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Baseball: Legacy, Fairview to meet in 5A elimination game Saturday

Both teams fall in opening round Friday at Cherry Creek

Legacy's Landen Sehr pitches against Mountain ...
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Legacy’s Landen Sehr pitches against Mountain Vista during the Class 5A state tournament on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Cherry Creek High School.
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GREENWOOD VILLAGE — After falling in the opening round of the Class 5A state baseball tournament Friday, Legacy and Fairview will need to piece together five straight wins for a golden finish to the summer.

Their win-or-go-home seasons collide first thing come Saturday.

“We’ve lost games before in the season and made comebacks and bounced back before,” said Legacy senior Cale Claridge, whose team will face the Knights at 9:30 a.m. at Eaglecrest. “When it comes to tomorrow, we know we have Fairview. We know what to expect. We know they’re a good team. It’s going to be a dogfight.”

As part of the first two-thirds of a tripleheader at Cherry Creek, No. 5 seed Legacy fell to fourth-seeded Mountain Vista, 9-2, while the eighth-seeded Knights lost to No. 1 Heritage, 5-1.

In Game 2, a two-run double by Sean Marlow fueled a four-run third inning for Mountain Vista, which scored seven runs — five earned — off Legacy starter Landen Sehr.

Sehr, the Lightning’s top innings eater, provided a hard-hit double in the second that led to a groundout RBI from Clayton Shuck to knot the game 1-apiece. But the Golden Eagles had a four-run third to take command and added three more in the seventh.

Sehr allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked four.

“We gotta take it one pitch at a time,” Sehr said. “We’ll get the dub (tomorrow) if we win every inning.”

Earlier, Fairview struggled to muster much of anything off Heritage starter Luke Meyers in a game that lasted less than 90 minutes.

The junior danced around traffic through the first four innings before Marcus Orlando’s sac fly RBI in fourth trimmed the deficit to 3-1. He retired 12 straight to send the Eagles into the second round.

Meyers moved to 7-0 on the season, allowing four hits and one run in seven strong innings

Matching its uber-talented starter, Fairview sent out Greysen Carter, who provided a strong outing outside a rough opening frame.

The senior, who will pitch at Vanderbilt next season, walked his first two batters before allowing a two-run single to Alex Champagne. Another run came around on a wild pitch in the inning and the Eagles added two more on an error in the fifth to go up 5-1.

Carter tossed five innings, allowing five runs — three earned — on just three hits. He struck out eight and walked three.

“We have a lot of seniors, right,” Fairview coach David Castillo said. “The biggest thing from here is to fight, fight for every game. We have to win pretty much three doubleheaders. We have to win tomorrow, then the same thing (next) Friday and obviously Saturday. Backs are against the wall. Just got to let loose.”

The Knights (14-4) and Lightning (13-6) will meet for the first time since May 20. In it, Major League Baseball scouts came out to see Carter but were treated to a back-and-forth affair that finally went the way of Legacy, 11-8. The teams combined for 22 hits and four home runs.

“It’s a lot of fun to face Fairview,” Claridge said. “It’s one of our biggest love-hate relationships because they’re one of our biggest rivals. They’re in our conference and we battle for conference almost every year.”

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Legacy’s Macully Sehr puts a ball in play during their Class 5A state tournament game against Mountain Vista on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Cherry Creek High School. (Photo by Brent W. New/BoCoPreps.com)

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