by Jon Leininger and Alec O’Meara
Legend baseball came into the 2014 season with high hopes and even higher expectations, as they were ranked sixth in the CHSAA preseason poll. But things haven’t panned out for this young team as they sit at (4-9) halfway through the season.
As was the case with 2013 Colorado Rockies, this years Legend offense has been exceptional while the pitching has been sub-par. The Titans sit at fifth in the league in runs scored while they’re eighth in runs against.
Dakota Marley has done his best to keep this Titan team afloat so far this season. The junior pitcher has recorded a 3.25 earned run average through 28 innings pitched this season. Marley is also hitting .444 and has one home run in 19 plate appearances.
Also, junior transfer Greg Pickett has had a huge impact on the Legend offense since he was called up for junior varsity. Pickett is hitting .538 and already has two home runs in only four games played this season. The first baseman will need to spark the offense if the Titans are to make a second half run.
Ace of the staff Peyton Remy has not exactly lived up to the preseason hype. The junior is 0 and 4 and has a 5.50 earned run average in 28 innings pitched. Remy came into the year with high expectations along with a baseball scholarship to the University of New Mexico.
The Titans have six games left in the season including games against two of the top teams in the state in Mountain Vista and Regis. Legend will need to pick up their game and finish this season strong of they are to have any chance at making a state run.
“I can’t think of a better way to start the season than with Creek under the lights,” said assistant coach Brent Jackson (via twitter). The Titans will take on the Cherry Creek Bruins tonight under the lights at Double Angel Park.
Legend comes into the season ranked sixth in the CHSAA preseason poll, while the Bruins enter the year ranked fourth.
Tonight’s matchup will most likely showcases two of the best young pitchers in the state, Peyton Remy and Cody Wood.
Wood, a 5-foot-8 junior from Cherry Creek had a tremendous sophomore campaign. The two sport athlete had a 2.04 earned run average and 29 strikeouts in 34 and a third innings pitched.
Legend will send junior Peyton Remy to the bump for the season opener. The one year vet put up terrific numbers his sophomore year. Remy had a 3.03 earned-run-average and had 48 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched.
Remy does have his work cut out for him as he faces one of the best offences in Colorado. The Bruins had a team .383 batting average along with 22 home runs. Second baseman Jack Hallmark will lead the Bruins into Double Angel Field. The senior hit .386 last year with three doubles and nine runs batted in. The Bruins also return senior Matt Rindal who hit .328 as a junior and had three home runs.
Legend brings back seniors Carter Kling and Chandler Campbell, and junior Jordan Stephens. These three vets will play an intricate role if the Titans are to take down the Bruins tonight.