LOUISVILLE — Greysen Carter and Zach Given went toe-to-toe from the mound Saturday in a pitcher’s duel that also pitted Front Range League rivals Fairview and Monarch. And with a couple of executed small-ball plays on the road, Fairview was able to edge Monarch 2-1 for the rivalry win at MoHi.
“Our team knew that to make the playoffs we had to play to the best of our abilities,” Carter said. “This is obviously our rival team which makes it that much better. We’re all so hyped and the energy that the team had was amazing.”
Carter, whose sister Peyton was a star basketball player for the Coyotes, kept the Monarch lineup off-balance throughout the game, working ahead in the count with a hard fastball and using his curveball to keep the hitters in check. He would face the minimum number of hitters in the first three innings and left one baserunner on through four.
“I just had my rhythm going and my fastball was hitting the zone,” Carter said. “My curveball started getting better throughout the innings which helped me strike a lot of people out. I was just staying in my rhythm. They were trying to get in my head, but I was able to block it out.”
As his pitch count went up, Carter was forced to maneuver around a pair of walks in the fifth inning that presented the first scoring chance for Monarch. Settling in, he struck out Davis Elliott and got Jake Given to hit a soft grounder back to him for the final out.
“My release point was kind of behind me when my arm was getting tired,” Carter said. “I found a way to make an adjustment, throw harder and that made my ball go up in the zone a little more.”
Carter’s no-hitter stretched to five innings, but a sixth-inning double from Tyson Trofino and a seventh-inning home run from Ben Kowalski forced Fairview coach David Castillo to look to Adam Hoestetter for only the second time this year to get the final two outs for the save — which he did with a pair of strikeouts against the only two batters he faced.
“Hoestetter is an amazing pitcher,” Carter said. “It was amazing to see him come out and close the game.”
Fairview needed the dominant pitching effort as Monarch had its top ace throwing a gem on the other side in Zach Given. The senior allowed seven hits and walked two but got by with limited damage thanks to eight strikeouts.
“(Given) has been effective all year for us,” Monarch coach Scott Weiss said. “He’s got a great running fastball and then he throws his slider really well. He just had good command and he made big pitches when he had to.”
Given limited Fairview from extending its lead in the seventh — the Knights had bases loaded with no outs. The small-ball FHS played earlier in the game, however, was just enough.
The limited offense in the game came from manufactured at-bats by Fairview in the second and sixth inning to score a run in each. Kyle Komarinsky executed the squeeze bunt with Brett Jones on third to bring him home for the first run. A sac bunt from David Hopkins gave the team two chances to bring home a runner in scoring position in the sixth, accomplished two batters later by Travis Rasmussen with a single.
“That’s how this league is,” Castillo said. “It comes down to getting those runs like that. You’re going to face a guy like Zach Given, a guy like Greysen Carter (on the mound). It’s very important to execute those runs.”
The last week of the regular season will be a busy and critical one for both teams as they chase a postseason bid. Fairview is scheduled to play four games while Monarch still has to play seven games in nine playable days. Both teams will meet again next Saturday at Scott Carpenter Park in Boulder.
Fairview 2, Monarch 1
At Monarch High School
Fairview (8-11, 5-5) 010 001 0 — 2 7 0
Monarch (7-9, 4-4) 000 000 1 — 1 2 1
W — Greysen Carter (2-1). L — Zach Given (3-3). S — Adam Hoestetter.
Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Adam Moser 4-0-0-0, Greysen Carter 4-1-0-0, J.D. Jones 4-0-0-0, David Hopkins 3-0-1-0, Brett Jones 3-1-1-0, Travis Rasmussen 3-0-2-1, Kyle Komarinsky 3-0-0-1, Ken Stephens 3-0-1-0, Dillon Souvignier 3-0-2-0. 2B — none. 3B — Souvignier. HR — none. SB — Carter.
Monarch hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Chase Phillips 3-0-0-0, Tyson Trofino 3-0-1-0, Luke Martin 3-0-0-0, Sean Siedem 3-0-0-0, Nate Leash 3-0-0-0, Ben Kowalski 3-1-1-1, Corbin Cowan 2-0-0-0, Davis Elliott 2-0-0-0, Alex Messman 1-0-0-0, Zach Given 1-0-0-0. 2B — Trofino. 3B — none. HR — Kowalski. SB — Nick Santman.
Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Carter 6.1-2-1-1-4-9, Adam Hoestetter .2-0-0-0-0-2.
Monarch pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Zach Given 7-7-2-2-2-8.