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With the school year over, every day is game day — seemingly — for Clear Creek baseball. The team, which is 2-9 overall, played five games in five days last week.
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With the school year over, every day is game day — seemingly — for Clear Creek baseball.
The team, which is 2-9 overall, played five games in five days last week, only winning against Gilpin County and Front Range Christian. The Golddiggers have two more games in the regular season, including Friday's senior night against Byers.
Last Thursday, Clear Creek traveled to Denver Christian, and despite an initial lead, the Golddiggers ultimately fell to the Thunder 19-8. A mercy rule ended the game after the top of the fifth inning.
"It's been a long week," Coach Stan Gould said. "... I thought we battled pretty good."
Part of Clear Creek's challenges was that main pitcher Seattle Schuessler threw so many pitches the previous day at Gilpin County that he wasn't able to pitch again until Saturday, because of CHSAA pitch count rules, Gould explained,
So, Kiefer Zabel started Thursday against the Thunder.
"If we'd thrown our number-one pitcher today, I think we could've beat them," Gould said.
The Golddiggers got off to a strong start in the first inning, scoring four runs on two plays, including a triple.
However, in the second inning, the Thunder answered back in a big way.
Errors at third base allowed two runners to get home on consecutive plays. After a third runner made it home, a Denver Christian double tied the game at 4. Shortly after, a home run by Henry Vandenberg put the score at 6-4.
In the third inning, with the bases loaded, the Thunder scored two more runs on a long ball to the outfield, making the score 8-4. A single gave them a ninth run, and a later triple got all the base runners home.
Staring down an eight-point deficit as the fourth inning started, the Golddiggers answered back.
After triple with two runners on base, and a sacrifice fly made the score 12-7. An eight run followed shortly after.
But, the Golddigger defense couldn't contain the Thunder in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Denver Christian scored seven more runs.
Clear Creek got one more chance at-bat in the fifth, but couldn't capitalize, and the mercy rule ended the game at 19-8.
Despite the score, Gould felt Thursday's game had been one of the team's better outings up to that point.
"The seniors stepped up, and (the players) had a great attitude," he continued. " ... The kids are improving."
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