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Summit High baseball can’t slow down Centaurus

BRYCE EVANS
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Summit County, Colorado

In what head coach Barre Lee referred to as a “tight and exciting game,” his Summit High baseball team just couldn’t quite keep up with the firepower of a strong Centaurus squad.

Despite exceptional pitching performances from Jordan Sitkoski and Jason Looby, the Tigers fell 7-2 on Thursday on the road.

Even in the loss, Lee was pleased with his teams performance.

“They were a very good team,” the coach said of his team’s opponent. “We hung in there close with them for most of the game. We had a chance to win, we were psyched.”

The Tigers trailed only 4-2 in the fifth inning, thanks largely in part to Jordan Sitkoski. The senior hurler gave up only three earned runs through five.

“He just continues to be a bulldog out there for us, just really tough,” Lee said of his starter.

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Sitkoski also drove in both of Summit’s runs, as two early inning hits allowed Shane Werts to score twice.

Though the score started to slip in Centaurus’ favor late in the game, Looby pitched well in the final two innings, giving up only one earned run.

“We had two pitchers today that just wouldn’t give in ” if they had to put someone on base, they did, then they’d strike out the next guy,” Lee said. “I was really pleased with our pitching.”

Though the Tigers’ bats haven’t exactly “woken up recently,” as Lee put it, they have been hitting better and better each day out.

Senior Scott Rappleye recorded a double for Summit on Thursday.

“We’re just coninuing to get the rust off,” Lee said.

The Tigers, even in defeat, are continuing to gain confidence on the season, especially for a team that only one a single game last season.

“We’re starting to prove to ourselves that we can be competitive with anyone, now,” Lee said. ” … I told the guys that (Centaurus) is good, and we’re good. We can hang with teams like that.”

Summit (3-9) is back on the diamond Saturday, when the Tigers travel to take on Elizabeth High School at 11 a.m.