BROOMFIELD — It was a Northern League vs. Tri-Valley League tussle out on the baseball diamond on Saturday afternoon between Holy Family and Centaurus — the winner able to claim a position in next weekend’s Class 4A state tournament.
The host Tigers, however, put any drama to bed in the regional championship on their field, scoring four first-inning runs on the way to an 11-4 win. The victory came on the heels of a much tighter, 2-1 walk-off victory over Denver North to advance to the regional final.
Jacob Callaway delivered the game-winning hit over the Vikings to back the pitching efforts of Izaak and Weston Siefken, and HFHS then took care of the Warriors with an 11-hit attack — Matthew Delgado forged a big game with two hits and four RBIs. Jordon McFarland and Colin Kringlen combined to keep Centaurus from scoring a lot of runs despite collecting 11 hits.
Centaurus finished 16-9, earning a regional victory with a wild 10-9 win over Eagle Valley on Saturday.
Dawson School falls in 2A regional championship
After defeating Burlington in the first round of the 2A state tournament Saturday in Pueblo, the Mustangs had six costly errors in a 5-1 loss to Fowler that ended Dawson’s season with a respectable 15-8 record.
Conor Wolf pitched a complete-game three-hitter for the Mustangs in the opener, also striking out seven. Dawson then jumped out on Fowler 1-0 in the fourth but saw the opponent score four times in the bottom of the inning. While Evan Moll and Donovan Muniz gave up just six hits, none of the five runs scored were earned.
Legacy keeps 5A hopes alive
Legacy made its regional appearance count to the fullest, finding a way past host Region 4 host Douglas County with a 9-8 victory in the regional title game. The Lightning were fresh off a 12-1 victory over Grand Junction, and the hitting continued all the way to the seventh inning of game two when Chase Esplin drove home Noah Anderson for the go-ahead run and Macully Sehr closed out the Huskies. Josh Maestas also had two hits and knocked in two in the secodn game.
The rest of the area’s 5A contenders fell in their regional openers. Boulder lost by just one run to Rock Canyon, 6-5; Monarch couldn’t keep up with Regis Jesuit in a 6-0 defeat; and Broomfield was blanked by Pine Creek’s Riley Cornelio, 3-0.
Silver Creek, Erie join 4A final eight
While some teams throughout the state defending their home field, Silver Creek posted a powerful offensive display in its two games at SCHS to make the state field. The Raptors, the second overall seed according to RPI, beat Evergreen 8-2 and slapped Pueblo Central with an 18-8 loss — the latter game featured 16 hits. Tanner Regan went the distance in the five-inning regional championship, while Michael Wegleitner was just as impressive against Evergreen, tossing seven innings of six-hit ball.
The Raptors will be joined by Erie in the 4A field. The Tigers went to Abraham Lincoln and knocked the Lancers around in a 9-5 victory, then turned around and squeaked past Mountain View 8-5 in another Northern vs. Tri-Valley regional championship.
Longmont, the other team to make the 4A regionals, were able to contain Pueblo South, 6-2, but could not upend regional host Wheat Ridge in a battle between teams that played just five days prior. The Farmers, who got 10 strikeouts from pitcher Aaron Arcilise, won by an 11-1 score.
Peak to Peak, Jefferson Academy end 3A runs
After winning its first Metro League title, Peak to Peak’s season came to a bitter end Saturday with a regional championship loss to Alamosa, 7-5. The Pumas’ Garrett Shriver had a double and triple in addition to striking out eight batters on the pitching mound, but the Mean Moose managed to shake him for nine hits to deal him the loss.
Jefferson Academy couldn’t advance, either, falling to Region 5 host Eaton by a 4-0 score in the championship game after edging Cedaredge 9-8 earlier in the day.