Eaton baseball named MaxPreps' small-school national champ

(Brock Laue/

(Brock Laue/

Eaton baseball, annually one of Colorado's top programs, was named the small school national champion by MaxPreps on Monday.

The Reds, who won the Class 3A crown in May after going 26-1, finished with the highest rating (30.1) of any small school (less than 1,000 students, according to MaxPreps) in the country.

Eaton's lone loss this season came to Brush on the final day of the season. But the Reds, but virtue of being undefeated in the state tournament to that point, got another crack at the title later in the day. And they seized it, taking the 3A championship with a 7-1 win over Brush.

It was the 11th championship in program history, which is more than any school in the state.

By any measure, Eaton is one of the best baseball programs in Colorado — and nationally. This latest honor, though, separates out championship No. 11 from the rest.

It has been an impressive year for Colorado's top teams.

In the fall, Lewis-Palmer won MaxPreps' volleyball national championship shortly after claiming the 4A crown.

Then this spring, Grandview girls soccer, the 5A champion, was the No. 1 team nationally in MaxPreps' spring rankings.