Dylan Sater had struggled at the plate. Through his team's first seven games he had three hits and a .167 batting average.
He righted that ship with a one-out, bases-clearing triple in the top of the sixth to put Doherty ahead for good and help the Spartans beat Pikes Peak region 5A No. 3 Fountain-Fort Carson 9-5 on Saturday in Fountain.
Sater drove an 0-2 fastball to right field and never slowed until he reached third. The hit felt like his first "real" hit of the season, he said.
"First hit that was a bomb and came through clutch for the team," said Sater, who finished with two hits, two runs and three RBIs. "To be honest, I was just trying to hit it to contact."
After blowing a 3-1 lead to fall behind 5-3, the Spartans (3-7, 1-3 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) scored five runs in the decisive sixth before adding one more in the seventh to notch their first league win.
"Huge, huge (win), definitely toward the record and a playoff push," reliever Zach Bosler said.
Bosler came on with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth and got Trevor Kramer to hit back to the box.
Bosler finished the save after facing four batters in the seventh.
"My defense is pretty solid," Bosler said. "As long as I throw strikes I trust my defense to get outs."
Two batters before taking the mound, Bosler leaped up at second base to rob Randy Pedraza of a hit and possibly prevent the Trojans (5-5, 2-1) from scoring a run.
"That's probably the highest he's elevated the last four years I've had him," Doherty coach Mike Berkey joked. "It was good to see him do that."
Starter Tony Goodman got the win, going 52/3, giving up five runs, one earned.
"As long as he (Goodman) can do that and then we can go to Zach or our bullpen, then I'm pretty comfortable right there," Berkey said.
The Trojans entered the game on a roll, having won three of four and both of their league games, including a win over Doherty earlier in the week.
But F-FC pitchers allowed Doherty's first two hitters to reach base in five of the first six innings. That forced the Trojans to not necessarily throw what they wanted to when they wanted to.
"It was a struggle throwing that first-pitch strike, so we were behind in the count," said starter Jarren Sly, who went four-plus innings and gave up Doherty's first three runs. "So we had to throw a lot of fastballs and they were just timing them."
Sly and the Trojans battled back. He homered in the first and Rayn Stratton drove in two during a four-run fifth that saw F-FC grab the two-run lead before Doherty's late rally.
"We battled back and we got the lead, and then we had some unlucky pitching," Trojans coach Andrew Johnson said. "Credit to them for hitting the ball and being able to score some runs."