The 2019 season for Holy Family baseball and manager Marc Cowell didn’t start as planned. Going 4-4 through the first quarter of the season, the Tigers closed the schedule on an impressive 18-3 to …
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The 2019 season for Holy Family baseball and manager Marc Cowell didn’t start as planned.
Going 4-4 through the first quarter of the season, the Tigers closed the schedule on an impressive 18-3 to find themselves in the Final 4 of the 4A state playoffs. Despite not winning the tournament, HF has nothing put positives and momentum moving forward.
“I think a lot of it (the slow start) had to do with the weather,” 13-year Holy Family manager Cowell said in a phone interview last week. “Through those first eight games, I think we played more games than we actually had days working on the field. It was hard to get into a rhythm and get a feel for the game when everything is done indoors. Once we were able to get outside more, I felt like the guys were getting a little bit more focused being out on the diamond instead of in the cages.”
Rattling-off 14 wins in their next 15 contests to complete the regular season, there was no hotter team in Colorado than the Tigers, who outscored their opponents 122-38 in that timeframe. Heading to the postseason, this battle-tested, veteran group that carried 13 seniors rallied through their first three playoff games, including the team that knocked them out the year prior, No. 1 seed Cheyenne Mountain.
“I think the past few years, ever since Holy Family made the jump from 3A to 4A, it’s progressively gotten a little bit better and we have gotten a little bit further into the postseason,” Cowell said. “We may be the second-smallest school in this classification (4A), but that doesn’t mean anything if these guys put forth the effort, hold themselves accountable, and go after those high goals. My thoughts are that the program should be able to compete there year in and year out.”
Unfortunately, after defeats to eventual champion Silver Creek and runner-up Pueblo West, the Tigers season came to an end May 31.
As seniors Davis Martinek, Bobby Ziegler, Jacob Callaway, Caden Lim, Luke Knudsen, Zach Becker, Nick McGowan, Collin Kringlen, Weston Siefken, Josh Baker, Jordan McFarland, Matthew Delgado, and Emmanual King leave the program, their mark on their school and coaching staff won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
“It’s always great to have a lot of seniors on varsity because that means they have been dedicated to the program for four years and understand the expectations. We put high expectations on all of our players, and if you’re still in the program in your senior year, you have stepped up to those expectations,” Cowell said. “These guys worked hard; every year they got better. Everything we asked of them this offseason, they did it and then some.
To watch the effort they put in, coming together as a team and really bonding was fun to watch. You always hate to see seniors go, but I have no doubt that each one of them are going to on to bigger and better things. Hopefully, their time in the baseball program has been part of putting them to the next level.”
With the 2-time Holy Family state champion, Cowell, presumably returning next season, the continued success of Tiger baseball likely won’t change. New players will be expected to make a leap a year from now to achieve the goals that this high-end program has set.
“I am as proud of these guys as I am of any of the state championship teams that I have had the honor of coaching. You know you can’t win a championship every year, but as a coach, my goal is I want my guys to go out and set high goals and achieve those goals by reaching their highest potential. I think they (HF baseball) gave everything they could, and then some. As a coach, that’s all I can ask for. I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Cowell said.
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