Palmer wins behind 1-hitter and Justin Briggs' 2 hits before surgery

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Palmer junior Justin Briggs will undergo Tommy John surgery in 10 days.

Until then, you won't have much luck getting him off the diamond.

Jordan Chappell tossed a one-hitter and Briggs chipped in two hits and his first RBI of the season as the team's designated hitter, leading the Terrors past Rampart 7-1 in Monday's league opener at Spurgeon Field.

Briggs was expected to be the other top arm before suffering an elbow injury in the first game of the season three weeks ago for the Terrors (3-5, 1-0 5A Colorado Springs Metro League).

Unable to throw, he's been insistent to stay in the lineup up to the day he goes under the knife.

"I think it's important to help the team and just do anything I can, while I can," said Briggs, whose last game of the year will be April 11 against Doherty after the team's bye week. "Once I get surgery I won't be able to swing for months."

Chappell certainly can appreciate his teammate's commitment and says it fueled him on the mound.

The senior worked quickly through Rampart (1-7, 0-1) and 40-degree temperatures, allowing just one soft single in the first inning while striking out 10.

It took him only 98 pitches for his second win of the season.

"I think for me, personally, I come out here with the intent of playing for him," Chappell said. "He's still doing a good job at the plate, putting the ball in play, doing what he needs to do. He's pushing through it."

The Rams scored one or no runs for the third time this season and lost their third game in a row.

They also committed seven errors.

"Young man mistakes," said Rampart coach Daniel Jackson, who has only one senior on roster. "You can see they're a little overmatched because they're young.

"Unfortunately, we're going to drop some games where some errors kill us."

With the Rams' help Monday, the Terrors manufactured seven runs despite not having an extra-base hit.

Mason Collier, who had two RBIs, scored from second with two outs in the first after the Rams made consecutive errors on throws to first and home.

Briggs followed it with an RBI single a batter later, and Collier drove in another run in the third to give the Terrors a 3-0 lead.

In the fourth, the Terrors added another run when Alfayad Khan hit a shallow single to score Dominic Ambuul, who slid to the outside of the baseline to avert the tag at home. And in the fifth, they made it 5-1 as Collier trotted home from third on a balk.

Collier and Chappell sacrificed runs home in the sixth.

"When the conditions are like this, when the wind is blowing in and it's cold out, you need to manufacture runs somehow, someway," Palmer coach Mike Hagen said. "We put it together."

Rampart got its run in the fourth when Brio Rookey scored on a wild pitch.

"We have nowhere to go but up, pretty much," Rookey said. "Once we find a groove, start pitching and hitting, we will be OK."