Central reliever Champlin pitches well in loss to Doherty
Jeremy Champlin, in a very small time period, gives the Central High School baseball team a very big chance to win. The sophomore reliever has the mentality, the drive, and the clutch gene required to come off the bench and shut down an opposing team.
Although the Warriors fell to Doherty 7-5 at Canyon View Park on Saturday, Champlin shutting out Doherty in the sixth and seventh innings was exactly what Central coach Chuck Yost needed.
“He’s a competitor, and I think he has the mentality to come out of the ‘pen,” Yost said. “He has a variety of pitches to keep guys off balance, and he really helps us out in rough spots.
“He wants to be the man, the bulldog, and he doesn’t want to let his team down when he’s out there. He’s the kind of kid who comes up big when we need him.”
Champlin surrendered one hit and one walk and struck out two batters. He has made two appearances on the mound, including a relief win against Greeley Central.
“I just come out there knowing my team is behind me,” Champlin said. “It’s nothing special. I just pitch to contact and trust my team. It’s easier for me to get in a rhythm coming out of the ‘pen. I don’t know why.”
Streaks of Doherty hits hurt the Warriors as the Spartans scored all of their runs in three multi-run innings.
Central (4-2) started hot behind triples from Michael Price and Josh Weller, but the Warriors didn’t score after the third inning.
“We had bats all the way through the lineup until the third inning,” Yost said. “We just got cold in the later half of things, couldn’t get hits when we needed them.”
The Warriors’ second loss of the season was the first game they’ve committed multiple errors.
“I think our kids are very focused in on defense,” Yost said. “It’s something they take pride in and have done a good job with this year.”
After playing in temperatures near freezing, Central travels to Phoenix for the Coach Bob Invitational. Besides warm weather, Yost said he’s looking forward to tweaking his lineup.
“We’ve just got to get better and have our bats show up for all seven innings,” Yost said. “I’m going to change some things around, see some kids in spots we maybe haven’t seen them in before, to see if we can shake things up. We just have to keep getting better.”