Fort Lupton's Diaz tries new sport .. and likes it


Fort Lupton outfielder Abraham Diaz seems to be getting the hand of his newest sport, baseball.
"I never joined baseball," the junior outfielder said. "It's my junior year, and I always wanted to play. The toughest thing is reading the ball when it's windy, reading pitches. The easiest part used to be stealing bases, but I gained weight -- quarantine."
Diaz was one of the main reasons the Bluedevils scored nine runs in the sixth inning to beat Weld Central 15-8 in Fort Lupton April 21. He had a scoring fly ball to drive in one run, and his single brought home two more.,
"At first, we started bad," Diaz said. "We were all down, tired. We're better than this. The sixth inning is when we got our stuff together and started batting. That was fun. The pitches were slow. I don't like slow pitches. I tried to swing and get hits. There was no movement -- BP (batting practice) stuff."
Coach Jackie Campbell was pleased.
"We're fighting back. The guys have been playing well," he said. "They have come together. You should have seen us when we played Arvada. They got it rolling. We're so capable of big innings."
Isaac Rodriguez was pressed into duty behind the plate because the regular catcher, Zavian Chavez, was away on family business.
"Pitching? We're still working on it," Campbell said. "Hunter Harris came in and shut them down. Our seniors led us."
Diaz is among those who sense some improvement in the Bluedevils' fortunes halfway through the season.
"We're communicating, teamwork. We have to get our batting up," Diaz said.
"You love on them. You tell them how good they can be," Campbell said. "You coach 'em up a little. You keep working. Sometimes, you have to break them down a little and then build them back up. It's coming together. Manny Sandoval has been awesome.
Zach Crowe contributed a bases-loaded walk during the sixth-inning rally as FLHS took advantage of Weld Central wildness on the mound and errors in the field.
"The best thing was after we got behind, the boys started fighting back," Campbell said. "It was our pink-out game (to salute cancer survivors). A lot of these guys have lost family, and they wanted to represent their families today. and that's what they did."
Danny Rodriguez is the team's leading batter at .462 through eight games. Seven of his 12 hits are for extra bases. Daniel Becerra is batting a cool .444 through eight games. Through his first seven games, Diaz was batting .350 with two extra-base hits and 10 RBIs, tops on the squad.
"I just want to hit more," Diaz said. "I'm having fun, yeah."

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