SHS baseball wins again in a rout |

SHS baseball wins again in a rout

DEVON O'NEILsummit daily news

DENVER – It wasn’t home, but thanks to some fluffy white flakes and a last-ups advantage, it sure felt like it.The Summit High School baseball team’s winning streak grew to two on a chilly Tuesday in Denver, as the Tigers beat Jefferson 14-4 in five innings to win their 4A Jeffco League opener.Summit scored six runs in the bottom half of the fifth to invoke the mercy rule and send senior Garrison Green home with a complete-game win on the mound.Green tossed three-hit ball and struck out seven, giving up just two earned runs.The Tigers’ suddenly unstoppable offensive attack complemented Green’s pitching effort. Led by Green himself (3-for-3, three runs, two RBIs), Billy Barto (3-for-3, three runs and an RBI) and Dan Pringle (2-for-3, a double and a triple, four RBIs), Summit rapped out 13 hits two days after torching Manual’s pitching for 15.After starting the season with seven straight losses, the Tigers (2-7, 1-0) suddenly have a good thing going.”Our bats have started to come around,” SHS head coach John Padjen said. “That’s been the difference.”Seniors Kylor Dossett and Sean Star added a double apiece, with Star knocking in two runs and Dossett plating one.Jefferson (1-5, 0-1) actually led 2-0 after an inning, but Summit came back to take a 3-2 lead into the fourth inning. From there, the Tigers scored 11 runs over the final two frames to coast to victory.Padjen said that his players aren’t worried about the frustrating start to the season now that the team is playing well.”They know what kind of baseball they’re capable of playing,” he said. “And they know what part of the season really counts.”Summit travels to Albuquerque, N.M., late next week for some outdoor workouts and a game against a local high school. Then the Tigers return for a critical stretch of league games that could go a long way toward helping them make the postseason.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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