Chargers win Wood Bat Tourney

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By Brian Forbes

WHEAT RIDGE — The Rogers made Everitt Middle School their neighborhood Sunday, June 29.

And no, they weren’t playing well with others.

Mr. Tyler Rogers gave up one run in the semifinal match of the annual Dakota Ridge Dave Schmidt Wood Bat Tournament and Mr. Taylor Rogers tossed a one-hitter in the championship game as the Chargers defeated Wheat Ridge 3-0 on a postcard afternoon.

Call it a twin killing. And call it a nice piece of redemption for the Chargers, who lost in the final to Dakota Ridge last summer.

Everything worked out near perfect for the Chargers, who went 6-0 in the four-day tournament by outscoring the competition 63-10 – including a 9-1 victory over Fruita Monument in the semifinals.

And the fact that the Rogers brothers were fresh for the finals had the Chargers seeing Technicolor.

“You need so much pitching in the summer. It’s kind of hard to slot guys in certain positions,” Chatfield skipper Mike Yansak said. “We were kind of fortunate that in the rotation we have, both Taylor and Tyler were available to throw today. So it worked out that we got this far and we had those guys ready to go.”

In the championship game, Taylor Rogers baffled the Farmers. The left-hander struck out 12 and carried his no-hitter into bottom of the sixth.

Right fielder Michael Camporeale nearly saved the no-no but his diving stab at Charlie Land’s shallow flair bounced into his glove.

Rogers said the no-hitter was on everyone’s mind, but was unspoken. For a while, that is.

“We all knew, and then (Michael) DeLeon kind of jinxed it in the dugout,” Rogers said, laughing. “We were all making fun of him for it now. But … oh, well.”

A run-scoring double by Garrett Yost and an RBI fielder’s choice by catcher Kyle Duley keyed a two-run third inning for the Chargers. Chatfield had eight hits – only two for extra bases – and stranded a whopping 12 base runners. Shortstop Jon Watson was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.

“It becomes more of a pure game,” Yansak said of using wood bats over aluminum. “I think you see a lot more small ball … It’s a different kind of baseball, for sure. You don’t see as many balls going over the fence.”

Minutes after Rogers lost his no-hit bid the Chargers had assistant coach Mike Shannon ejected after Yansak suggested the umpire do his job a little differently. Shannon took the fall and, rumor has it, is now owed dinner.

Chatfield’s road to the final began June 26 with a 9-4 victory over Wheat Ridge. The Chargers crushed Silver Creek 11-0 on June 27 before winning twice the next day via a 15-5 win over Lakewood and a 16-0 rout of Rifle.

Chatfield 012 000 0 — 3 8 1

Wheat Ridge 000 000 0 — 0 1 3

Chatfield: Shannon cf 3-1-1-0, Yost 3b 4-1-1-1, Camporeale rf 4-0-1-0, Ta. Rogers p 2-0-1-0, Frank cr 0-1-0-0, Duley c 4-0-0-1, Tallman cr 0-0-0-0, Joyce 2b 3-0-1-0, Watson ss 4-0-2-0, Urbano 1b 4-0-1-0, Moisley lf 2-0-0-0. Totals 30-3-8-2.

Wheat Ridge: Marvel ss 4-0-0-0, Walker cf 3-0-0-0, Land sp-1b 3-0-1-0, Bradley 1b-3b 1-0-0-0, Evans lf 2-0-0-0, Shannon rf 2-0-0-0, Duft c 0-0-0-0, Honoman dh 3-0-0-0, Tuller 3b-2b 2-0-0-0, White 2b-ph 1-0-0-0, Dalton rp 1-0-0-0. Totals 22-0-1-0.

E – Duley; Duft 2, Dalton. LOB – Chatfield 12, Wheat Ridge 7. SB – Shannon, Camporeale, Watson. Caught stealing – Marvel. 2B – Ta. Rogers, Yost.

Batteries – Ta. Rogers and Duley; Land, Dalton (4) and Duft. W – Ta. Rogers. L – Land. PB – Duley; Duft.