LITTLETON — Chatfield’s bats are starting to heat up as Class 5A Jeffco League play draws closer.
The Chargers (3-6-1) scored in double digits for the second straight game Thursday at Chatfield High School. The Chargers put on a striking display in nearly two and a half hours against Fairview (1-6).
“The bats have come alive in the last two games. We’re happy with that,” Chatfield coach Brett Pieratt said after his team went 17 hits in six innings.
Chatfield took a 19-9 victory that eventually ended with second hitter Brady Snow ripping his fourth hit of the game with a 2-run single late in the sixth inning. Juniors Mason Lowe and Parker Murrow scored to induce the 10-point mercy rule.
“I always look away,” Snow said of his approach to the plate on the hit. “I feel like everything falls into place. It’s really my approach every at-bat is to go the other way.
Snow led the Chargers offensive attack. The second went 4-for-5 with five RBIs and was just one homer away from hitting for the cycle. Chatfield had five players with multiple hit games. Marrow had four runs with a 3-for-5 record.
Chatfield’s biggest inning came late in the second when the Chargers turned a 2-0 deficit into an 8-2 lead after sending a dozen batters home.
“We all just wanted to go,” Snow said of the 8-run second inning where the Chargers brutalized Fairview starting pitcher Trenton Fano for seven more hits. “We just wanted to hit and it came to life.”
Fairview made its own move. The Knights scored runs in every inning. Including a 2-run homer from junior Aidan Scott in the fifth inning and a 3-run homer from junior Aidan Armbruster in the top of the sixth that made it 14-9.
“We need to throw some more strikes early, but it’ll be fine,” Pieratt said of confidence in his team that played in the 8-team 5A State Tournament last season.
Junior Carson Sherrill started on the mound for the Chargers and dominated at times. He struck out nine batters in four innings of work, but also allowed four runs on seven hits. Junior Chase Neagle pitched the fifth inning for Chatfield. Neagle hit wide, but gave up a walk before allowing the 2-run home run.
Sophomore Lawson Stocking had consecutive strikeouts to start the sixth inning but gave up consecutive walks before giving up a 3-run homer. Senior Dylan Novotny ended the inning with the 14th strikeout of the game for the Charger pitchers.
Chatfield’s 5 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning ended the game and didn’t let the Knights return to home plate.
“It won’t be easier next week with Rock Canyon and Heritage,” Pieratt said of facing two top-10 ranked teams next week before heading into the Jeffco League 5A game on April 19. against Ralston Valley. “We have to clean up some things defensively.”