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Four! Holy Family baseball uses middle inning to surge past Lutheran, Golden

Peak to Peak baseball falls to Eaton in 3A state tourney

Holy Family's Jayden Watts robs Northridge's Mark Felix Llamas of a base hit during the first inning of the Tigers' home game against Northridge on March 28, 2023. (Alissa Noe/
Holy Family’s Jayden Watts robs Northridge’s Mark Felix Llamas of a base hit during the first inning of the Tigers’ home game against Northridge on March 28, 2023. (Alissa Noe/

On a day once again marred by the theatrics of Mother Nature, Holy Family baseball put on a show of its own.

The Tigers entered the Class 4A state tournament at Cheyenne Mountain High School as the No. 1 seed on Friday and, with a little bit of drama, worked their way into Saturday’s semifinals.

They began their day on Friday with a 9-5 victory over No. 9 Lutheran, then turned around and beat No. 4 Golden with an 8-5 final after a lengthy lightning delay. Both wins came by way of explosive fourth innings.

In the earlier game, the Tigers and Lions stayed deadlocked at 2-2 through the first three and a half innings. Then Holy Family’s offense found its spark. In the bottom of the fourth, senior third baseman Ryan Schellinger got the ball rolling with a line drive to left field to allow three of his men to score, before a triple from senior pitcher Jacob Syverson sent Schellinger and junior shortstop Cole Kuszak across home plate, as well.

Junior first baseman Jayden Watts and sophomore right fielder Logan Seifarth then got in on the action with an RBI apiece before the Lions were finally able to stop the defensive bleeding. The Tigers, after netting seven runs in the fourth inning, led 9-2. Lutheran couldn’t recover.

Holy Family carried that offensive momentum into a tougher, follow-up game against Golden, which saw the Demons gain a lead early and continue to slowly build upon it until — again — midway through the fourth.

Facing a 5-3 deficit at the midway point, the Tigers kicked their offense back into gear. Seifarth began the bottom of the inning by scoring on an error, and Kuszak quickly took advantage. His double sent junior left fielder Rylan Cooney home. Three batters later, senior center fielder Catcher Gladysh got in on the fun with two RBIs through his own double.

From that point on, Holy Family’s defense stunted the Demons fully, but Cooney decided to add an insurance RBI base hit in the bottom of the fifth to draw the final score to 8-5.

The Tigers will look to make it a perfect 3-0 weekend against No. 6 Severance at 2:30 p.m. at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs on Saturday. A win would automatically put them in the finals on June 3.

Peak to Peak falls to Eaton

In the 3A sphere, No. 1 Eaton still reigns supreme.

On Friday morning at Butch Butler Field in Greeley, it proved as much when it sent No. 25 Peak to Peak to a tough-to-swallow, 20-5 loss in just four innings in the first game of the Class 3A state tournament. Despite a hot start, the Pumas’ offense couldn’t keep up with the heat that Eaton was packing at the plate.

The Pumas, however, entered the contest on a high — no matter how brief. They scored four runs in the top of the first inning, thanks in large part to a bases-clearing, three-run double from Eddie Castilleja. Eaton then walked Josh Stirm before allowing Drew Kraft to send another runner home and extend Peak to Peak’s lead to 4-0.

Eaton went in shut-down mode from there.

The Fighting Reds netted two runs in the bottom of that first inning and then kept the Pumas scoreless through the next two innings thanks to tighter defense all around. In the meantime, they scored 15 runs in the second and added three more in the bottom of the third to take a 20-4 advantage heading into the top of the fourth.

In that final half-inning, Stirm scored on a groundout from Brenden Hartley, but it wasn’t enough to stave off the run-rule that loomed after the second inning. Now, the Pumas will try to keep their postseason alive on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. when they go head-to-head with No. 4 Coal Ridge.

Coal Ridge suffered an 11-2 loss to No. 5 Montezuma-Cortez, which now has the tall task of playing Eaton. If the Pumas can pull one over on Coal Ridge, they’ll play again at 11:30 a.m. If not, their season is over.