COLORADO SPRINGS — Just like Collin Kringlen’s bruising deep flies, Holy Family just keeps going and going in the Class 4A state tournament.
Kringlen went 4-for-4 and homered in his third straight game in the double-elimination state bracket at Mountain Lion Park, helping push the Tigers into the final weekend after a 13-2 victory over Tri-Valley League rival Erie.
Thanks to Kringlen’s bat, and others, the suddenly hot-hitting team from Broomfield continued its upward progression since moving up to 4A in 2015 and after making its first state appearance in the classification last year. It heads into next week as one of four teams remaining in the title chase.
“Collin has been solid for us all year, but we’ve been waiting for him and a couple guys in our lineup to really, really get hot,” Holy Family coach Marc Cowell said. “And it happened this weekend at the most perfect time.”
The Colorado School of Mines commit came into the tournament sporting a batting average around .450 but was homerless in his previous 11 games. Then — wham! — he ripped one over the right centerfield wall in a win against Cheyenne Mountain Friday and launched another a few hours later in a loss to Silver Creek.
His third of the tournament came on a windy afternoon, sailing the second pitch he saw from Erie starter Trey Rearick over the left centerfield wall for a two-run shot, sparking a six-run third that put the Tigers (22-6) ahead 7-0. Later, he drove another ball that created some homer buzz in the stands, but it hit the warning track for a run-scoring double in the Tigers’ six-run fifth.
When asked if he found his new favorite ballpark, Kringlen smiled.
“I’ve come to love it a bit over this weekend,” he said.
Erie (16-12) threatened in the fourth as Nolan Marthaler came close to hitting his second homer of the day on a run-scoring triple off the wall. The deficit was 7-2 with the bases loaded before Holy Family starter Jordon McFarland forced an inning-ending pop-out to wiggle free.
Down 13-2 in the fifth, the Tigers couldn’t score to extend their season. It spelled the end to a year in which the Tigers overcame an early coaching change and put the state baseball scene on notice as an overachieving underdog this past week.
Volunteer coach Craig McBride’s team won its regional after beating site-host Lincoln, then higher-seeded Mountain View, and was awarded the lowest seed at state. On Friday, it came within three outs of dethroning top-ranked Pueblo West and then beat No. 4 Golden Saturday morning.
“Well, they have a lot of guts,” McBride said of his players.
Next weekend, Holy Family needs to win four straight to claim the 4A title. It’ll face No. 5 Fort Morgan Friday.
Holy Family 13, Erie 2 F/5
At Mountain Lion Park-UCCS
Holy Family (22-6) 016 06 – 13 13 0
Erie (16-12) 000 20 – 2 7 3
W – McFarland L – Rearick.
Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) – McGowan 3-0-0-0, Baker 2-2-0-0, Becker 4-1-1-3, Kringlen 4-2-4-3, Callaway 4-0-1-1, Delgado 2-3-1-0, King 3-1-1-0, Cooney 2-2-2-2, Martinek 3-2-3-3. Total 27-13-13-12. 2B– Kringlen, Martinek, Callaway, King. HR– Kringlen. SB– Becker, Kringlen, Martinek.
Erie hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) – Ball 3-0-1-0, Phillips 3-0-0-0, Mendoza 3-1-2-0, Marthaler 3-1-1-1, Schenbeck 3-0-2-1, Thoren 2-0-1-0, Rearick 2-0-0-0, Fuhrmann 2-0-0-0, Hewell 1-0-0-0 . Total 22-2-7-2. 3B – Marthaler.
Holy Family pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – McFarland 5.0-7-2-2-1-6.
Erie pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Marthaler 2.0-7-6-6-1-0, Rearick 3.0-6-7-7-5-3
Erie 11, Golden 6
At Mountain Lion Park-UCCS
Erie (16-11) 033 140 0 – 11 14 2
Golden (18-8) 101 003 1 – 6 12 4
W – Thoren L – Lewis.
Erie hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) – Ball 3-1-2-0, Phillips 4-0-1-1, Mendoza 4-0-1-2, Marthaler 5-1-1-1, Schenbeck 5-2-3-1, Thoren 4-1-1-0, Rearick 3-3-2-2, Fuhrmann 2-0-0-1, Hewell 3-2-3-3. Total 33-11-14-11. HR – Rearick, Marthaler. SB – Hewell, Mendoza.
Golden hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) – Keener 4-1-0-1, Glass 3-1-1-0, McLaughlin 4-0-3-2, Quintana 3-0-1-0, Holmes 3-1-1-1, Covey 3-0-1-0, Douthit 1-0-0-0, Vogl 3-1-1-1, Leo 3-1-2-0, Lewis 1-0-0-0, Paige-Roth 2-02-1. Total 30-6-12-6. 2B– Paige-Roth, Covey. SB– Quintana.
Erie pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Thoren 6.0-10-5-4-4-3, Ball 0.2-2-1-1-0-1
Golden pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Lewis 3.0-9-7-7-3-1, Paige-Roth 3.0-5-4-3-3-3, Quintana 1.0-0-0-0-0-2.