DENVER — Dylan Grierson gave Legacy a shot Friday morning, but Peter Goldy out-pitched him on the mound and got some run support late as Grandview defeated Legacy 4-1 in the first round of the Class 5A state baseball tournament in Denver.
“I thought Dylan did an absolutely fantastic job for us,” Legacy coach Ty Giordano said. “He did exactly what we needed him to do on the mound. He kept us close in it. He had a great start.”
Grierson made quick work of Grandview in the first five innings, giving up one run off just four hits and two walks while striking out 11 batters. Pounding the strike zone and using multiple pitches, he was able to keep the opposing offense in check for the majority of his time on the mound.
“He has a lot of different pitches, but if he can get three of them to work, then it makes him difficult to face,” Giordano said. “I thought he did a nice job attacking with his off-speed stuff, and that as a result made his fastball seem a little bit quicker. As a result, we were able to get some punch-outs.”
After five solid innings, Grandview finally got to him in the sixth with the game tied at one. Doubles from Tony Castonguay and Goldy gave GHS a 2-1 lead and Amari Smith contributed for a pair of RBIs with a single to chase Grierson with the 4-1 deficit.
That slight edge proved too much in a game where Legacy could not stop hitting the ball right at players and coming up empty when they had a runner in scoring position. In four of the first six innings, Legacy had a runner on second base with one or two outs to work with, but the only time they were able to score was in the fifth when Chase Esplin scored on a wild pitch.
Goldy pitched a complete game for Grandview and allowed the one run off four hits while striking out seven.
“I thought we were hitting a lot of balls hard off him early,” Giordano said. “We were just hitting them right at somebody. As the game went on, we had situations where I think we were trying to be too big (at the plate) instead of just executing and getting that base hit that we needed. That happens, that’s a part of baseball.”
With the loss on Friday, Legacy moves to the single-elimination bracket Saturday. The Lightning will look to win two games in order to advance to next weekend’s championship finals.
“Regardless of how you do it, you have to win two games to get to next week,” Giordano said. “Everybody wants to get to the championship game where you have to be beat twice, but not everyone is going to get there. Everyone has to compete to try to win two games and then see what happens next weekend.”
Legacy will play Rocky Mountain, a Front Range League foe, Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. The Lobos fell 5-0 to top-seed Mountain Vista in their only Friday game. Legacy got the better of Rocky Mountain during the regular season with an 8-3 win back on May 4.
“We see Rocky Mountain all the time and we’ve only seen them once in the playoffs last year (in regionals), and they ended up beating us,” Giordano said. “It’s a fun game. We’ve always enjoyed playing against each other. Rocky Mountain is always prepared to play. It will be exciting to get after it tomorrow.”
A win over Rocky Mountain would see Legacy play again at noon for the right to advance to the final weekend. All Legacy’s games on Saturday will be played at All-Star Park in Lakewood.
Grandview 4, Legacy 1
At All-City Stadium
Legacy (15-11) 000 010 0 — 1 4 1
Grandview (18-8) 000 103 x — 4 7 1
W — Peter Goldy (5-0). L — Dylan Grierson (4-5).
Legacy hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Chase Esplin 4-1-2-0, Macully Sehr 3-0-0-0, Tyler Lyons 3-0-0-0, Cale Claridge 3-0-0-0, Blake Labuda 3-0-0-0, Joshua Maestas 3-0-1-0, Kieran Gaffney 3-0-0-0, Blake Roberts 3-0-1-0, Cole Jaeger 3-0-0-0. Totals 26-1-4-0. 2B — Maestas.
Grandview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Ty Chapman 3-0-1-0, Isaac Smith 3-0-0-0, Tony Castonguay 3-2-2-0, Peter Goldy 3-1-1-1, Jayden Martinez 3-1-1-0, Amari Smith 3-0-2-3, Garrett Lippold 3-0-0-0, Josh Hojnowski 2-0-0-0, Matt Hamilton 1-0-0-0, Reese Chapman 1-0-0-0. Totals 25-4-7-4. 2B — Smith, Goldy, Castonguay. SB — Smith.
Legacy pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Dylan Grierson 5-6-4-3-2-11, Henry Kisselman 1-0-0-0-0-2.
Grandview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Peter Goldy 7-4-1-0-2-7.