Eagles keep soaring

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By Brian Forbes

Ty Rosco’s dreams seeped into his reality Friday, April 18.

That’s when Rosco stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs, two baserunners on board and rival Chatfield leading his Dakota Ridge squad 5-4.

“That kind of situation right there is what everyone dreams about,” said the right fielder. “The perfect scenario and everything.”

It was perfect because Rosco crushed Mark Shannon’s curve ball, sending it over the wall in center field for a three-run, walk-off home run and a thrilling 7-4 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory.

Rosco got a curve ball earlier from the Chatfield reliever and didn’t take a swing.

“Then he threw me another one, and I wasn’t laying off that,” said Rosco, who drove in four runs as the Eagles (8-0 Jeffco, 15-1 overall) won their 13th straight and extended their league lead to two games.

Rosco’s shot completed the rescue of Eagles pitcher Alex Ellison, who gave up three home runs, including one to Shannon on the game’s first pitch.

After giving up a 2-run shot to Chargers starting pitcher Taylor Rogers in the third inning, Ellison retired the final 13 batters in order and finished with nine strikeouts.

“I just calmed down after that,” Ellison said. “We’re just like a really good team. I believe in my teammates when I’m on the mound. We’re good all around. I’m just happy.”

Andrew Melton and Drew Phelan both homered for the Eagles and third baseman Eric Cain went 3-for-4 with a double.

It was another tough loss for the Chargers, who had not lostby more than two runs this season prior to the loss.

Chatfield had four hits, three for home runs, which knocked in all of their runs.

An error in the bottom of the seventh prevented the Chargers from putting the pressure on the Eagles earlier.

“I was proud of our guys. I thought we put ourselves in a position to win,” Chargers coach Mike Yansak said. “Throughout the game there were matters of execution. There were certain plays in the last couple innings where they executed defensively and we didn’t, or on the mound, they made certain pitches and we didn’t.

“Power to them. They gave themselves a chance to win and they got it done.”

Shannon, Casey Coy and Rogers all hit homers for the Chargers as they took early leads of 3-0 and 5-1. Michael Camporeale’s single was the only other hit for Chatfield.

Rogers, a junior lefty, threw 5 innings, surrendering three runs on eight hits and striking out five. Shannon got the final out in the sixth but began the seventh with a walk to Melton and a run-scoring single to right by Cain to cut Chatfield’s lead to 5-4. J.C. Ochoa flied out to right fielder Jeremy Putka, but Putka couldn’t corral Dave Whitaker’s towering hit as he ran in, stepped back and it hit his glove.

Shannon struck out Kenny Brown for the second out – and his second strikeout – before giving up the game-ending blast to Rosco.

“Some of the games we just wait until the last inning, or something like that, and come up with a miracle,” Rosco said.