Baseball: Holy Family’s approach falters against Windsor

Tigers drop first game in critical conference series

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Holy Family’s Jordon McFarland fires a pitch toward home plate during their Tri-Valley League game Thursday against Windsor. McFarland was the hard-luck losing pitcher in the Wizards’ 5-1 victory.

BROOMFIELD – For weeks now, it has been clear that the Tri-Valley League baseball title would be determined by a two-game series between Holy Family and Windsor in early May.

In the opening contest of Thursday’s decisive home-and-away series, Windsor, the eighth-ranked team in Class 5A, won 5-1 over Holy Family – 4A’s No. 7 – at Holy Family High School.

For Holy Family, a club that to-date had meticulously picked apart most of its opponents and had won nine straight, suddenly something was missing. The Tigers’ approach at the plate just wasn’t there.

“Their guy did a great job mixing it up and I give all credit to him but our approach was equally terrible today,” Holy Family head coach Marc Cowell said. “He was definitely effective but we were chasing things that were not even close to the zone. I don’t know if he got into our heads or if we were just guessing.

“Of course we want to be in the picture for the Tri-Valley League title, so losing today adds some pressure on that front. But even if for some reason they sweep us, we still have four big games coming up. The Tri-Valley is nice, but what we want is the postseason and we really want to be better then than we are today.”

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Holy Family’s Collin Kringlen swings on a pitch delivered by Windsor’s Paiden Falcetti on Thursday afternoon in Broomfield.

The Wizards (15-3, 11-1) busted the game open with a two-run second inning. They added a run in the third and two more in the fourth.

The loss was a tough pill to swallow for the Tigers (13-5, 9-2) and starter Jordon McFarland, who allowed just one earned run on a solo home run by Windsor’s Derek Baessler.

“Four unearned runs; you can’t do that against a team like Windsor,” Cowell said. “They’re going to make you pay and they did. Those four runs are the difference in the game.”

Zach Becker, Jacob Callaway and AJ Perez combined for Holy Family’s three total hits in the game. Sophomore Izaak Siefken threw two scoreless innings in relief, striking out four batters while allowing just three hits.

Holy Family at Windsor will complete their series on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m.

Windsor 5, Holy Family 1

At Holy Family H.S.

Windsor (15-3, 11-1) 021 200 0 – 5 11 1

Holy Family (13-5, 9-2) 000 010 0 – 1 3 2

W – Falcetti. L – McFarland.

Windsor hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) – Baessler 4-1-1-1, Morfin 3-0-0-0, Lockner 4-0-1-0, Thornton 4-1-2-0, Martinez 4-0-2-0, Myatt 4-1-0-0, Schumacher 3-1-1-0, Rogers 3-1-3-2, Rossow 0-0-0-0, Hansen 3-0-0-0, Plahuta 0-0-0-0, Falcetti 0-0-0-0. Totals 33-5-11-3. 2B – Schumacher. HR – Baessler (solo in third).

Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) – McGowan 4-0-0-0, Baker 2-0-0-0, Becker 3-0-1-1, Kringlen 2-0-0-0, Callaway 2-0-1-0, Delgado 3-0-0-0, King 3-0-0-0, Perez 3-1-1-0, Martinek 3-0-0-0, Cooney 0-0-0-0, McFarland 0-0-0-0, Siefken 0-0-0-0. Totals 25-1-3-1. 2B – Callaway.

Windsor pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Falcetti 4.2-3-1-1-2-8, Martinez 2.1-0-0-0-0-6.

Holy Family pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – McFarland 5-8-5-1-0-4, Siefken 2-3-0-0-0-4.