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Chatfield and Foutch top Columbine in baseball rivalry

LITTLETON — Chatfield senior Christian Foutch finally had his chance to take the mound against rival Columbine in a Class 5A Jeffco League game on Saturday afternoon.

The University of Arkansas clerk didn’t disappoint as he threw a complete shutout in the Chargers’ 12-0 win that ended after five innings due to the 10-run leniency rule.

“It was great to kick off the Columbine game,” Foutch said. “It meant everything because I never pitched against Columbine. I just wanted to come here, fill the (strike) zone and make them win it all. I think I did a good job on that.

Foutch threw fewer than 70 pitches while striking out eight and giving up just two hits and a walk. Despite a strong wind blowing directly into center field, the hard-throwing right-hander only had the balls reach the outfield.

Senior Grayson Headrick singled late in the first inning and senior Brock Zanetell scored a single late in the fourth inning for the only two hits of the game for the Rebels (3-13, 0-3 in 5A Jeffco League ).

Foutch ended the game by catching a popup.

“I caught the last one,” Foutch said with a smile, adding he was pleased with how his defenders managed to catch four inside popups in the tricky wind. “I caught the last one. I just decided that I should be the one to end it.

Chatfield (6-8-1, 2-1) has seen an offensive surge since the start of conference play last week. The Chargers have had double-digit runs in all three league games. Senior Dylan Novotny led the charge against Columbine with solo homers to lead the second and third innings.

“Earlier in the game, I was thinking right side,” Novotny said of his approach to home plate. “I wanted to make sure I was on base to start these innings. I threw two balls and obviously, with the wind, it will carry them.

Novotny also walked and scored inside Chatfield’s top 6 in the fifth inning.

“It was really nice to have Foutch on the pitch with him and me both being seniors,” Novotny said. “As it was our last game against Columbine, we absolutely had to do something today because we weren’t going to leave this field with a loss.”

Senior Aidan Mullen went back-to-back with Novotny in the second inning ripping a solo home run out to left field closing the field after Novotny’s first home run.

“Aidan and Dylan both hit the ball really well,” Chatfield coach Brett Pieratt said. “They were off to BP (batting practice) this morning and thought today was going to be special for these two guys.”

It was the second game in a row where Chatfield was able to end the game early. The Chargers beat Bear Creek 16-1 in four innings on April 21. Two big wins after a rocky start to the conference on April 19 at Ralston Valley.

“It was really frustrating, for sure. Not just because I started the game, but seeing how we got on and couldn’t shut the door on them,” Foutch said of the match. 12-11 loss to Ralston Valley in the league opener where Chatfield led 11-5 after five innings.” It put a salty taste in our mouths and we’ve been focused on winning every game from now on. to win the league.”

Junior Mason Lowe had retired his first three plate appearances against Columbine, but the dual sport star scored a 3-run brace against the wall to push Chatfield’s lead to 10-0 in the top of the fifth inning.

“We think if we score 11 points, we should be anybody,” Pieratt said.

Chatfield have a non-league home game against Grandview on Monday, April 25. The Chargers return to conference play with three straight road games against Arvada West (April 28), Lakewood (April 30) and Valor Christian (May 3).

“We feel like everyone is going to suffer a defeat in the league,” said Pieratt. “We have a chance and we just have to keep playing. The last two games we’ve had quality starts from our pitchers and we’re hitting the ball.