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Baseball's waiting game begins for Frederick

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By Steve Smith

LONGMONT -- A playoff berth was there for the taking May 3 in Longmont.

But after Skyline rallied to beat Frederick 7-3 on the Falcons' field, the Warriors have to wait until May 7 to find out if they qualify for the state 4A baseball playoffs.

Before Saturday's game started, FHS was 25th in the wild-card point standings. A couple of miscues in the field put the Warriors in a wait-and-see mode. 

 

"It's a tough loss," said third baseman Trystin Montano, who had two doubles in the game. One of those two-baggers set up a Frederick run. "We knew if we won this, we were most likely in. Now we just have to have to wait for a wild card to see if we get in. It sucks knowing we have to wait for other teams to see if we get a chance to get into the playoffs."

"It's rough. You come into this expecting to win, and we did," FHS coach Ted Clapp said. "Our kids showed up. They did a good job. They battled through everything. We had a little mental hiccup there, and it came back to bite us in the butt. We think we are far enough up to get that berth. We're going to be right on the edge. If we get it, we can play with anybody."

Skyline took advantage of some defensive lapses to score five runs in the fourth. More defensive problems for the Warriors helped the Falcons get two more runs in the sixth inning.

"We were up. Then we had an inning where we fell apart," Montano said. "That really hurt us. We never climbed back after that. We didn't stay up like we should have. Every other game, we'd rally up. This time, it felt different."

Montano's fourth-inning double turned into a run, thanks to a Brandon Schaa RBI base hit. Schaa also singled home a run during a two-run, second-inning rally.

"I was seeing the ball well today," Montano said. "It was good. That last double (in the sixth inning), I was down in the count. So I shortened up and threw the hands. The other one looked good, so I just swung at it."

Frederick finished the regular season with a mark of 11-8 and took fourth place in the Tri Valley Conference.

"If we get a spot, we're going to go and beat the team we're going to play," Montano said. "We have to keep positive and hope we're in."

"If we had pulled off a win, we'd have been in," Clapp said. "Without that, we're up in the air. We're not alone. We'll see what happens. It was a big win Thursday to get us in position. Today really would have helped. Now, we're going to wait and see and take it from that point."

Frederick blanked Skyline 5-0 May 1 in Frederick. Eric Worley had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Ryan Cawthra and Michael Broz added doubles. Josh Entrekin picked up the complete-game victory. He allowed four hits and struck out three.

"It was a big deal for us to get to this point," Clapp said. "Now we're relying on what happens everywhere else. Our kids are ready to go to work Monday. We're going to come out and get whoever we're up against if we get that berth."