Effectively different: Contrasting pitching styles of Krabbe, Seriani lift Bulldogs to sweep
Palisade High School pitchers Cody Krabbe and Mike Seriani are different breeds.
Krabbe uses his control to strike out hitters. Seriani, on the other hand, keeps the ball in the strike zone and relies on his fielders to make plays.
Saturday, they used their contrasting styles to combine for 15 innings and two wins, beating Rifle 7-6 and 13-2 in a doubleheader at Canyon View Park.
The first game went 10 inning and matched Krabbe, who finished with 15 strikeouts, against Rifle’s Chris Hesselberg.
“Cody kept us in that game,” Palisade coach Steve Moore said. “He had his control and he was working hard.”
Rifle scored two runs in the top of the sixth and another in the seventh to take a three-run lead into the bottom of the seventh.
The Bulldogs, though, took advantage of errors and hit batters to tie it and send the game into extra innings.
“We just couldn’t wait on his curveball,” Seriani said of Hesselberg. “He caught us out in front a lot and we were just hitting ground balls. Once we started waiting on it, we got base hits.”
Krabbe and Hesselberg both pitched the eighth and ninth innings without any problem, but in the top of the 10th, Seriani came in to try to close it out.
Michael Cash hit a leadoff double to center field and Luke Bass walked. Both advanced when Ricardo Quezada reached on a bunt and Cash scored on a sacrifice fly by Donny Bartels.
“I was nervous, but I knew we’d get it back with our bats,” Seriani said.
In the bottom half of the inning, Seriani got his chance at redemption.
Krabbe was hit by a pitch and Jeremy Brannon reached on an error. When Seriani came up three batters later with his team down to its final out, he lined the ball up the middle, scoring both runners for the win.
“I just put the ball in play,” Seriani said. “The second baseman wasn’t able to make the play and we scored two runs for the win.”
Riding momentum from the first game, the Bulldogs went into the second game looking for more.
Palisade opened with a three-run first inning, thanks in part to an RBI triple by Pete Lelich, who eventually scored. Lelich added a double in the Bulldogs’ seven-run fourth.
“Pete’s really coming on in his hitting,” Moore said. “He’s a big strong kid and when he gets going it’s going to be hard for people to stop him.”
Jordan Salazar doubled and tripled and Jamr Rhodes also tripled.
Seriani pitched all five innings and allowed only five hits.
Palisade (12-4, 9-2 Western Slope League) plays a doubleheader Saturday at Glenwood Springs.