Elizabeth downs Fort Lupton twice after falling to Weld Central

By Scott Stocker

The Elizabeth baseball team hit a bump in the road on April 25, but the following week ended in fine fashion for the Cardinals after all.

Elizabeth, coached by Doug Severinson, was beaten by host Weld Central 15-8 on April 25. The Cardinals had high hopes of making it two straight over Weld Central as they had beaten the Rebels, 12-1, in their previous encounter on April 23. Making matters worse in this situation is the fact that Weld Central only has a 3-15 record.

Elizabeth bounced back with a pair of victories against Fort Lupton on April 30 and May 2. The Cardinals won the first one at home against the Blue Devils 12-2. They then traveled to their opponent’s home diamond and came through with a 7-3 victory. Through it all, they were able to improve to 14-4 on the season.

Elizabeth jumped on Fort Lupton for a 5-1 first-inning lead April 30, then went ahead by a score of 8-1 in the second. It appeared the game could go the seven innings, but the Cardinals tallied three more runs in the fourth, an inning in which Fort Lupton had scored one run.

It only took four batters in the fifth inning for Elizabeth to close out the game and to win the last home game of the season. Not a bad day for the seniors, who were all recognized before the game began.

Tyler Erzen reached first base on an error to begin the fifth inning for the Cardinals, then reached second via a second error by Fort Lupton with Chase Nicholas at the plate. Erzen would tally the winning run via a double by designated hitter Sean Herr.

“We just wanted to make sure the seniors went out on a high note,” said Herr, who batted for Elizabeth’s winning pitcher, Bill Kinsey. “As the DH, it worked out well for me. We just wanted to do our best and just stay focused all the way through. It was cold and windy today, but we were able to overcome the weather.”

That five-run first inning proved to be all Elizabeth would need. Brandon Severinson got the game off quick with a single, then reached third on a following single by Erzen. Nicholas also reached on an error, one that allowed Severinson to score the Cardinals’ first run.

Erzen next scored on a fielder’s choice behind David Wahlstrom’s effort and Nicholas would soon touch home plate via a double by Weston Haber. Haber would score the final run of the inning, batted in by Ryan Schaeffer’s single.

“This was a big game for us and a good way for our seniors to go out in their final home game of the regular season,” said coach Doug Severinson. “We were outplayed our last time out against Weld Central. We have the one game at Fort Lupton (May 2) and then we’ll have to see what the playoff situation will be.”

Those, too, were the thoughts of winning pitcher for Elizabeth, Bill Kinsey, who only gave up four hits.

“The wind can take a lot out of you and I just wanted to stay focused and not worry about it,” Kinsey said. “We all just worked through it. It feels good to get the win a home today for all our seniors. My knuckleball was good, but my hands were cold and that affected my curveball.”

Haber also felt it was a solid way to end the home-standing portion of the season for Elizabeth.

“We felt we had to play tough after our loss at Weld Central, especially since this was our last home game,” Haber said. “There were some struggles. They hit the ball pretty good, but we were in positions to make the plays, too. We just didn’t want to go out and make a lot of mistakes.”

Elizabeth had a more difficult time when the Cardinals traveled May 2 to Fort Lupton. Still, they managed to come away with a 7-3 victory. Herr picked up the win on the mound for the Cardinals.

Elizabeth led 4-0 going into the bottom of the sixth. That’s where Fort Lupton picked up three runs to help put the win in doubt for the Cardinals. However, the visitors bounced back for three runs in the top of the seventh. Wahlstrom and Schaeffer each had a pair of RBIs to help pace the Cardinals.

Ups, downs for Elbert

Two of the finer teams in Class A faced each other May 2 when Elbert took on Stratton. Yet when Elbert faced Rye April 28, they had certainly faced the best in 2A.

Rye’s Luis Ortiz pitched a no-hitter as the Thunderbolts defeated the visiting Bulldogs, 12-0. Ortiz was not only solid on the mound, but also at the plate as he came through with a team-leading three hits in the game and drove in two runs. Bailey Benz also accounted for a pair of RBIs for the winners as they improved to 17-1 on the season.

Elbert fell to 9-4 over the week, also counting its 7-3 loss to Stratton. Brett Meredith was the only player for the Bulldogs to collect more than a single hit while collecting an RBI. No Stratton player drove in more than one run in the game, but the seven they collected was hard to overcome as the Eagles had jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings. Jacob Miller was saddled with the loss for Elbert.

Elbert was able to come through with a 9-4 victory against visiting Community Christian on May 2. Brett Meredith, who would pick up the win on the mound, also had a solid day at the plate as he came through with four hits and batted in a pair of runs. Logan Winegar also picked up a pair of RBIs for the winners while Jacob Hodge, David Campbell and Matt Stertz each had a couple of hits.

Win ends Simla’s season

Simla played a doubleheader April 29 against Evangelical Christian of Colorado Springs. The Bulldogs came through with a 16-3 victory in the first game, but were defeated 9-3 in the second. However, they did close out the regular season with a lopsided 21-4 victory against Pikes Peak Christian on May 1, to finish 4-9.