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Baseball: Longmont’s Jacob Moats clobbers wind, Mountain View in win

Moats’ ERA is 1.35 this spring

LOVELAND — Longmont's Jacob Moats pitches ...
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LOVELAND — Longmont’s Jacob Moats pitches Friday, April 22, 2022.

LOVELAND — Trapped in a pint-size dust bowl at Greg Brock Field Friday afternoon, Longmont’s Jacob Moats didn’t fade into the swept-up gravelly mess. He seemingly only grew stronger with every passing moment.

“He doesn’t let things bother him,” his coach, Tom Fobes, said. “Any type of element or any type of situation, he’s pretty steady.”

While a gale messed with baseball’s sacred fundamentals of rhythm and vision — Moats appeared impenetrable on this day. The junior prospect tossed seven solid innings and had his first three-hit day of the season, lifting the Trojans past Mountain View 8-1 to extend their winning streak to five games.

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LOVELAND — Longmont’s Jack O’Brien rounds third base Friday, April 22, 2022.

Blowing in his face on the mound, Moats had the wind at his back from the plate, where he roped a high school career-best three doubles and drove in three.

Emiliano Gonzalez followed his ground-rule double in the third with a three-run bomb off Mountain Lions starter Connor Patrick and Danny Barker added another RBI double as part of a three-run fourth. Jack O’Brien and Griffin Taylor each reached base three times.

The win supplements a spotless 10 days for the Trojans (9-5), who beat Thornton by 20 on April 12, then Greeley West by 16 in a two-game set and Greeley Central by 11 Thursday.

Aaron Baumann drove in the lone run for Mountain View (9-6), which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

“The guys are showing a lot of focus and energy and working hard in practice,” Fobes said. “Getting better.”

Moats used 91 pitches to clinch his fifth win of the season, using primarily the fastball and curve out of his four-pitch arsenal to cut through a cussed wind and the Mountain Lions’ lineup.

His first pitch went for a ground-rule double — one of three seen on the day. It rattled him, he admitted afterward, but it didn’t show. He gave up another double to start the second but allowed just one hit after that.

Moats finished the game with a strikeout of Michael McKay, his seventh of the game, as his ERA dropped to 1.35 in 36 1/3 innings pitched this spring.

“I knew I had the stuff that worked, and I knew I had to stay confident,” Moats said. “I thought if I put one up and the wind takes it out, tip my cap to them. I can’t control the weather. I knew I had to do what I had to do.”

Longmont will host Greeley Central Saturday at noon. Mountain View has a two-game set against Fort Morgan next week.

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LOVELAND — Longmont’s Emiliano Gonzalez celebrates his home run with teammates Friday, April 22, 2022.

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