GOLDEN — Golden senior Carlie Fajardo accepted the good with the bad on Saturday morning.
Fajardo hit a commanding solo home run to lead in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Demons a 2-0 home lead over Lakewood.
“Honestly, it was so much fun to do that,” Fajardo said of his first homer of the season in the Demons’ impressive 8-0 victory. “We were only one point ahead. I wanted to change the momentum a bit with a base hit. It was the best possible result.
However, the senior recorded a pair of outs late in the sixth inning. Fajardo lined up to the pitcher to start the inning and went out at second base to end what would be a 6-run inning to seal the big win over the Tigers.
“I was super proud of my team to continue in the lineup,” Fajardo said of round six. “In the end, I wasn’t able to get the shot I wanted, but it’s a win in my book with what my teammates did.”
The victory gives Golden (2-3) the chance to return to the .500 mark next week in road games at Boulder and Bear Creek.
“Every time we face Lakewood, we know it’s going to be a game,” Golden coach Steph Martinez said. “It was a big win for us for sure.”
Golden senior pitcher Mia Rauzi was huge in the win. Rauzi threw a complete shutout while striking out eight. Lakewood only had four hits and advanced only two runners in scoring position.
“Right now we’re just riding Mia,” Martinez said. “She’s in a different kind of zone right now. It’s great to see for his senior year.
Rauzi took on a new routine while throwing that was on display Saturday morning.
“Over the summer, I kind of got this routine of walking halfway to second base (between pitches),” Rauzi said. “It keeps me in the game and allows me to think about what I want to do next.”
It was the Demons’ first shutout win of the season and the first shutout loss the Tigers (2-4) have suffered this year.
Golden’s offense erupted in the sixth inning with five hits to score all six runs. Senior Gracie Putman had a big 2-point triple to start the scoring. Sophomore Madeline Stubenrauch ripped a 2-run single and junior Grace Corbin finished the scoring with a 2-run single.
“We had a few chances early on but couldn’t get the runs,” Martinez said of the 6-run breakout inning in the sixth. “It took a few hits. I was excited about our energy this round. Many good things have happened.
The Demons had 10 points in their other win this season against another 5A Jeffco team at Dakota Ridge earlier in the week.
“After our first two games we are hitting the ball better,” Rauzi said. “We have a solid defense and with Carlie and I we have the pitching under control.”
Golden finished third in the 4A Jeffco League last year behind Wheat Ridge and state runner-up D’Evelyn. The Demons haven’t won the conference title since 2019, when Golden was the state runner-up.
“We have a tough non-league schedule in place to prepare for the league,” Martinez said in preparation for the Jeffco League 4A game which begins in a few weeks. “We’ve been preaching all year that we’re going to use those non-league games to prepare for the league because that’s when it matters the most. Games like these make us better.
Lakewood graduated half a dozen seniors from last year’s squad that finished 18-9 and advanced to the second round of the 5A state tournament.