A look at the 12 remaining teams in this weekend's state baseball tournaments

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The 2018-19 athletic season comes to an end this weekend with the conclusion of the Class 5A, 4A and 3A state baseball tournaments. Four teams remain in each class and champions will be crowned at three different sites.

Heading into the weekend, here's a brief breakdown of each remaining team and the outlook of each remaining classification.


Class 5A

Regis Jesuit

Regis Jesuit Grandview baseball

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  • Season record: 23-5
  • State tournament record: 3-0
  • Next game: vs. Mountain Vista (12:30 p.m. Friday)
  • Offensive leaders: Caden Wagner (.432 avg., 10 HR, 38 RBI), Geno Macias (.389 avg., 9 2B, 2 HR, 25 RBI)
  • Pitching leaders: Patrick Strawbridge (1.50 ERA, 41 K, .174 OBA), Brent DiBiase (2.47 ERA, 47 K, .170 OBA)
  • Weekend outlook: The Raiders enter the second weekend of the tournament in firm control having not dropped a game last week. They'll battle the defending 5A champion on Friday afternoon. A win over Mountain Vista would both eliminate a tough competitor and ensure that the Raiders must be beaten twice on Saturday.

Mountain Vista

Mountain Vista baseball team

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  • Season record: 25-3
  • State tournament record: 2-1
  • Next game: vs. Regis Jesuit (12:30 p.m. Friday)
  • Offensive leaders: Sam Ireland (.426 avg., 12 2B, 5 HR), Grant Magill (.495 avg., 5 HR, 39 RBI), Drew Stahl (.391 avg., 8 HR, 40 RBI)
  • Pitching leaders: Ireland (8-0, 1.04 ERA, 54 K), Clay Burke (6-1, 2.22 ERA, 46 K)
  • Weekend outlook: A second-game loss to Grandview boxed the defending champs into a corner. With a lineup that is not short on power, the Golden Eagles will have to come out swinging and hope that there is enough pitching depth to work through three games. Ireland pitched a gem on April 20 when Mountain Vista beat Regis Jesuit so it wouldn't be a shock to see the ball in the ace's hand first thing on Friday.

Cherry Creek

Pine Creek Cherry Creek baseball

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  • Season record: 21-7
  • State tournament record: 2-1
  • Next game: vs. Grandview (10 a.m. Friday)
  • Offensive leaders: Brice Martinez (.412 avg., 6 3B, 31 RBI), Clay Cutter (.402 avg., 22 RBI, 25 R)
  • Pitching leaders: Nathan Mitchell (10-0, 2.52 ERA, 54 K), Nolan Livsey (3-1, 5.41 ERA, 53 K)
  • Weekend outlook: Down 7-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Bruins rallied back to advance to the second weekend of the state tournament. They'll see league foe Grandview in an elimination game. Cherry Creek swept the regular season series against Grandview, winning 8-4 on April 6 and 13-9 on April 9. Both Livsey and Mitchell threw in those games so coach Marc Johnson could go either way with his starters.


Grandview Mountain Vista baseball

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  • Season record: 19-9
  • State tournament record: 2-1
  • Next game: vs. Cherry Creek (10 a.m. Friday)
  • Offensive leaders: Jayden Martinez (.407 avg., 3 3B, 27 R), Peter Goldy (.365 avg., 4 HR, 31 RBI)
  • Pitching leaders: Josh Hojnowski (7-4, 2.70 ERA), Goldy (5-0, 2.16 ERA, 47 K)
  • Weekend outlook: The Wolves battered the Mountain Vista pitching combination of Ben Cole and Tyler Mejia to stun the defending champions in the second day of the tournament. The had a chance to take control of the tournament, but fell to Regis Jesuit last Saturday. It's win or go home for the Wolves and so far in 2019, their luck against Cherry Creek hasn't been good. But all it takes is one game to advance.

Class 4A

Silver Creek

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  • Season record: 26-2
  • State tournament record: 3-0
  • Next game: vs. Fort Morgan (1:30 p.m. Friday)
  • Offensive leaders: Spencer Rich (.505 avg., 7 HR, 45 R), Justin Swenson (.427 avg., 10 2B, 35 RBI)
  • Pitching leaders: Michael Wegleitner (8-1, 1.81 ERA, 41 K), Tanner Regan (7-0, 3.00 ERA, 53 K)
  • Weekend outlook: Silver Creek enters the final weekend of the state tournament as the lone undefeated team. In fact, the Raptors have no lost to a Colorado team at all in 2019. A win over Fort Morgan on Friday means that they'll head into Saturday needing to lose twice to not come away with a state title.

Fort Morgan

Cheyenne Mountain Fort Morgan baseball

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  • Season record: 19-9
  • State tournament record: 2-1
  • Next game: vs. Silver Creek (1:30 p.m. Friday)
  • Offensive leaders: JP Hamer (.395 avg., 6 3B, 5 HR), Nick Norris (.370 avg., 3 HR, 24 RBI)
  • Pitching leaders: Jacob Ortega (8-2, 3.96 ERA, 36 K), Mateo Salcido (5-1, 2.29 ERA, 38 K)
  • Weekend outlook: A seven-run fifth inning against Cheyenne Mountain powered Fort Morgan into the second weekend of the 4A tournament. If the Mustangs are going to have any hope of advancing to Saturday, they'll have to beat Silver Creek, a team that hasn't lost to a Colorado team all year.

