The April 15 Littleton-Standley Lake baseball game appeared to be up for grabs early.
Littleton scored a run in the bottom of the first inning and there were four lead changes through the top of the fifth inning when the Lions were leading 7-5 before breaking the game open. They batted around as they combined key hits and walks with aggressive base running to score eight runs en route to winning 15-5.
“We struggled a little at the start of the year but our team is on the way up,” Lions coach Bob Bote said. “We are starting to hit the ball and getting some good pitching so I think the second half of the season we will be very good.”
He said the Lions are a blend of experience levels, with four seniors, four juniors and four sophomores on the varsity roster.
“We don't have a single strong point,” he said. “We are just trying to be consistent in all three phases of the game: defense, pitching and hitting.”
The Lions led 7-5 when they came to bat in the home half of the fifth inning. Paul Scheibel got the scoring rolling with an RBI double and Jared Dreiling's double drove in two more runs to make the score 10-5. With one out and the bases loaded, the Lions collected walks to score five runs to make the score 15-5 and end the game because of the 10-run rule.
Littleton collected a total of 10 hits, which included two doubles and a triple.
Jared Dreiling went 3-for-4, stole two bases and collected three hits that included a double as he drove in three runs. Scheibel stole a base, hit a double and drove in a pair of runs. Max Fidler drove in two runs and Fernando Duran had the team's triple.
Grant Foster was the winning pitcher. He threw 2 2/3 innings, gave up six hits, two runs and struck out four. Reliever Jake Kissell came in, pitched 2 1/3 innings, gave up three hits, three runs, struck out two and got the save.
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Dreiling, a senior catcher, is acknowledged as the team leader.
“I been playing baseball since I was about 4, but I started catching when I was a freshman because our freshman summer team didn't have a catcher. It just kind of stuck and I like playing the position,” he said. “I am a very vocal leader, I know the game of baseball and I think being the catcher is a good fit for me.”
The win over Standley Lake raised Littleton's overall record to 5-6 and their 4A Jefferson County League record to 2-1, which ties them with Wheat Ridge and Green Mountain for second place. The Lions have three more regular-season games on the schedule before the start of the league tournament April 29.