Tristen Crowther puts a ball in play for Centauri during the Falcon's big win on Tuesday. Crowther batted .750 on the day and tied for the team lead of 4 RBI.
SANFORD — Tuesday evening saw Centauri (4-5-0) travel a hop, skip and a jump east to face Sanford (4-2-0). The Falcons had a great game taking home a 21-1 victory.
Sanford opened their schedule with the Las Animas tournament. Their first game resulted in a loss to Calhan. Over of the course of a week Sanford followed that loss with a four game win streak. A win over Las Animas, one at Sierra Grande’s expense and the final two in a double-header with Del Norte. Unfortunately those wins left more questions than answers for Sanford.
Las Animas and Del Norte have no wins among them, and the Indians are the only varsity opponent that Sierra Grande has taken the field against. Sanford was itching for another quality opponent to see how far they’ve come, enter Centauri.
Centauri has gotten a few chances to test their mettle in the opening weeks of the baseball season. The Falcons have measured themselves against the likes of 2A’s Peyton, Limon and Sargent- ranked respectively one, two and ten. In four games against those ranked opponents the Falcons went 1-3. While the Falcons get a good idea what they’re made of, unfortunately losses don’t help one’s RPI and Centauri currently occupies spot number 29 in the 3A rankings.
Exacerbating frustrations the Falcons entered the league portion of their schedule on a low note with two losses to Intermountain rival Alamosa over the weekend.
Tuesday afternoon Centauri took an early lead leaving the Indians in the starting blocks. The Falcons would collect a pair of runs in each of the first three innings while shutting Sanford out making the game 6-0 at the top of the fourth. What followed was an offensive explosion from the visitors.
Brandon Buhr got the run started for Centauri with a double to left field. After Brian Shawcroft got on base with a walk and Buhr and Shawcroft stole third and second base respectively Zach Martin batted Buhr in and was Centauri’s first out. Tristen Crowther would then collect a double on errors to bat Shawcroft in before being sent home by Martin Garcia. Six runs, and another cycle through the batting order and Centauri turned out a 9 run inning to make it a 15-0 game. The top of the fifth the Falcons would add six more runs to make it 21-0.
With the bottom of the fifth inning looking conceivably like the end of the game Sanford would get on the board. Brady Blinzinger was walked to first base and a balk gave him second base. Thad Jackson would then bat Blinzinger in to end the shut out. The Falcons had three hitters registering a team leading 4 RBI and 3 runners with a team leading 3 runs.
Centauri will go back to the IML when they host Monte Vista (2-7-0) this weekend in a double header Apr. 7 starting at 11 a.m. Sanford will welcome South Park (1-5-0) on Friday Apr. 6 for a double header starting at 10 a.m.