MARK LEFFINGWELL / Daily Camera
The title drive for Cameron Frazier and the rest of the Fairview Knights begins Friday morning against defending 5A state champion ThunderRidge

Baseball state tournament first round


CLASS 5A

(6) ThunderRidge vs. (3) Fairview

When: Friday, 10 a.m., Machebeuf High School

Records: ThunderRidge (14-7); Fairview (20-1)

Notes: Fairview opens the tournament against the reigning Class 5A champions, although ThunderRidge doesn’t appear quite as powerful as last season’s title-winning squad. Still in the fold, however, is standout shortstop Brody Westmoreland. The San Diego State-bound senior is batting .441 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs … Fairview has several sluggers of its own, notably first baseman Jeff Clarke (.581, five homers, 39 RBIs), center fielder Walker Harris (.413, six homers, 26 RBIs) and shortstop/leadoff man Cameron Frazier (.500, four home runs, 25 RBIs) … Four other regulars bat over .500 — Ryan Madden, Jake Thoning, Tim Ryan and Johnny Feauto … Ryan hit three home runs in two district games, wins over Mullen and Arapahoe … The Knights will deploy co-aces Madden (9-1, 2.94 ERA) and Ryan Kokora (9-0, 1.38), both quick-working right-handers … The winner will take on the Regis Jesuit-Rocky Mountain winner at 3 p.m., while the loser will play for its survival at 10 a.m. Saturday at All-City Field.

 

CLASS 4A

(7) Durango vs. (2) Longmont

When: Friday, 12:30 p.m., Cherokee Trail High School

Records: Durango (13-8); Longmont (14-7)

Notes: Longmont senior Andrew Bladt is the most clutch players in the Trojans lineup. His .412 average, complemented by three home runs and 27 RBIs, has included several timely hits … Trojans pitchers Will Amen (6-3, 2.80 ERA) and Brett Sterkel (5-4, 4.68) have been the innings eaters. The top horses in the rotation have combined to toss just over 102 innings … Longmont qualified for state in dramatic fashion with a 4-3, nine-inning win over Northern League-rival Broomfield in the District 5 title game … Durango features a balanced lineup with four players with at least 20 RBIs. Isiah Mayberry and Jeremy Szura each have 24 … Blake Dunlap and Lawrence Mayberry have been the Demons’ top pitchers … The winner will take on the Valor Christian-Wheat Ridge winner at 3 p.m. while the loser will wait until Saturday to play.

 

(5) Green Mountain vs. (4) Niwot

When: Friday, 12:30 p.m., All Star Park

Records: Green Mountain (15-6); Niwot (18-3)

Notes: Niwot pitchers Bryan Meek and Ford Ladd each enter the tournament 6-0. Meek, an Air Force signee, has a 2.84 ERA and has struck out 55 in just over 46 innings … Pate Katechis has paced the Cougars’ hitting attack with a .438 average, four homers and 28 RBIs. Niwot also has gotten good run production from Tanner Kirkpatrick, who has driven in 23 … Niwot has lost only two in-state games, one to Silver Creek and one to Broomfield … Green Mountain has a clear-cut ace in junior Josh Ramirez (9-2, 2.64 ERA). He has logged 53 innings, almost 30 more than anyone else on the staff … Wyatt Featherston has given the Rams lineup some thunder with six homers and 29 RBIs and Cole Shetterly has added five round-trippers and 31 RBIs … The winner will take on the Palmer Ridge-Evergreen winner at 3 p.m. while the loser will wait until Saturday to play.

 

CLASS 3A

(7) Florence vs. (2) Holy Family

When: Friday, 12:30 p.m., Niwot High School

Records: Florence (14-7); Holy Family (19-1)

Notes: The Holy Family lineup is power-packed, led by Creighton-bound shortstop Devlin Granberg in the No. 3 hole. But it doesn’t stop there. In the state-clinching win against Platte Valley, seventh-place hitter Jacob Tinnon went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs … Zach Trombley has served as the Tigers’ ace on a dominant staff that also includes left-hander Austin Brown … Trombley one-hit Platte Valley in a five-inning win … Florence enters the tournament winners of six of its past seven games. The Huskies defeated Sterling and The Classical Academy in districts to reach state … The winner takes on the Faith Christian-Kent Denver winner at 3 p.m., while the loser will wait until Saturday to play … Faith Christian handed Holy Family its lone loss of the season, a 6-2 decision on April 26. Holy Family won the first end of that doubleheader 25-9.

 

CLASS 2A

(13) Lyons vs. (4) Swink

When: Friday, 10 a.m., Runyon Sports Complex (Andenuccio Field), Pueblo

Records: Lyons (10-10); Swink (19-2)

Notes: As its record indicates, it has been an up-and-down season for Lyons. The Lions have scored more than 10 runs on eight occasions but also have been shut out four times … Five players have double-digit RBIs for the Lions, including junior Karson Kelly (17). He also has a team-best 10 doubles … Senior Logan Watson leads Lyons with a .491 batting average and has clubbed three of his team’s seven home runs … Junior Bowe Herman (4-3, 5.21 ERA) has been the Lions’ go-to pitcher … Swink has co-aces in senior Brandon Book (7-1, 2.17) and junior Josh Rocha (6-0, 1.16). They have combined to strike out 116 in 84 innings … Book and Cole Grenard have hit five home runs apiece for Swink, with Grenard also tops in RBIs with 31 … Both Swink losses were to County Line, a co-op school of Wiley and McClave … The winner takes on the Denver Christian-Peyton winner at 3 p.m. Friday.

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