Westy takes win at the diamond
There is little doubt that Westminster’s Sean Frederickson was at the right “peak” at the right time last Thursday as the Warriors faced Northglenn in a crucial 5A/4A East Metro League baseball game. For that matter, so was Razzo Vigil.
Frederickson came through with the game winning hit as Westminster handed Northglenn its first league loss of the season, 4-3. The hit came in the sixth inning which drove in Bernardo Lorenzo. Lorenzo had started the inning off with a double and was able to reach third on a sacrifice bunt by John Rule.
Northglenn dropped to 7-1 in the league and 10-7 overall while Westminster improved to 7-2 in the league and 11-8 overall.
“This is the first time we have beaten Northglenn in four years,” said Frederickson. “We just played a solid game throughout and didn’t let them get any significant runs when they did get their guys on base. It was a good win for sure.”
Indeed a good win for Westminster and coach Kelly Kizer.
“We were just able to get the job done,” Kizer said. “Kody (Riebschlager) pitched a solid game, and he had a lot of help in the outfield for us to pull this one out. He was able to have their hitters keep the ball in play and we just had that good defensive effort behind us.”
No doubt Riebschlager was pleased by, not only his effort on the mound, but with the support of his fellow teammates.
“I just wanted to go out hard and play the best I could,” Riebschlager said. “Northglenn is a good team and I’m glad our guys were able to come through when we needed it the most.”
Westminster jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning thanks in large part to Vigil’s two RBI’s.
Following a strikeout by Jason Kaczor, Donnie Olguin walked and would quickly steal second base. Lorenzo walked and was advanced to second when Rule was hit by a pitch that loaded the bases. The walks continued as Frederickson was walked thus bringing home Olguin for the game’s first run.
Westminster made it 3-0 as Vigil would single thus driving home Rule and Fredrickson for the Warriors early lead.
“This was just one we had to win,” Vigil said. “A solid third inning was certainly a key for us and getting a couple of RBI’s was good, too. We just wanted to go home with a good win under our belts and this certainly was one.”
Northglenn could only hope the Norse could come through when they needed the runs the most. But it just never happened. They stranded six runners on the bases, much to the dismay of coach Hugo Garcia.
“They just played a good game against us and got the job done,” Garcia said. “We just couldn’t get the hits when we had the guys on the bases. It was just a tough loss, our first in the league. We will just have to rebound and I do think we have the players who can do it.”
Northglenn scored its first run in the second inning. Following the inning’s first out, Miguel Mendoza doubled and would score on a following triple by Aldo Quezada. Yet Quezada would be stranded on the base as Manual Rivera and Dalton Hines would both ground out on infield plays.
A two run effort by Northglenn in the fourth inning would tie the score, 3-3, bringing out a good feeling among the home standing fans.
Joe Ernst opened the inning with a single and would reach second two batters later when Quezada was hit by a pitch. Rivera would single to load the bases and Hines would single thus driving home Ernst and Quezada.
Ben Thompson had started on the mound for Northglenn. However, he was replaced by Quezada in the fourth. Quezada was replaced in the sixth, following an opening inning double Westy’s Lorenzo, by the Warriors Adam Adams. Just two batters later, Adams was saddled with the loss as Lorenzo was driven home by Fredrickson.
“It was a devastating loss as we certainly wanted to win big before the playoffs,” said (NG Mendoza). “They played hard against us. We made a lot of mental errors out there we couldn’t come back from them. We needed to stay focused and today we just couldn’t seem to do it. We left to many of our guys on base. It certainly was one of our downfalls.”
As it turned out, it was not the best of weeks for Northglenn. The Norse were then defeated by Brighton, 3-1, on May 2, and then by Rocky Mountain, 11-0, May 3.
WESTMINSTER 4, NORTHGLENN 3
Westminster 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 -- 4 5 0
Northglenn 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 -- 3 8 1
W (At bat, runs, hits, RBI): Angleo Armijo (3-0-0-0), Razzo Vigil (4-0-1-2), Garrett Smith (2-0-0-0), Donnie Olguin (2-1-0-0), Bernardo Lorenzo (2-1-1-0), John Rule (0-1-0-0), Shawn Frederickson (2-1-1-2), Jason Kaczor (2-0-0-0), Brandon Dickerson (4-0-0-0). Totals: 21-4-3-4. WP: Kody Riebschlager.
N (At bat, runs, hits, RBI): Miguel Mendoza (3-1-1-0), Nate Low (4-1-1-0), Adam Adkins (4-0-1-0), Michael Davis (4-0-0-0), Tad Sandoval (3-0-1-0), Dalton Hines (3-0-1-2), Aldo Quezada (3-0-1-1), Joe Ernst (4-0-2-0), Manuel Rivera (3-0-1-0). Totals: 30-2-8-2. LP: Quezada