Gene Taylor’s bounces back from tough loss with big win
After getting knocked into the consolation bracket of the 62-team Cherry Creek Classic with a loss Saturday morning, the Gene Taylor’s American Legion baseball team bounced back in the afternoon with a 14-5 victory of Pueblo Loaf ‘N Jug in five innings.
Gene Taylor’s scored nine runs in the top of the first inning and led 14-0 going into the bottom of the third.
Cleanup hitter Drew Bridges paced a 15-hit attack by going 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBI and Cole Cummins, Zach Lebsock, Casey Burns and Ty Burtard each collected two hits. Cummins and Lebsock drove in two runs apiece, Burns scored three times, Brett Labonte drew three walks, and Owen Taylor added a double for Gene Taylor’s (3-1).
Stephen Baldwin pitched the first three innings to earn the win, allowing two runs, neither earned, striking out five and walking two. Labonte pitched the final two frames.
■ Gene Taylor’s was knocked from title contention earlier in the day when Grandview’s three-run third inning concluded the scoring in its 4-3 win in seven innings.
Gene Taylor’s was limited to five hits, and no player had more than one, but Bridges and Burns each hit a double and drove in a run.
Kameron Pfaff went the distance, allowing only one earned run on four hits in his six innings. Three of those hits came in the third inning and included a triple. They were paired with a walk and an error, and Grandview overcame a double play by Gene Taylor’s.
Pfaff retired the final 10 batters he faced, struck out five and walked one.
■ Gene Taylor’s concludes tournament play today with a 12:30 p.m. game against Arapahoe.
Gene Taylor’s won both of its games Friday, defeating Brighton 11-3 in five innings, then Fossil Ridge 4-3 in seven innings.
Twelve hits, a seven-run second inning and a one-hitter from winning pitcher Burns took care of Brighton. Catcher Evan McDermott went 3 for 4 with three doubles and five RBI for Gene Taylor’s, Tyler Gastineau was 2 for 2 with a double and triple and two RBI, and Bridges had two hits, including a double, and drove in two.
Burns struck out nine and walked four. Two of those walks opened the third inning for Brighton, which cleared the bases with its only hit, a home run.
■ Labonte scored the winning run against Fossil Ridge on a wild pitch with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh. Labonte tripled to start the inning and Fossil Ridge issued two intentional walks to load the bases.
Walker Williams pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. He allowed one hit, struck out four and walked two. Josh Moore pitched the first five innings.
Labonte went 2 for 2, doubling as well as tripling, walked and drove in a run. Bridges doubled and drove in a run, and Tristan Lafferty scored twice. Both teams were limited to five hits.