When it came to securing a spot in next week’s double-elimination state tournament, the Broomfield Eagles wanted to eliminate all doubt.
Broomfield, which just missed out on hosting a district tournament after finishing 10th in the final RPI standings, dominated the Region 6 championship game, pounding host Regis Jesuit 14-4 in a five-inning victory.
The Eagles jumped all over the Raiders, putting up a 10-spot in the top of the first inning. What made it even more improbable is that Broomfield did most of the damage against Regis Jesuit ace Caleb Sloan, who finished the regular season with an 8-1 record and a 2.15 ERA.
But Sloan wouldn’t make it out of the first inning, getting tagged for nine earned runs. He was pulled after only getting two outs and with Broomfield holding a 7-0 lead and with runners on the corners. His replacement, Michael McPeek, promptly gave up a three-run bomb to Tanner Garner and the rout was on.
The Raiders touched Eagles starter James Notary for four runs in the bottom of the first to make things interesting, but a two-run home run by Mitch Morales in the second push the lead back to eight.
A two-run home run by Matt Turner in the top of the third put the 10-run mercy rule into play, and Broomfield pitchers didn’t surrender a run over the final four innings to close out the game.
Longmont falls in 4A Region 2 championship game
Despite a frantic comeback that saw Longmont score seven runs in the final two innings, the Trojans couldn’t overcome Golden and fell 11-9 in the Region 2 championship game.
Golden advanced to the title game by upsetting top-seeded Canon City in the first round, and then built an 8-2 lead on Longmont heading into the bottom of the sixth. But the third-seed Trojans, who beat No. 2 Green Mountain 9-3 in the first round, put a five spot up to cut the deficit to one run.
The Demons added three runs in the top of the seventh and that proved to be the difference. Longmont would put two more runs on the board, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
No-hitter knocks Jefferson Academy out of first round
Jefferson Academy saw its season come to an end after dropping a 4-0 decision to top-seeded La Junta in the first round of the Class 3A Region 3 tournament.
The Jaguars couldn’t get anything going against Tigers starter Dyson Oquist, who didn’t allow a single hit while striking out eight.
JA starter Terry Strauber also had a solid outing, only allowing two hits and one earned run in four innings of work, but it wasn’t enough to topple the Tigers and Oquist.
Peak to Peak headed to 3A state
Peak to Peak continued it’s spectacular season, rolling to the 3A Region 4 title with a 13-3 victory over Brush.
Peak to Peak advanced to the championship game by beating Platte Valley 6-2 in the first round.
Dawson School, Lyons await fate in 2A
The defending state champions from Dawson School pulled off one of the bigger upsets of the 2A tournament when they knocked off top-seeded Lyons in the opening round of the District 7 tournament Saturday morning in Greeley, but the Mustangs couldn’t keep the momentum going and fell to Dayspring Christian Academy 15-0 in the title game.
Now but Dawson School and the Lyons will have to wait to find out if they’ll be playing again in next week regionals. In 2A the eight district champions are assured a spot in next week’s regionals, and the eight remaining sports are determined by RPI.
As of 5 p.m. on Saturday evening, Lyons sat at 11th in the latest RPI rankings, and Dawson School was 17th. Final determinations and seeding will be done on Monday.
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