DAWSON SCHOOL MUSTANGS
Playoff path: Beat Lyons and Resurrection Christian in districts; Beat Rocky Ford and Dayspring Christian Academy in first two rounds of state tournament.
Season studs: Seth Clemente (.578 batting average, 31 runs scored); Tanner Fulkerson (two home runs, 29 RBI); Luke Feigal (five wins, 0.82 earned run average).
Nice to know: The Mustangs have had quite a turnaround in the past two years, going for more wins (27) than the previous seven years combined. This year they’ve outscored teams by nearly a 3-to-1 clip (173-63). … Dawson beat ranked Dayspring twice in three weeks, further legitimizing their candidacy as a state contender. Beating Resurrection Christian two times put Dawson in new territory in program history, as well. … In addition to his two home runs, Fulkerson has 13 other extra base hits and also has 15 stolen bases.
Playoff path: Beat Denver Christian and Front Range Christian in districts; Beat County Line and Hotchkiss in first two rounds of state.
Season studs: Joe Stephen (.470 avg., 26 runs); Tristen Cesko (25 RBI); Hauk Hubbard (three wins, 2.36 ERA).
Nice to know: Limon is a school that has churned out good athletics for decades. The Badgers are known for a 50-game football win streak in the mid-2000’s. … Baseball-wise, they’ve won two state titles including in 2010. … Stephen is also the team’s pitching ace, going 10-2 with a 1.85 ERA. … The team has reported 107 stolen bases on MaxPreps.
Playoff path: Beat Meeker and Hotchkiss in districts; Beat Sargent and Akron in first two state rounds.
Season studs: Trevor Smith (.641 avg., 48 RBI); Kayden Seriani (13 home runs); Slater Podgorny (47 runs scored).
Nice to know: Paonia is very much a baseball powerhouse in the small school ranks with six state titles, but the Eagles have come up empty since 2003. … The team scored 293 runs, scoring 19 or more five times. Even in playoffs they’ve notched 35 runs. … Another mind-blowing stat? Paonia has three players with at least seven bombs and 32 as a team — seven more than any other team in the state.
SEDGWICK COUNTY COUGARS
Playoff path: Trudged through three district wins to earn their place in the state tournament, then beat Rye and Resurrection Christian in the first two rounds of state.
Season studs: Tyler Woodhams (.506 avg., 45 runs); Cordell Hensley (32 RBI); Tyce Marquez (three home runs); Chance Dunker (10-0, 2.10 ERA).
Nice to know: The Cougars reside in the northeastern corner of Colorado and are looking for their first baseball state title. … The team has scored 290 runs so far this year with a 4-3 loss to Haxtun as their only setback. They exacted revenge on Haxtun with an 11-4 districts win. … While Dunker has the most wins on the team, Woodhams and Dunker both have sub-2.00 ERA’s in 68 combined innings pitched. … The Cougars have three straight 20-win seasons.