BROOMFIELD — There is always that pivotal moment in any baseball game that changes everything.
For Holy Family senior Weston Siefken, it came very early on Tuesday afternoon against Mead. The first three Mavericks hitters reached and he was facing a bases loaded, no out situation right out of the gate.
But he induced a 6-4-3 double play ball from Mead clean-up man Brady Veltien that plated the only Mavericks run of the game and would settle in after that. He retired the next 12 hitters he faced — including nine straight strikeouts at one point — en route to a complete game two-hitter in the Tigers 4-1 victory.
“I came out of the gate and I just really wanted to go. I had a week off to think and get ready for this game and I think I was just trying to go a little too fast,” said Siefken, who finished with 12 strikeouts. “That double play helped settle me down and I took a deep breath and pitched how I was taught to pitch.”
Said Holy Family coach Marc Cowell, whose team improved to 8-4 overall and 4-1 in the Tri-Valley League: “When they came in, I told them I considered (one run there) a victory and know let’s go out there and win the inning. They put the two up in the bottom half and (Siefken) settled in nicely and that’s all she wrote.”
It was an equally impressive effort by Mead starter Caleb Ayers, who didn’t get much help from his defense and ended up the hard-luck losing pitcher. The Mavericks made five total errors, none more costly than the two in the opening frame.
Josh Baker’s slow roller along the third base line got by Veltien and Baker ended up on second. Then Zach Becker’s grounder to short ate up shortstop Nick Jacobs, who didn’t have a play. It set up runners at the corners for Colin Kringlen, who delivered a single back up the middle to tie the game at 1-1.
After a Jacob Callaway walk, senior Matthew Delgado punched in what would be the game-winning run with a single to left.
“If you put it in play, they’ve got to make plays,” said Cowell, who admitted his team is close after four straight wins. “I thought they did a good job there, but we were still a little off on the outside pitch, but we will get there.”
The rest of the game belonged to Siefken, who had complete control of his entire repertoire. He struck out the side in the second, third and fourth innings, throwing just 35 pitches in the process — five for balls.
“It was a bit of feeling thing and after four, it started feeling really good,” Siefken said. “The big thing there was the off-speed stuff, and if I can command the off-speed pitches, I can do a lot of damage.”
The only Mead base runner over the final six innings, was Britton Miller, who reached on an error in the fifth.
The Tigers are slated to be back in action on Thursday at Fort Morgan, weather pending.
HOLY FAMILY 4, MEAD 1
At Kevin Ritz Field
Mead (3-6, 2-3) 100 000 0 — 1 2 5
Holy Family (8-4, 4-1) 210 001 X — 4 7 1
Mead hitting (AB-R-H-RBI) — Matt French 3-1-1-0, Ryan McDaniel 3-0-1-0, Nick Jacobs 2-0-0-0, Brady Veltien 3-0-0-1, Tanner Leise 3-0-0-0, Wyatt Zsidisin 3-0-0-0, Caleb Ayers 0-0-0-0, Ethan Watkins 2-0-0-0, Britton Miller 2-0-0-0, Cory Boaz 2-0-0-0. Totals 23-1-2-1.
Holy Family hitting — Nick McGowan 4-1-1-0, Josh Baker 4-1-2-0, Zach Becker 4-1-1-1, Colin Kringlen 4-0-1-1, Weston Siefken 0-0-0-0, Jacob Callaway 1-0-0-0, Caden Lim 0-0-0-0, Matthew Delgado 2-0-1-1, Emannuel King 3-0-1-0, Connor Cooney 2-0-0-0, Cord Kinglen 1-0-0-0, Davis Martinez 3-1-0-0. Totals 28-4-7-3.
Mead pitching (IP-H-R-ER-BB-K) — Ayers 5-5-3-1-1-6, Zsidisin 1-2-1-0-0-2.
Holy Family pitching — Siefken 7-2-1-1-1-12.