|HHS can't top Front Range|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Despite four inches of water covering the field a day earlier, baseball was able to be played in Holyoke Saturday, April 16.
The Dragons played host to Front Range Christian, a team that has taken down Holyoke each of the last two years at the regional tournament. The non-league game gave the teams an opportunity to get a look at each other as they both have a shot to advance to regional play later this season.
Deyten Klein took the mound for the Dragons and pitched the first four innings.
After allowing one run in the top of the first inning, Holyoke managed three of their own. Klein drove in Brett Cumming and Brian DeBoer on a two RBI single and Reid Baumgartner scored Klein on a sac fly.
Third baseman Brian DeBoer lays a tag on a Front Range Christian runner. The tag was in time for the
Front Range scored two more in the second to tie the game but Holyoke ran two more across home. Austin Killin and Cumming each made it around the bases to score.
The Falcons found two more runs in the top of the third but Holyoke regained the lead when Reid Baumgartner sent a deep ball over the center field fence for his first home run of the year.
After the home run, Front Range made a pitching change to their ace pitcher, John Ross. The change got to the Dragons’ head as they had trouble finding any hits for the rest of the game.
The Falcons scored two in the top of the fourth while the Dragons were unable to score in the bottom of the inning.
DeBoer took the mound in the fifth inning and held the visitors to no runs. Holyoke again had trouble getting on base.
Front Range opened the sixth inning with a solo home run to take an 8-6 advantage. Another run crossed home plate triggering another pitching change for the Dragons.
Jaydin Goldenstein stepped onto the mound with one out in the inning. Holyoke again couldn’t get the bats going and trailed 6-9 heading into the final inning.
Goldenstein made quick work of the Falcons, allowing no runs in the top of the final inning.
Klein and Jesus Hermosillo were both hit by pitches to lead off the bottom of the final inning. Baumgartner singled to advance the runners and Klein scored on a wild pitch.
Alfredo Santos became the third Dragon to get hit by a pitch in the inning and Killin managed to get on with a single. Hermosillo proved to be the final run scoring on an error.
Klein faced 25 batters with three walks, seven hits, five earned runs and five strikeouts. DeBoer faced eight batters allowing four hits, two earned runs and had one strikeout. Goldenstein faced six batters, walking one, and striking out two while giving up no hits and no earned runs.
Baumgartner finished one for three from the plate with two RBI, a home run and one run.
Killin led the team with three stolen bases on three attempts.
“We had opportunities to take the win and struggled against their number one pitcher,” coach Kyle Bules said. “This team has owned us the last two years in regionals. I was glad to see their coach throw their ace for five innings. We know what to expect from them if we make it to regionals. The kids played hard and we got beat by a very good team.”
Holyoke will travel to Caliche Saturday, April 23 for an 11 a.m. doubleheader. The Dragons will host Burlington Tuesday, April 26 for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.