Gene Taylor’s swept by Longmont Twins
Something more rare than a cold day at the plate by Gene Taylor’s batters ensured there would be no heating up by those hitters: rain.
After two months in which Grand Valley residents probably could count on one hand the number of raindrops they saw, a downpour late Saturday afternoon prevented Gene Taylor’s from taking its turn at bat in the bottom of the sixth inning.
After a short wait and discussion with the coaches, the umpires ended the contest, which went down as a win for the Longmont Twins and completed their doubleheader sweep, 11-4, 4-1, of Gene Taylor’s in Colorado American Legion League baseball.
After falling behind 4-0 in the second game, Gene Taylor’s coach Dave Jahnke thought the momentum was turning his team’s way. Gene Taylor’s (12-9, 1-2) got a run in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to a Marcus Wirth triple, followed by a Cole Cummins single.
Then, in the top of the sixth, Gene Taylor’s defense provided an adrenaline surge, thanks to Zach Lebsock laying out to make a diving catch in right field and catcher Evan McDermott gunning down a runner trying to steal second base.
As Gene Taylor’s prepared to go to bat, though, the light sprinkles of the previous inning turned into larger, more frequent raindrops, then a full-fledged downpour accompanied by nearby lightning and explosive claps of thunder.
“Mother Nature got the best of us,” Jahnke said. “I thought the momentum was turning in our direction.”
Jahnke wasn’t assuming anything, especially with the way Longmont pitcher Brandon Moore was throwing, but he would have preferred playing the full seven innings to know for sure.
Moore’s final line was five innings, three hits, one walk and five strikeouts.
On the other side, Walker Williams kept the Twins within reach but took the loss, going six innings and allowing seven hits and three walks.
In the opener, Dylan Pollock proved difficult for Gene Taylor’s to solve, striking out 10 and scattering eight hits and four walks in a complete game.
Jahnke tipped his cap to both Longmont pitchers. He felt his hitters could have been more aggressive, but part of the passiveness stemmed from being kept off balance by Pollock’s curve ball and Moore’s ability to hit the corners of the strike zone, especially the outside corner.
Gene Taylor’s made things interesting in the first game when it scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to pull within 5-4. Owen Taylor hit a run-scoring triple, and after Marcus Wirth walked, Cummins hit a two-run double.
The Twins responded, though, with six runs in the seventh.
Taylor finished the first game 3 for 3 with a double to go with his triple. Cummins was 2 for 4, and Ty Burtard added a double.
Kameron Pfaff pitched the first six innings for Gene Taylor’s took the loss. He gave up six hits, walked three and struck out four.