The Grizzlies had a very busy weekend and should be well pleased that they took care of the business at hand. One game last Thursday and two on Saturday were the tasks they faced.
The team traveled to Pueblo Thursday to face Dolores Huerta Prep in what turned out to be a nail-biter at the end.
Fowler took the lead at 8-2 through the first three innings. They kept the pressure on in the sixth and seventh innings to lead 11-2 with just the bottom of the seventh remaining. The Scorpions had their rally caps on, though, and scored six runs before their bats cooled. The final was a white-knuckle win at 11-8.
Luke Bitter got the win, striking out five.
Quinton Flanscha contributed four innings on the bump and had the only extra base hit, a double.
Drew Egan, Jackson Bates, Zane Denton and Gabriel Proctor each had two hits on the day.
Saturday morning against Crowley County, Johnathan Mobbley took the mound for Fowler and went the full seven innings for the win with six strikeouts in another close one.
The Grizzlies jumped in front in the first three innings to take a 6-1 lead but had to hold on tight and fight off a late rally by the Chargers to get the victory at 7-5.
The afternoon game was a short one with Fowler dispatching Las Animas in five mercy-ruled innings.
Zane Denton pulled down the win pitching four innings with five strikeouts before Mobbley finished the game, taking the mound in the fifth. Mobbley got the first triple of the season in the 14-2 win.
“Our batters are getting more confident with each at bat,” said coach Mark Lowther. “The pitchers have been doing a great job of throwing strikes and limiting free passes on the bases. We finally get a full week of much-needed practice to work on the small things before facing John Mall this Saturday.”
Fowler is now 6-4 overall and 3-0 in league play.
Next up, a double header at John Mall Saturday with a starting time change to 9 and 11 a.m.
Fowler 11, DHPH 8
Fowler; 116 001 2 - 11 14 1
Dolores Huerta; 002 000 6 - 8 13 2
Fowler 5, Crowley County
Fowler;420 001 X - 7 5 5
Crowley County;100 220 05 - 5 9 4
Fowler 14, Las Animas 2 (5 innings)
Fowler;154 4x - 14 - -
Las Animas;001 10 - 2 - -