The Centaurus baseball program has something to hang its hat on for the summer, and head coach Mark Gonzales couldn't have been more proud.

The Warriors chose to participate in the Colorado Baseball League this year at all levels of play, and the program's top-tier squad walked away at the end with a share of the Division 2 Level 1 title at the Pride of America Baseball Championships this past weekend.

It's easier to solve a Rubik's Cube than figure out the standings and divisions in the CBL, but Centaurus finished 11-2-2 in the league standings.

Their last game played was a loss to Grandview 2 in the championship series, but because weather interfered with a second "if" game league officials decided the teams would share the title.

All in all, it was a good first summer for the program under a new regime. Only a couple of kids chose to play club ball, so the upper-tier team is pretty consistent with what the Warriors will field come springtime.

"It was all our returning players with exception of a few, and there were a couple of JV players mixed in there as well. It was real successful," Gonzales said. "It's exciting because we want to change the culture into one where winning is the expectation.

"One of our goals during this summer, with me being with the team a little longer, was to start that mindset. We had some young players step up and shine when given the chance. We've gotten some great feedback from the kids about how things are going."


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