5A baseball: Rocky Mountain, Mountain Vista game suspended with three outs left

(Bethany Brookens/CHSAANow.com)

Rocky Mountain was a mere three outs from securing the only 3-0 record in the Class 5A baseball tournament at All-City Stadium on Monday evening, but a deluge of rain caused the game to be postponed.

As of now, the Lobos’ contest with Mountain Vista has been postponed to 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Metro State with Rocky leading 4-3 in the top of the seventh. If Rocky is able to seal the victory, they would be in the most favorable position of the Final 4 teams on state championship weekend.

The other semifinalists will be Mountain Vista, win or lose Tuesday, Broomfield (5-2 winners over Rock Canyon) and Cherry Creek (13-12 winners over Legend in eight innings).

Entering Monday, the lone unbeatens left in the bracket were Rocky Mountain and Mountain Vista (both 2-0). Rocky Mountain beat Rock Canyon 3-2 and Cherry Creek 7-6 at All-City on Sunday, while the Golden Eagles triumphed over Dakota Ridge 6-2 and Broomfield 6-4 at Metro State on the same day.

And so, just like Rocky Mountain, if Mountain Vista wins, the Golden Eagles would be in prime position.

Right away on Monday afternoon, the Golden Eagles touched the sky with solo shots by Cole Blatchford and Sam Ireland into a huge wind alley in right field in the top of the first inning on Monday to take a 2-1 lead.

An RBI single by Tyler Mata-Lloyd pulled Rocky Mountain within 2-1 in the second inning. Then, singles by Tyler Hyland and Kalen Hammer (another RBI) tied the game at two.

Finally, in a game with a bundle of balls drove deep into the outfield, Rocky Mountain didn’t hit any out of the park. But, in the fifth they found runs again. An error allowed Uhrich to score from second to take a 3-2 lead. Brady Morris’ safety squeeze pushed another run across to go up 4-2.

Mountain Vista’s Alex Clouthier had an RBI single in the sixth to pull within 4-3. Then the game was delayed, and eventually postponed.