It was unusual to watch the Cherry Creek baseball team make mistakes.
On May 1 in a game that decided the Centennial League championship, Grandview capitalized on Creek mistakes and pulled out a 4-2 victory.
Creek got a winning pitching effort from junior right-hander Cameron Larson but Bruin mistakes in the second and fourth innings made the difference in the game.
“Yep, too many mistakes,” said Creek coach Marc Johnson. “That was unlike our club because Cam threw pretty good but we had several errors mentally and physically.
“It was one of those days. I don’t feel Grandview beat us, we beat us. I mean they (the Wolves) deserved it. We didn’t deserve it.”
In the second inning, Creek scored twice and had runners on second and third base with nobody out when a suicide squeeze bunt failed. Both runners were tagged out and the Bruins failed to add any more runs.
Grandview scored three times in the fourth inning when Creek had three errors. The worst one was partially a mental errors when two runners scored on a botched pick-off attempt at third base.
“That was another huge mistake,” said Johnson. “That scored two runs and that’s what they beat us by.”
Cherry Creek had the tying runs on second and third base with one out in the top of the seventh inning but did not score.
Larson allowed only three hit in six innings and struck out 12 batters.
“Cam had a great, great game,” added Johnson.
Cherry Creek, however, managed only three hits against Grandview’s Jax Pfister.
“We need to learn from this and move forward,” said Johnson. “We’re not done and we know it. We have the playoffs.”
Cherry Creek beat Cherokee Trail 13-2 on May 2 to finish the regular season with a 14-6 record and 6-1 in the Centennial League heading into the Centennial League Showdown tournament, which started May 5.
Grandview headed into the post-season league tourney with a 14-5 record and a 7-0 league mark.