As the Rocky Mountain-Grandview regional semifinal neared it’s fourth hour of play Saturday evening, it became apparent that darkness was going to be an issue once the championship game got underway a short time later.
So, after consulting with his athletic director, along with the ADs of Rocky and Grandview, Legacy baseball coach Ty Giordano made the call to postpone the Class 5A Region 5 championship game until 2 p.m. Sunday.
“The last thing you want to do is start a game you know you can’t finish,” said Giordano, whose Lightning will face Rocky Mountain on Mother’s Day for the right to advance to next week’s state championship tournament. “Taking into account things like visibility and pitch count, it’s the right thing to do.”
Rainfall Friday night and into the early hours of Saturday morning dropped a lot of precipitation and left Legacy’s field in bad shape, but Giordano and his crew did all they could to try to get it in condition enough to get in all three games. They applied 60 bags of drying agent to the infield, and was able to get the first game underway just more than an hour behind schedule.
The Lightning used a dominant pitching performance from senior Ryan Overboe to knock off Highlands Ranch 8-2 in that first game. Overboe held the Falcons to three hits and two earned runs while striking out 13 in six and two-thirds inning of work.
Ross Smith and Dylan Grierson each drove in three runs to pace the Legacy offense.
Legacy’s wasn’t the only local regional to get extended to a second day. Before evening playing a game on Saturday morning, Longmont made the decision to play the Class 4A Region 7 championship game on Sunday as well.
Longmont will face Discovery Canyon in that title game after the Trojans outlasted a game Standley Lake squad 5-4 in the first game. Longmont held a 5-1 lead going into the top of the seventh inning, only to see the Gators battle back with three runs to make it a one score game.
Brady Renck threw the tying run out at the plate to end the game and send the Trojans into the title game.
Devon Nowells picked up the win on the mound, going six and a third while allowing six hits and three runs while striking out seven.
Discovery Canyon advanced after knocking off Erie 7-4 in the other semifinal. A six-run, second inning by the Thunder doomed the Tigers.
Boulder loses early lead
The Boulder Panthers looked well on their way to reaching the Class 5A Region 4 championship game, building a 4-0 lead over Cherokee Trail through four innings. But the Cougars put up three runs in the fifth, and added two more in the sixth to score the come-from-behind victory.
Jake Shaul had a pair of hits to pace the Boulder offense, and Jackson Dinkel struck out 10 in four and two-thirds innings of work.
Mead edged in first trip
The Mead Mavericks were making their first trip to the regional playoffs, making the trip to Fort Morgan for the Class 4A Region 3 tournament.
Unfortunately, the Mavericks will have to wait to get their first win, falling to Cheyenne Mountain 2-1.
Peak to Peak advances to 3A state tourney
Peak to Peak will be playing in next week’s double-elimination 3A state championship tournament after taking the Region 8 tournament, knocking off Weld Central 7-2 in the semifinals before upsetting Alamosa 11-10 in nine innings in the title game.
The Pumas held a 9-5 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, only to see the Pirates plate four runs to force extra innings. Peak to Peak scored a pair in the top of the ninth, and then held on despite Alamosa getting a run back in the home-half of the frame.
Leadoff hitter Matt Bagnato went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBI, including a ninth-inning homer, to pace the offense,
Jefferson Academy just misses out on state berth
Jefferson Academy took Class 3A’s overall No. 1 seed to extra innings, but weren’t able to knock off Lamar as the Savages pulled off an 8-7 victory in eight innings.
The Jaguars advanced to the Region 1 title game by knocking off The Academy 7-5 in the first game, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011.
Longmont Christian’s run ends one game short of state
After having to cancel it’s season two years ago because of lack of numbers, and after going 1-16 last year, the turnaround of the Longmont Christian baseball team under coach Kami Puchino this season was nothing short of remarkable.
The Warriors finished the year with a 9-8 record and was one game away from advancing to the 1A state championship game after falling to Caliche 11-1 in Saturday’s semifinals.
Longmont Christian advanced to the semifinals after Dominic Puchino tossed a six-inning no-hitter in a 14-4 victory over Otis earlier in the day. The Warriors plated 10 runs in the top of the second inning, and that was more than enough for Puchino, who was dealing, striking out 14 while walking only three. Three errors contributed to the Bulldogs getting the four runs but it wasn’t enough to rattle Puchino, who struck out 20 in a district victory last week.
John Rosa: 303-684-5212, firstname.lastname@example.org