Local teams set for state baseball tournament


After regional tournaments May 12 and 13, teams are set to compete in the Class 3A, 4A and 5A double-elimination portion of the state baseball tournaments.

Mountain Vista, Arapahoe, Heritage and Rock Canyon are south metro 5A teams that advanced. Valor Christian will be seeking its third straight 4A title and Lutheran is in the 3A field.

Games during the first two days of the 5A state bracket on May 18-19 will be played at All-City Stadium and Metro State. Games for the final two days of the 5A event on May 25-26 will be held at All-City Stadium.

The 4A tournament will be held at All-Star Park in Lakewood and Bishop Machebeuf High School the first two days before moving to Metro State on May 25-26.

The 3A tournament will be held in Greeley at Butch Butler Field and at Niwot High School.

Mountain Vista, which routed Mullen 17-2 in the opener, beat Legend 10-5 to win the Region 1 championship and advanced to the double-elimination state tournament. Grant Magill went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs against Legend and Sam Ireland also had three hits and two RBIs. Ireland had three hits and five RBIs in the victory over Mullen.

Justin Boyd and Hank Bard each had a pair of hits for the Titans in the game against Vista.

Arapahoe edged Fort Collins, 5-2, to win the Region 2 championship.

The Warriors collected 14 hits against the Lambkins, who beat Douglas County 3-2 in 10 innings, to advance to the finals.

Preston Scheidt and Brandon Dryer each had three hits and Dryer drove in three runs to pace the Arapahoe attack. Dryer also had three hits and three RBIs in the Warriors’ 12-0 opening win over Prairie View.

Heritage captured the Region 5 title with a 9-4 victory over Chaparral.

The Eagles, which beat Chaparral 9-8 in eight innings on April 30, were led offensively by junior Eric McKnight who went 4-for-4, scored twice and had three RBIs in the 15-hit attack.

Rock Canyon knocked off perennial state contender Cherry Creek, 5-4, to win the Region 8 title. The Jaguars went 13 innings before earning a 6-4 victory over Monarch to move on to the title game.

Valor Christian, which edged Kennedy 2-1 in the first game, posted an 11-4 victory over Berthoud to win the 4A Region 5 title. It was the 15th straight win for the two-time defending 4A state champion Eagles.

Lutheran rode the one-hit pitching of junior Corbyn Seymore to a 7-0 shutout over Bennett in the finals of the Class 3A Region 2 tournament. Jacob Chwialkowski had three hits and Noa Vogel got two hits and three RBIs to pace the Lions’ offense.


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