the talent that we have and we have a pretty tough end to the schedule coming up.”
Holy Family is scheduled to host a league game against Berthoud (6-6, 4-4) on Thursday. Mead will host Fort Morgan (8-5, 4-3) for the Mavericks’ seventh league game on Thursday.
Holy Family 6, Mead 4
At Mead H.S.
Holy Family (9-4, 5-1) 400 100 1 — 6 8 2
Mead (3-8, 2-4) 002 002 0 — 4 6 2
W — Siefken. L — Jacobs.
Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — McGowan 4-2-1-1, Baker 4-1-2-1, Becker 4-1-1-1, Kringlen 3-1-1-1, Callaway 2-0-0-1, Delgado 2-1-1-0, King 3-0-2-1, Perez 3-0-0-0, Martinek 3-0-0-0, McFarland 0-0-0-0, Siefken 0-0-0-0. Totals 29-6-8-6. 2B — Baker, Becker, Delgado, King, Kringlen. HR — McGowan (solo in 7th).
Mead hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — French 3-0-1-0, McDaniel 4-0-0-0, Jacobs 4-1-1-0, Veltien 3-1-1-0, Zsidisin 3-0-0-0, Smith 1-0-0-0, young 2-0-0-0, Dudley 1-0-1-2, Goodrich 3-1-1-0, Boaz 3-1-1-0, Platt 0-0-0-0, Sears 0-0-0-0. Totals 27-4-6-2. SB — Boaz, French, Goodrich.
Holy Family pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Siefken 4-3-2-0-2-9, McFarland 3-3-2-2-1-5.
Mead pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Jacobs 5-6-5-4-0-5, Dudley 2-2-1-1-0-3.