Cardinals move to 7-1 on diamond

Strong hitting, solid pitching aid Elizabeth in first half

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So far, so good.

Elizabeth hit the midway mark of its baseball season this past week, and thanks to victories over Englewood and Stratton, the Cardinals now stand at 7-1.

Coached by Doug Severinsen, Elizabeth defeated visiting Englewood, 13-2, on April 2, then hit the road and topped Strasburg, 11-0, April 5.

Tyler Erzen and Chase Nicholas each collected five hits over the course of the two games. Nicholas is hitting a solid .500 on the season while Erzen sits at .480. Brandon Severinsen leads the team, hitting .538 for the Cardinals.

Weston Haber and Stuart Eurich also helped the cause last each week, as both players had a total of four hits.

Elizabeth jumped out to a 7-2 lead after the first two innings against Englewood, and added three more runs in the fourth, before closing the game out in six innings. Pitcher Sean Herr picked up his third victory of the season, only walking two batters while striking out eight.  

The action on the mound only got better against Stratton as Zach Pedrick, now 2-0, only allowed two hits and walked one. The Cardinals, with 12 hits in the game, had the situation well under their wings as they accounted for seven runs in the first three innings.

While upping his batting average, Severinsen has fostered a .613 on base percentage, knocking in 11 runs, with the help of a pair of homeruns. He also has six stolen bases. Haber has been hitting .474, which has also helped Elizabeth hit .397 as a team. 

Elizabeth hosted Mitchell, April 7, and Skyview, April 9, then travels to Skyview, April 11.

Elbert goes 1-1

Under Chris Williams, Elbert improved to 4-0 with a 9-6 victory against Evangelical Christian. But the Bulldogs lost their first game of the season, April 5, when they were beaten by Stratton, 12-2.

Cody Rosberg had three hits in four at-bats, with two runs against ECA, upping his team-leading batting average to .632. The Bulldogs have two other hitters over .400 — Jacob Miller, .467, and Colton Musson, .400. Musson came through with a pair of hits, including a double, and twoRBI against ECA.

On the mound, Brett Meredith has a 2-1 record and Rosberg is 2-0.

Yet Elbert ran into trouble against unbeaten Stratton (5-0). Rosberg and Miller each had a pair of hits with Logan Pumeroy getting the only other hit. Miller accounted for both runs batted in while Meredith was given his first loss.

Elbert plays its next game at Cripple Creek, April 10.     

Kiowa and Simla set to face off

Kiowa had a tough time at the plate against Limon pitcher, Gavin Liggett, as the Indians fell to 2-2 on the season, losing 6-3.

Kiowa scored all three of its runs in the sixth inning, but Liggett was unstoppable in the early going. Overall he only gave up four hits, walked three and struck out 16.

Kiowa played at Simla, April 8, in a double-header, then plays another double-header at Peyton, April 12.

Steven Mizak and Caleb Smith have been leading Kiowa in hitting, each batting .538. Jake Jacobs is hitting .455 and Marshall Deering is checking in at .333.

There is little doubt Kiowa could have its problems against Peyton. Peyton defeated Simla, 14-1, and 14-4, on April 5. In the process the Cubs fell to 0-4. Simla played at Stratton, April 7, and will also play at Pikes Peak Christian, April 10.

Peyton has been dynamic this season. In their first seven games, the Panthers have scored 103 runs while only giving up 16.