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Baseball: Holy Family sets up well in Class 4A state tournament

Tigers go 2-0 Friday in Pueblo

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Holy Family baseball was matched only by Ponderosa on Friday in Pueblo, going 2-0 at the Class 4A state tournament to set up a Saturday night game in which either the Tigers or Mustangs will be in the driver’s seat come next weekend.

But the Tigers certainly had a much more convincing Friday at the Runyon Complex.

Holy Family (18-1) smashed Lewis-Palmer, 12-2, in their first game and then went on to upend D’Evelyn, 12-3, to advance in the winner’s bracket and automatically move on to next Friday’s set of games. The Tigers got complete-game performances from both of their starting pitchers, Blake Hammond and Jacob Syverson, and the 24 runs was by far the most any of the eight remaining 4A teams posted on the day.

Holy Family had 12 hits in the first contest and 10 in the second affair.

Ponderosa will be riding a special wave of momentum, however, as it secured a pair of walk-off wins over Evergreen (a 6-5 final) and Cheyenne Mountain (10-8). Izaak Siefken will look to shut down the PHS offense as the 4A tournament moves to CSU-Pueblo’s Rawlings Field.