Riding their first win of the season over Northglenn March 21, the Wolves kept things rolling with a 10-7 victory over the Widefield four days later. A three-run first inning for the Wolves was …
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Riding their first win of the season over Northglenn March 21, the Wolves kept things rolling with a 10-7 victory over the Widefield four days later.
A three-run first inning for the Wolves was headlined by sophomore Jesus Mayo’s two-out RBI single, and senior Jayden Wright’s 2-run double, jumpstarting the offense. An inning later, three more runs crossed the plate for Westy. Beginning with a 2-out walk from senior Austin Floyd followed by a single from senior CJ Jiron, RBI singles from senior Dave Martinez and Mayo put the Widefield deficit to six.
“I think everyone we have can swing the bats,” Westminster manager Curt Sims said. “They came out aggressive today, and they are finding it.”
Allowing only two hits in the first four innings, Westminster’s senior right-hander Fabian Huizar had a nice groove the first couple times through the Gladiators lineup. Mixing up his pitches well, Widefield’s batters could never find any comfort in the box against Huizar.
“I’ve been working mentally with Fabian since that game against Smoky Hill. Having a rough game doesn’t mean you’re not a capable pitcher,” Sims said. We want him to throw the fastball for show and get the batters out with the off-speed stuff, and that’s exactly what he did. As long as he can get two of his three pitches where he wants them, then he’s going to be good.”
Not only being good on the mound, senior right fielder Dimitri Gooding looked good in his corner outfield spot. Taking away two hits on 9-3 putouts, the strong-armed senior made his presence felt, despite being further from the batter’s box as anyone.
“He is a really good outfielder, but his awareness out there is also very impressive,” Sims said. “I saw him throw out the baserunner and thought I hadn’t seen that since Little League and then I saw it again two innings later. Those were two hits taken away and things could have changed if he had not made those plays. He’s a smart kid.”
Tallying another three runs in the fourth via RBI’s from Mayo and senior Edgar Sigala, the game looked to be well in hand for the home team. But a rocky fifth inning for the Wolves allowed Widefield to produce six runs, putting them right back into the game.
“Six-run innings in high school happen. You will make an error, they may gain momentum, but it is how you respond to that. I was proud of them,” Sims said.
Responding they did. Adding an insurance run after the 2-out single and double respectively from Jiron and senior Dave Martinez, a throwing error from the Gladiators allowed the lead to swell to four.
Recording the final six outs, Jiron and Mayo (one inning each) closed the door on any thought of Widefield making it all the way back. Leading the way with three hits and three RBI’s Mayo continues to excel in the cleanup spot. Jiron also shined with three hits, a walk, and scored four times.
To end the week, Westy (2-4 record) dropped contests March 27th and 28th to Overland (13-0 score) and Highlands Ranch (9-7) respectively.
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