By the time Falcon finally took the field Saturday at the Pikes Peak Palmer Baseball Tournament, summer-like conditions had yielded to cool and dreary, with nagging showers making most every play an adventure.
Then the Falcons seemed to succumb to the elements, opening the floodgates with a sloppy fourth inning in an 8-5 loss to Garden City (Kan.) Elite at Spurgeon Field.
Falcon took a 3-1 lead into the fourth inning behind junior pitcher Josh Thompson.
Then, the rains started, followed by Garden City's four-run outburst, triggered by a two-out throwing error that allowed the tying run to score. Thompson then uncorked a wild pitch to plate the go-ahead run, with another scoring on the same play after an errant throw by Falcon catcher Logan Harris.
"The conditions made it tough, but it's something you have to get through," Thompson said. "The ball got wet, but there's not much you can do about it. We've had some tough breaks, but we have a good squad. We just have to keep our heads up and stay positive."
Saturday marked the third and final day of pool play between the two, five-team divisions of the annual tournament. Saturday's wet weather did delay the final pool-play game, pushing a matchup between Denver's Hit Streak and Monument to 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Vista Ridge.
Palmer, which swept through pool play, will play for the title at 3 p.m. Sunday. At press time, its opponent had not been determined.
Falcon, which dropped to 1-2 in pool play, scored twice in the second inning to take an early lead.
Adam Glauvitz singled home Alex Van Eaton, then Peter Troupe's single drove in Andrew Bruntz for a 2-1 lead. Falcon padded the lead in the third. Trevor Alexander reached on a two-out error, advanced to third on a wild pickoff attempt by Garden City's pitcher, then scored on a wild pitch.
Then the Falcons gave it back.
"The takeaway is to learn from our mistakes, but we can't dwell on it," said Troupe, an incoming senior at The Classical Academy. "We've got to find a way to capitalize on our chances the next time we play."
Falcon did mount a rally in the fifth when Alexander drew a one-out walk and scored on a Bruntz groundout.
But Garden City answered in its half of the fifth after Thompson walked the leadoff batter, threw wildly to first on a subsequent sacrifice attempt and later walked in a run.