Transitioning from the big round ball in basketball to the much smaller ball in baseball is a tough assignment under any circumstances. Fowler athletes participating in the two sports tried to do this in just one week after their very successful run to a third-place finish in the Class 2A Colorado State Basketball Tournament.
To get the season underway, the Grizzlies were co-hosts in the Fowler/Rocky Ford Tournament Friday and Saturday.
Friday, the opening game came quickly and went the same way as Fowler faced a good dual pitching performance from Limon’s Drew Albers and J. Hernandez. The two Badger throwers allowed just five hits for the day to get the win at 10-5.
Limon jumped out to 4-0 lead in the first inning and remained out front throughout, despite a four-inning scoring run by the Fowler nine.
Braxton Bates produced two hits in four at bats, Hunter Mason went two for three and Quinton Flanscha was one for four with two runs scored to lead the Grizzlies offense in the loss.
The afternoon game Friday had the Grizzlies going up against the Dayspring Christian Academy, who made the long trip from Greeley.
Things were looking up for the Grizzlies as they built a four-run lead at 5-1 going into the last three innings. Unfortunately, the visiting Eagles exploded in those last innings to outscore the Grizzlies 12-5 and taking the win with the final score 13-10.
Rylee Smith had a double for the only Grizzlies extra base hit.
The final game of the tournament was a short one, as the Fowler nine faced a solid pitching performance from Calhan’s Joe Hayes. Fowler led after the first, but it was pretty much all Calhan from there on, with Hayes allowing just six hits for the day in the 10-run-rule shortened victory at 14-4.
Sophomore Gabriel Proctor had two hits on three at bats with one RBI to lead the Grizzlies in the loss.
Things turned around for the Grizzlies on Monday, though, with a 15-0 win over Ellicott in a four-inning nonconference game. Jonathan Mobbley got the win for Fowler.
Tuesday, the Grizzlies travel to Peyton. Game time is 3:30 p.m.