BY NICK ROBINSON
COLORADO SPRINGS — With two victories (8-5, 9-3) on Wednesday afternoon against Batter’s Box, the Colorado Springs Renegades have leaped to second place in the MHCBL standings, as the second-half of the season begins.
“It feels good,” Renegades catcher Randy Good said. “We really don’t focus on really anything other than playing ball. Everything else will fall into place. I think that’s what has been working for us so far this summer.”
Six runs in the first four innings helped Colorado Springs (11-5) hold off a three-run sixth from Batter’s Box (6-10). Rodney Gregg (5 IP, 6 K’s) earned the victory, while Good (2-4, 3 RBI’s, 1 R) led offensively.
“In that first game, we just chipped away a few runs at a time,” Good explained. “We were able to build a lead that was able to benefit us in that sixth inning, when they made a run.”
The second of the twin bill was close, until the Renegades erupted for seven runs in the last two innings. Grant Shady picked up the victory, while Bryce McKee (2-4, 3 RBI’s) and Good (2-3, 2 RBI’s) guided Colorado Springs.
“It was close for a while, but we just do us,” Good said. “No one here tries too hard to make plays. It’s just natural. When you’re laid back, good things happen.
Last week I changed my stance up and got really open with it. I’ve been able to see the ball a lot better and it’s helped my confidence personally.”
Good, a Colorado Springs native, credits his relationship with head coach Joe Pacheco on his success.
“I played for Joe (Pacheco) in high school,” he explained. “He’s been the coach that has always helped me the most. Without him, I’m not sure if I would be playing college baseball. It’s been great coming back to play for him.”
A mixture of that, and easy-going teammates makes for a successful formula.
“We are so connected,” Good said. “We’ve turned into great friends and most of us didn’t even grow up together. We share the love of the game and we want to win for each other, that’s what makes it special.”
The Renegades look to extend their winning streak to five on Saturday, as they play the Colorado Khaos at Heritage High School.
“I would love to go to Wichita, especially with my college being in Kansas (Bethany College),” Good said. “We have a lot of work left to do this season. But it feels good to get off to a great start.”
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