Rough day on the diamond
Olathe wins 1st game, loses 2nd as Montrose, Paonia also fall
GREELEY — The chatter of high school baseball is as timeless as the game itself. “C’mon kid. Whaddaya say here, keed? Atta baby!”
At Butch Butler Field on Friday afternoon, those and other aphorisms came at a steady clip from the dugouts occupied by the teams from Holy Family and Olathe in a Class 3A state tournament winners’ bracket game. When it was over, Holy Family got to say a few more “atta babies” in its 25-6 victory over the Pirates.
That was especially the case when Devlin Granberg was done swinging the bat for Holy Family. The Tigers’ sophomore pitcher/shortstop hit two mammoth home runs, including a grand slam as part of a 10-run first inning.
Granberg’s first home run came off struggling Pirates starter Ben Kaylor. With one out and the bases loaded in the top of the first, the ball easily cleared the 380-foot sign in left center.
Granberg’s second home run, an uppercut bomb to left, had some of the locals in the press box saying it was one of the longest shots they’d ever seen at Butler Field.
“Yes, it was the longest I’ve ever hit,” Granberg said. “Both were inside fastballs, and I just tried not to do too much with them. I was just seeing them good today.”
Senior pitcher Louis Simpson was the beneficiary of all those runs. Other than a tough fourth inning, when he was touched up for five runs, Simpson got the outs needed for the five-inning game.
Olathe used a four-run third inning to win its opener in the double-elimination tournament 5-4 over Trinidad. Willy Corey threw a three-hitter, striking out 14, and doubled for the Pirates. Josh Pietak, Richard Tafoya and Aaron Handke also doubled in Olathe’s 11-hit attack.
The Pirates (17-6) can still win the state title, but will have to come through the losers bracket, facing the winner between Weld Central and Lamar at 12:30 this afternoon to get to the second weekend.
Jordan Arensdorf went 3 for 3 and drove in three runs, hitting one of five Broomfield home runs against Montrose in a 14-0 win in the opening round of the double-elimination state tournament.
The Indians managed only four hits and dropped into the elimination bracket, facing D’Evelyn, a 14-7 loser to Longmont, at 10 this morning.
Broomfield continued to pour on the runs in its second game, a 17-7 win over Longmont. Windsor upset top-seeded Air Academy 10-1, then lost 10-5 to Cheyenne Mountain, which plays Broomfield today.
Paonia’s hopes for a Class 2A state title ended in the state semifinals with a 6-0 loss to Resurrection Christian. Paonia’s season ends 17-6-1.
Resurrection Christian faces Byers, a 5-2 winner over Rye, for the title at 3:30 today at Englewood High School.
Michael Barnosky of Montrose clocked the fastest preliminary times in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke and will have the top seed in today’s Class 4A finals.
Barnosky touched home in 1 minute, 56.63 seconds in the 200 IM and finished the breaststroke in 57.35 seconds.
The Indians’ Kostya Callihan was sixth in the prelims of the 200 freestyle in 1:48.41, and the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams also qualified for the finals.
None of the District 51 swimmers qualified for the championship finals in the Class 5A meet. Consolation finals and championship finals in both classifications are today.