WESTMINSTER — As the saying goes ‘good teams find a way to win.’
That was very much the case for the Standley Lake on April 6, the Gators overcame a disastrous first inning and rallied to beat Thomas Jefferson 5-4.
“We work hard trying to keep our composure following rough innings,” Standley Lake coach Gary Allen said. “We just try and peck away each inning and stay positive.”
The Gators have done a great job of that this season, especially in their last two wins. Standley Lake spotted Fort Collins two runs on April 4 before winning 3-2.
Against Thomas Jefferson, the Gators remained unfazed by the four-run deficit thanks to the strong hitting from Justin Seiwald and Mike Maher. The duo went a combined 7 for 7 at the plate.
“We are really working hard to generally shore up our offensive approach,” Allen said. “Mike has been pretty consistent this season. Justin is making a pretty dramatic adjustments and is trying to stay back, and square up the barrel of the ball.”
Seiwald had a pair of RBI singles in the first and third innings, and hit 2-run single in the fifth to the tie the game.
Pitcher Jarrett Bott hit an RBI double to drive in the go-ahead run in the fifth.
On the mound, Bott struggled with his command in the first few innings.
He walked six batters and gave up two hits, but overcame the early struggles to get the win.
In the fourth, he got a strike out with the bases loaded to get out of the inning.
He also closed out the fifth with a strike out.
Bott struck out six batters in the game to pick up his third win of the season.
“Jarrett really struggled in the early innings,” Allen said. “His command was off, but to his credit he put it together when he was up against the wall. I just told him to relax, slow the game down, stay back and pound the strike zone.”
Against the Lambkins, Dylan Sherry earned his second win of the season after striking out six batters and allowing two runs.
Bott, Matt Fuijinami and Henry Mistrot each had RBIs in the contest.
The Gators have now improved to 6-4 on the season, with three of their losses coming against teams from California. They open play in Jeffco League on April 16 against Arvada West.
“Since our return from California,” Allen said. “We have changed up our practices to concentrate more on hitting drills and working on our approach with positive and negative counts. Hopefully this will pay off during league play.”