Baseball state tournament first round
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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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