PUEBLO — The Dawson School baseball team enjoyed its first trip to the Class 2A state tournament so much, the Mustangs decided to extend it's stay.

Despite entering the 16-team tournament as the 11th-seed, Dawson (16-4) picked up a pair of wins at the Runyon Field Sports Complex Saturday to earn a spot in next week's Final Four.

The Mustangs punched their ticket to the semifinals by breaking out the bats in a 13-3 six-inning victory over No. 11 Dayspring Christian Academy in the quarters. Dawson cranked out 11 hits in knocking off the Eagles (14-5), including a 3 for 4 effort from Seth Clemente.

Dayspring Christian jumped out to an early lead, plating a pair of runs in the top of the first. But the Mustangs evened things up in the home-half of the frame, then jumped ahead for good with four runs in the second. Luke Feigal supplied the big hit in the second, driving in a pair of runs with a two-out single to left.

Tanner Fulkerson picked up the win on the mound for Dawson, scattering seven hits while striking out eight in six innings of work.

The Mustangs opened tournament play by getting a stellar pitching performance from Feigal, who held sixth-seeded Rocky Ford to three hits in a 5-0 shutout. Feigal didn't walk any while striking out five, and also scored a pair of runs while going 2 for 3 at the plate.


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Fulkerson went 3 for 4 with a run scored, while Zachary Somerville and Cade McClellan each had an RBI in the win over the Meloneers (13-6).

Dawson will play No. 2 Sedgwick County next Saturday at 10 a.m. in the semifinals for the right to advance to the 1 p.m. championship game. No. 1 Paonia and No. 13 Limon play in the other semifinal.

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Dawson School 13, Dayspring Christian Academy 3, six innings

At Runyon Field Sports Complex

Dayspring Christian Academy 201 000 — 3 7 5

Dawson School 242 032 — 13 11 1

W —T. Fulkerson.

Dayspring Christian hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Fargo 3-1-1-0, Aiken 2-1-1-0, Cowles 3-1-1-1, Mondragon 3-0-2-0, Fitzgerald 3-0-1-1, Anderson 3-0-0-0, Phillips 2-0-0-0, Guzman 0-0-0-0, Hayden 3-0-1-0, Grover 3-0-0-0. SB —Cowles, Mondragon.

Dawson hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Clemente 4-3-3-3, T. Fulkerson 4-2-2-4, Slade 3-1-0-0, M. McClellan 2-0-1-1, Dodge 0-0-0-0, Feigal 4-0-1-2, Nannen 4-1-1-0, C. Fulkerson 2-2-0-0, C. McClellan 2-2-1-0, Somerville 2-1-2-0, Heroux 0-1-0-0, Devereux 1-0-0-0. 2B — Nannen, Clemente. 3B —Clemente.

Dayspring pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Fargo 2.1-6-8-2-4-2, Mondragon 2.1-3-3-3-1-2, Guzman 1-2-2-2-2-2.

Dawson pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — T. Fulkerson 6-7-3-3-2-8.

Dawson School 5, Rocky Ford 0

Dawson 020 030 0 — 5 8 3

Rocky Ford 000 000 0 — 0 3 2

W — Feigal.

Dawson hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Clemente 4-0-0-0, T. Fulkerson 4-1-3-0, Slade 4-1-2-0, M. McClellan 4-0-0-0, Feigal 3-2-2-0, Nannen 1-1-0-0, C. Fulkerson 2-0-0-0, C. McClellan 0-0-0-1, Somerville 3-0-1-1. 2B —T. Fulkerson. SB —T. Fulkerson, Feigal.

Rocky Ford hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Venem 3-0-0-0, Aragon 3-0-0-0, Cardenas 3-0-0-0, Garcia, Jr. 3-0-1-0, Preston 3-0-0-0, Rodriquez 3-0-1-0, Trujillo 3-0-0-0, Valdez 3-0-0-0, Soden 2-0-1-0.

Dawson pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Feigal 7-3-0-0-0-5.

Rocky Ford pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Preston 4.2-8-5-3-2-3, Garcia Jr. 2.1-0-0-0-1-0.