Collins hurls complete game; Lakewood pounds Pomona
ARVADA - Both teams are fighting to get out of the middle of the pack of the 5A Jeffco standings but just one team helped thcause.
Lakewood went on the road and defeated Pomona 15-2 Saturday at Bart Mapps Field. The Tigers erupted for 15 runs off 18 hits scoring six runs in both the fifth and seventh inning.
However, what will go unappreciated because of all of their offense was the pitching effort of Lakewood sophomore Danny Collins who threw a complete game giving up just two runs on four total hits.
“We showed today what kind of team we can be but it is on us to come out every game and play the way we played today,” Collins said
But Pomona actually led early in the action. The Panthers struck first getting a run in the first inning and then another in the third.
“We looked good early, we were competing and then the wheels just kind of came off,” Pomona coach E.J. Mapps said. “This is just one of the games you want to forget and then get back to work.”
The Tigers roared later in the action getting six runs in the fifth inning. Senior Matt McMillan went 3-for-5 and scored twice, and senior Riley Collins went 3-for-5 scoring three times and then driving in three more.
“We know we are a good team, and today everything went our way. But we need to still find ways to win when things don’t necessarily go our way,” Lakewood coach Derrick Patterson said.
Still, Pomona remains atop Lakewood in 5A Jeffco standings. Pomona (6-9, 2-2) doesn’t have as good of an overall record as Lakewood (8-7, 2-3), but the Panthers 2-2 league record is one game better than the Tigers 2-3 record.
Pomona has dropped back-to-back league games but had won four of its previous five games.
“We have shown we can play with anybody in our league but have also shown we can be beat by anybody. We need to find some consistency and finish our season strong,” Mapps said.
Lakewood is 4-4 over its last eight games winning one game and then losing the next over that stretch. However, the Tigers have displayed the kind of offensive power that gives them the chance to compete with even the most explosive offenses.
But it is Pomona despite its unflattering overall record that sits just one game out of first place in 5A Jeffco behind Standley Lake, Ralston Valley and Chatfield who are all 3-1 in league play.
Pomona will host Standley Lake Thursday at 4 p.m. in what will be a critical league game.
Lakewood will host Standley Lake Saturday at 4 p.m.