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Baseball: Longmont falls short of Class 4A state field despite furious rally

Legacy, Broomfield advance to respective state double-elimination tournaments


The Longmont baseball team under the direction of Tom Fobes has gained a reputation as a team that is feisty come playoff time.

They were at it again Monday in Colorado Springs.

Danny Barker hit three home runs in a 14-11 victory over Palisade in the Class 4A Region 4 tournament at Lewis-Palmer, and the Trojans were not done scoring runs as they plated 13 more against the host Rangers. However, a late surge from LPHS allowed it to pull away to a 15-9 lead at one point, and the Rangers held on, 15-13, to capture the 4A state tournament slot that came out of the region.

Longmont led 6-4 after its half of the fourth inning, but Lewis-Palmer scored six runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth to make it tough on the Trojans. The Rangers’ Matt Rhoades drove in five runs during the day, and Caleb Pepper came in a struck out two batters to end the game with the tying run on base.

Longmont finished 12-6.

A look at other regionals with local participants:

Class 5A Region 4

The Legacy Lightning improved to 13-5 overall with a sweep of Grand Junction and host Regis Jesuit  — the latter of whom they lost to on June 5 by a score of 13-1 — to move on to the final eight teams in 5A.

Against Regis in the regional championship, Legacy led 5-0 heading to the bottom of the sixth inning before the Raiders got on the board, but the Lightning responded in a clutch way by scoring two more runs in the seventh and putting more pressure on Regis in its final at-bat.

The Sehr brothers, Landen and Macully, got it done on the mound — combining to allow just six hits while striking out seven and walking just two batters.

Class 5A Region 6

The Broomfield Eagles, now 14-3, broke their regional championship game against Pueblo West wide open with a five-run third inning and never let another Cyclones player cross the plate to win 7-2 and join seven other teams Friday in Aurora (either at Cherry Creek High or at Eaglecrest High).

Seven different players had base hits for BHS, and Garrett Klein pitched six strong innings with nine strikeouts to nail down the win. Senior Tommy Valdez shut the door on PWHS in the seventh with a flawless frame.

Class 4A Region 2

Erie scored nine runs off 10 hits, led by Sam Stem’s three base knocks, but it was not enough as EHS fell behind 9-2 after just two innings against Falcon on the way to a 12-9 loss in the opening game of the Region 2 tournament at D’Evelyn.

While the nine runs signified a lot of baserunners, Erie also struck out 15 times in the game to limit opportunities to drive in runners. Still, they came close behind the efforts of junior Kelan Beirne, who pitched 2 2/3 of scoreless relief in the loss.

The Tigers finished 10-7.

Class 3A Region 7

A 12-0 defeat to end the season was not what Prospect Ridge was expecting, but the Miners ran into a buzzsaw as Resurrection Christian’s Zach Cook was on target on the hill at Faith Christian in Arvada. Cook allowed no hits in the five-inning affair, which ended PRA’s season at 10-7.









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