Stellar season comes to close for Grandview

Wolves overcome slow start to campaign to reach the final four

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Scott Henry's Grandview baseball team made an appearance on May 31 among the final four teams in the Class 5A state baseball tournament at All-City Field.

That was a major accomplishment for the Wolves, who won just three of their first 11 games this season.

Cherry Creek eliminated Grandview, 8-3, in the double-elimination tournament as the Bruins notched their third win of the season over the Centennial League rival Wolves.

Grandview, which fashioned a 16-game winning streak after its slow start, finished the season with a 19-10 record after losing its last two games in the state tourney.

“It was a great season,” Henry said. “Our seniors really stepped up midway through the season and did a great job for us.

“Toward the end, we played well but we just came up short. We played well last week against Mountain Vista (7-6 win on May 24) to get us into the Final Four.”

Grandview grabbed a 1-0 lead against Creek in the second inning on a run-scoring double by Grant Lippold, who was 3-for-3 during the game.

However, the Bruins were credited with two steals of home and scored eight runs in the last four innings before the Wolves managed to score twice in the bottom of the seventh.

Senior Right-hander Nathan Mitchell allowed seven hits in 6.1 innings to improve to 11-0 on the season for the Bruins. He threw 109 pitches, struck out five and walked one.

Senior Jayden Martinez, who collected a pair of hits off Mitchell, finished the season as Grandview's hitting leader with a .411 batting average. Ty Chapman hit .393 and senior Peter Goldy .359 among the regular players. Martinez, Goldy and junior Isaac Smith each belted eight homers during the season.

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