Both North Fork baseball teams were eliminated from the 2A state bracket after losing their opening games Saturday at their respective regional tournaments.
Hotchkiss was seeded 16th in the 16-team bracket.
Playing at Runyon Field in Pueblo, the Bulldogs lost in six innings by a score of 10-0 in their opening game against No. 1 Rye. The Thunderbolts (20-1) went on to defeat Yuma, 11-1, in five innings to advance to the state semifinals.
At the Niwot Sports Complex in Niwot, No. 5-seed Paonia held the lead through much of the game against 12th-seeded Holyoke. The Dragons came into the tournament with a 19-3 record.
In the top of the third, Eagle Michael Wilmore hit a single and scored on a two-run homer over the center field fence by Joel Simianer.
In the third, Holyoke senior Jaydin Goldenstein hit a line-drive triple to right field and scored on a single by Jesus Hermosillo. Courtesy runner Tanner Smith stole second, then third, and scored on an error to tie the game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Paonia rallied with two outs to regain a two-run lead, with Taylor Katzer scoring on a double by Jorge Quinonez. Paonia loaded the bases, and Josh Altman scored on a walk.
A controversial dropped third strike left three runners stranded to end the inning.
Paonia led through the fifth inning, and in the top of the sixth Holyoke loaded the bases and Goldstein hit a grand slam and the Dragons took a two-run lead. Paonia was unable to score in the seventh, and left two runners on base.
Paonia had nine hits and three errors, and left 12 runners on base. Tyler Kendall allowed two hits in two innings, and Taylor Katzer closed with seven strikeouts. Paonia allowed the Dragons seven hits.
The team played a great game, great defense, great hits, said head coach Drew Potter. Holyoke "had the right guy up at the right time. (Goldenstein) is a hell of a ball player. Take away that one hit ..."
Holyoke went on to lose, 7-2, to No. 4 Lutheran (16-7). The Lions advanced on a 14-1 win over Peyton.
The Eagles end the season with a 17-6 overall and 11-1 league record, and league and district championships. First baseman and relief pitcher Tyler Kendall, who batted a .621 average and had three home runs for the season, was named Player of the Year by the Eagles coaching staff.blog comments powered by Disqus