Despite defeat, Tigers hold their own at Ralston Valley
ARVADA The Summit High School Baseball team returned from spring break on a positive note, despite falling to 1-8 in an 11-6 loss to Ralston Valley.Ralston Valley is ranked among the top four in the state, Summit co-coach John Padjen said. We feel we did pretty good.The Tigers six-run outbreak followed games in which they scored one and zero runs, respectively. Led by Ryan Eberhart (2-for-3), Elliot Cochran (2-for-2, 2 runs) and Eric Brooks (1 RBI, 1 run), Summit amassed seven hits against the Mustangs. The Tigers drew first blood in the top of the first when Ralston Valleys catcher overthrew third base on a steal attempt by Cochran. The error sent Summits leadoff hitter across the plate, making it 1-0 Summit.The Mustangs answered with four runs in both the first and second innings, though only two of them were earned. The Tigers committed five errors on the day, most of them in the infield. We need to focus on the improvement of our middle infield, Padjen said. The Mustangs added one run in the third before the Tigers scored three runs in the fourth. It wasnt enough, however, against the 4A-Jeffco-leading Mustangs (10-3, 5-0 in the league).Scott Campbell started on the mound for Summit, pitching two innings and giving up eight runs, only two of which were earned. Campbell was relieved by Justin Green, who contributed two innings and gave up three runs (two earned). Jordan Sitkoski finished up for Summit by pitching two scoreless innings. Save the Tigers five errors, coach Padjen was encouraged by his teams effort.It was good for us to play close with one of the top teams in the state, he said. We havent been into the seventh (inning) in a couple of weeks.Summits youth was evident Tuesday as three freshman and one sophomore saw action in the teams first game since March 30.The Tigers were full strength against the Mustangs following the suspension of seven of their players two weeks ago.The Tigers are scheduled to host Englewood Saturday at 11 a.m.
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