Summit baseball gets first win of season |

Summit baseball gets first win of season

EAGLE – The Summit High School baseball team got its first win of the season, and John Padjen got his first as Tigers coach.

Summit (1-4) played its best game of the year Tuesday against Battle Mountain, winning 5-4 after two and a half weeks without stepping onto a field. Four games were cancelled since the March 18 blizzard.

“It felt really good,” said Padjen, in his first year as Summit coach. “The kids played real well. We made some big plays in some key situations to clinch the game.”

None was bigger than Jordy Lynch’s diving catch in left field in the bottom of the seventh inning with the Tigers clinging to a 5-4 lead. Pitcher Cory Olson also came up big with four solid innings of relief, escaping with strike outs in the fifth and sixth innings when the Huskies had the tying run on third base with one out.

The Tigers broke out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Ryan Norton and Lynch’s RBI single. Summit’s Casey Anderson and David Payne had reached on walks.

The Tigers went up 4-1 in the third when Norton (3-for-3, 2 RBIs, one inning pitched) tagged a lead-off single, and Lynch (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) knocked him home. Kylor Dossett drove in Dan Pringle in the fifth to make it 5-1.

Starting pitcher Eric Nilson threw two scoreless innings before Norton came in in the third and gave up one run. Olson pitched the final four innings, giving up three runs in the fourth then closing the door to seal the win.

This was the final nonleague game of the Tigers season. They begin league play Thursday against D’Evelyn. It will be the team’s first-ever game in the Class 4A Jeffco League.

“Hopefully this will give us a little bit of momentum,” Padjen said.

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