Pirates get diamond win

Englewood bests Denver South for first victory of the season

Pirate leadoff hitter Mario Vega drives a ball into the outfield during the March 17 game against Denver South. The hit helped Englewood win the game, 10-3. Photo by Tom Munds
Brian Schrock prepares to deliver a pitch in Englewood's March 17 game against Denver South. Schrock went the distance as the Pirates won the game, 10-3. Photo by Tom Munds
Englewood's second baseman Migurl Montes gathers himself to throw out the runner at first. The play retired the runner as the Pirates went on to chalk up their first win of the season by besting Denver South, 10-3. Photo by Tom Munds
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Englewood's baseball team spotted Denver South a three-run lead then came back to win the March 17 non-league game 10-3.

“This was our first win of the season and it was a nice reward for our players for all the hard work they have put in,” Pirates Coach Tim Mitchell said. “We played pretty well in the three games we lost because we are a good team and we will work to keep getting better.”

The Pirates were at home against Fort Lupton in a league game March 19 and then traveled to Fort Lupton March 21 before spring break.

Following the weeklong break, the Pirates are at home March 31 in a non-league game against Manual. League action continues April 2 on the road at Elizabeth.

In the March 17 game against Denver South, Englewood gave up three runs in the top of the first inning but battled back in the home half of the inning to take a 4-3 advantage.

The Pirates scored runs by combining hits, aggressive base running and a couple Denver South mistakes to stretch the lead to 6-3 by the bottom of the third inning.

Brian Schrock was on the mound for the Pirates. The coach said he gave up some walks and hits early but, after the first inning, he settled down, threw strikes and closed down the Denver South batters for the remainder of the game.

The win over Denver South makes Englewood's record 1-3.

“We have been in all three games we lost this season,” Mitchell said. “In a couple of those games, we had to put in a young pitcher as a reliever and the other team got to us.”

He said he feels his team's strength probably is the talent of the left side of the infield with with Tyler Harris at third and Tristan Sisneros at shortstop.

“We are doing OK on defense but we aren't hitting well right now,” he said. “We don't have indoor cages because of the construction and our outdoor batting cage isn't in good shape. We want to change that so our guys can get more hitting practice.”

Harris is a senior who plays third base when he isn't on the mound.

“I feel good, I feel strong and I am looking for some wins,” Harris said. “I feel I am a better pitcher this year than I was last year. I am stronger, I feel I am more consistent and I feel I can locate my pitches to the spot the catcher calls for them.”

He said his best pitch is his fastball and it is most effective when he can keep the fastball low and on the outside edge of the strike zone.

“When I get ahead in the count with my fastball, I come back with a slider,” he said. “I can throw a cut fastball and I am working to develop a better changeup.”

When he comes to the plate, he said he is seeing the ball well and is making good contact. He said, after three games, he is 6-for-8, had driven in three runs and has hit a home run.