Summit baseball wraps up season
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With a loss Saturday at Conifer, the Summit High baseball team’s tough-luck season came to a close.
Summit finished the year with only two wins, but with only one senior on the roster, the future still looks bright for the Tigers.
“We made a lot of progress building the core skills of the underclassmen this season, in spite of not having a home field to practice or play on during the spring,” SHS head coach Tom Looby said. “These returning underclassmen coupled with a strong class of incoming freshmen should allow us to see even more improvement in the year ahead.”
Throw out wins and losses, and it still wasn’t any easy spring for the Tigers.
Summit never played a single home game, and due to rain-outs and cancellations because of snow, the Tigers were forced to play one third of their 18 games in the last week of the season – a hectic run, even when you don’t take into account that nearly all the teams were league powers and all of the games were on the road.
But, in that final week, the young Tiger squad picked up a come-from-behind win at Clear Creek High School, perhaps the highlight to its season.
Clear Creek scored three runs in the sixth inning to take a 4-2 lead over Summit, but the Tigers staged a four-run rally in the top of the seventh to take the lead back on key hits from Emilio Salazar, Jason Looby and Blaze Walker.
The Gold Diggers fought back, though, in the bottom of the inning, as their leadoff hitter cracked a towering drive to deep center field. But the Tigers’ center fielder John Melott was up to the task, chasing down the ball for an over-the-shoulder grab at the warning track.
Clear Creek would score a run in the inning, but Walker closed out the 6-5 win on the mound for Summit.
Walker pitched a complete game for the Tigers, striking out 12, and Melott made four brilliant catches in center.
“Our team could have given up after losing the lead in the bottom of the sixth,” Looby said. “I was very proud of how our guys fought back to retake the lead in the top of the final inning. It showed great character on their part to fight back like that and win this game.”
In the final games of the season, the Tigers provided quite a bit of offense, with Walker getting six hits, Jason Looby five and Gabe Stuhr four. Tucker Limbruner, Michael Leopold, Tyler Nelson, Wolfie Virostek, Cody Holland and Salazar each had at least one hit in the final week.
Both Walker and Looby finished the year batting over .300 for Summit.
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