The Class 5A Jefferson County League baseball game between Arvada West and Chatfield was originally for April 3 at Chatfield Senior High School. Then the wacky spring weather took over and moved the game back a day.
It was not worth the wait for the Chargers.
Chatfield left 10 men on base, committed three errors and couldn’t overcome an early deficit in a 4-3 loss that dropped Chatfield from the unbeaten ranks in Jeffco League play.
“I don’t think the one-day layoff had an effect on us,” Chatfield coach Mike Yansak said. “I don’t think we would have changed our lineup one bit from what we would have had going. You got to execute and you got to make adjustments. That’s what it came down to for us.”
Pitcher Casey Coy kept Chatfield (9-2 overall, 2-1 Jeffco) in the game, allowing just four runs on five hits with eight strikeouts in a complete game performance.
“It was my first league game and I was really excited,” Coy said. “I just wanted to get out there and pitch like any other game I’ve pitched before.”
Chatfield’s best opportunity to take the lead came in the fifth inning. Down 4-1, the Chargers loaded the bases with only one out. Jake Davis scored on an error by the Arvada West shortstop to cut the Chatfield deficit to 4-2. Kevin Krubaugh then drove in Michael Camporeale with a single to close the gap to 4-3.
With the bases still loaded and still only one out, Trevor Frank struck out and Mark Shannon grounded to first to end any hope the Chargers had of pulling ahead. No Chatfield player reached base in the sixth and seventh innings.
“The Arvada West pitcher was wild, he threw 129 pitches ” Yansak said. “He was willing to throw his curveball at any time on any count and we were unable to make the adjustment and fight that off. We got to be more willing to hit a curveball and take it to the opposite field.”
Arvada West got two runs thanks to two errors by Coy in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead.
“I didn’t get a feel on some of their bunts in that second inning,” Coy said. “It’s partly my fault that those runs scored.”
The Wildcats made it a 4-0 game with a solo home run in the third inning.
Chatfield got on the scoreboard in the third inning when Frank crossed the plate on a passed ball.
With the loss, Chatfield is now a game back of Green Mountain (11-1, 3-0) in the league standings. But, with so many tough teams in the league playing each other every day, the Chargers should have an opportunity to regain the top spot.
“If anyone does manage to go undefeated in Jeffco it will be a very special team,” Yansak said. “It’ll be tough for anyone to put a string like that together. As we found out anyone can beat anyone on any given day.”
Losses like these usually make teams eager for the rest of the season. Chatfield is no exception.
“We’ll bounce back,” Coy said. “We want to go out there now and get convincing wins.”