BROOMFIELD — New squad, same results for the Legacy Lightning’ baseball team.
Despite graduating 14 seniors last season, Legacy hasn’t lost a step this season on the diamond.
Behind the power hitting of Hunter Parnell and Jake Bublitz the Lightning rolled to a 6-3 win over Mountain Range on Saturday to improve to 2-0 in the Front Range League.
“We are there, we are close,” said Bublitz, who went 1 for 3 with a home run.
“We have a lot of power and contact on the team. Hopefully when we put it all together it will be lethal.”
Bublitz is one of four players returning with varsity experience, but the Lightning have been playing like a well-oiled machine so far this season.
“We are just finding a way to win,” Bublitz said. “That is all that matters right now.”
Three of Legacy’s four losses came at the Vero Beach Spring Training tournament which is held in Florida, the Lightning only other loss was to No. 5 Ralston Valley.
Since returning from Florida the Lightning have been on a roll, topping Standley Lake 2-1 and getting league wins over Fossil Ridge and Mountain Range.
“I think the kids have done a great job of coming together as a club,” Legacy coach Ty Giordano said. “They are figuring out what they are suppose to do, what their roles are. And when that happens you can play good baseball.”
On Saturday, Legacy only had five hits but the Lightning made them count.
Parnell hit a 2-run home run over left field in the second inning and Bublitz hit a solo shot in the fifth. Wyatt Cross had an RBI single in the first and Adrian Lomeli also had a sacrifice fly for Legacy.
Lomeli also had two hits in the win.
It wasn’t until the sixth inning that the Mustangs made some noise.
Andrew Wamsley, Jacob Mihalick Jarosak and David Newton had RBI singles to cut into the Lightning lead.
The Mustangs rally was cut short after Devin Payne snagged a line drive at third base to force a double play.
Matt Maestas continued his strong hitting for Mountain Range, going 3 for 3 on the day with a run.
Mountain Range dropped to 2-7 overall and 0-1 in the FRL. The Mustangs previous games in the FRL have been canceled due to snow.
“The rivalry is always nice,” Bublitz. “I know a few kids over there, still a good competition. It’s crazy to think that this is my fourth and final last time playing them.”