Pueblo West

Pueblo West Silver Creek baseball

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  • Season record: 25-3
  • State tournament record: 2-1
  • Next game: vs. Holy Family (11 a.m. Friday)
  • Offensive leaders: Kyle Jameson (.477 avg., 7 3B, 51 R), Tyler Barth (.325 avg., 4 HR, 37 RBI)
  • Pitching leaders: Nate Denniston (8-0, 1.43 ERA, 64 K), Devon Neff (6-1, 4.47 ERA, 51 K)
  • Weekend outlook: When Pueblo West advances to the second weekend of the state tournament, it's typically as the only undefeated team in the bracket. That's not the case this year. Now the guesswork when it comes to pitching matchups is gone for coach Dan Sanchez. His boys just have to win and move on.

Holy Family

Silver Creek Holy Family baseball

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  • Season record: 22-6
  • State tournament record: 2-1
  • Next game: vs. Pueblo West (11 a.m. Friday)
  • Offensive leaders: Collin Kringlen (.476 avg., 6 HR, 25 RBI), Zach Becker (.368 avg., 3 HR, 29 R)
  • Pitching leaders: Weston Siefken (1.58 ERA, 99 K, .195 OBA), Jordon McFarland (7-2, 2.55 ERA, 56 K)
  • Weekend outlook: Collin Kringlen put on a show last week, homering in each of the Tigers three games. If Holy Family is to get by Pueblo West and have a chance on Friday, he needs to continue swinging a hot bat and Siefken and McFarland need to shine on the mound just like they did against Cheyenne Mountain and Erie, respectively.

Class 3A


University Lamar baseball

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  • Season record: 26-1
  • State tournament record: 3-0
  • Next game: vs. Resurrection Christian (10 a.m. Friday)
  • Offensive leaders: Nolan Johnson (.513 avg., 9 2B, 39 R), Andre Chacon (.432 avg., 1 HR, 29 RBI)
  • Pitching leaders: Koy Jorgensen (10-0, 2.14 ERA, 66 K), Kalob Padilla (7-0, 2.19 ERA, 63 K)
  • Weekend outlook: Needing just two wins this weekend, the defending 3A champs have a solid one-two pitching combination and a wide distribution of offense through the lineup. Five players have driven at least 20 runs on the year and although University hasn't blown anyone out in this state tournament, the play has been consistent. If that consistency carries over this week, they could easily defend its title.

Resurrection Christian

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  • Season record: 19-7
  • State tournament record: 2-1
  • Next game: vs. University (10 a.m. Friday)
  • Offensive leaders: Sawyer Shepherd (.432 avg., 4 HR, 34 RBI), Jackson Romero (.403 avg., 4 3B, 33 R)
  • Pitching leaders: Zach Cook (4-3, 1.11 ERA, 34 K), Sawyer Shepherd (5-3, 4.62 ERA, 42 K)
  • Weekend outlook: If there's one big thing Resurrection Christian has going for it this week, it's the confidence that they can beat a team that they didn't in the regular season. The Cougars lost a 13-inning nail-biter to Eaton on April 25 but came out strong last weekend, beating the Red 10-2 to open their state tournament. Rez lost to University back on April 18, but get a second crack on Friday. A win over the Bulldogs would setup a true semifinal situation on Saturday with the winner getting a crack at the defending champs.


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  • Season record: 16-10
  • State tournament record: 2-1
  • Next game: vs. Eaton (12:30 p.m. Friday)
  • Offensive leaders: Brody Schneider (.551 avg., 10 HR, 42 RBI), Nick Crandall (.416 avg., 26 SB, 32 R)
  • Pitching leaders: Macy Barnhart (5-1, 2.73 ERA, 35 K), Landin Latino (0-1, 4.67 ERA, 35 K)
  • Weekend outlook: At first glance, Lutheran scores a lot of runs, but the rest of the 3A field isn't exactly shy of getting runners across the plate. After beating Rez Christian 16-6, the Lions hung with the defending state champs in a 9-7 loss last Saturday. They'll have to beat Eaton if they want another crack at University.


Eaton baseball team

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  • Season record: 22-4
  • State tournament record: 2-1
  • Next game: vs. Lutheran (12:30 p.m. Friday)
  • Offensive leaders: Ryan Ure (.506 avg., 5 HR, 50 RBI), Bryce Leafgren (.407 avg., 10 2B, 34 R)
  • Pitching leaders: Jared Ure (7-1, 1.98 ERA, 92 K, .195 OBA), Ryan Ure (4-0, 0.89 ERA, 69 K)
  • Weekend outlook: The Ure brothers have made Eaton a strong team all year. A loss in the first game of the state tournament set back the traditional 3A power, but with each game meaning potential elimination, the siblings will look to hit the cover off the ball and mow down hitters at every opportunity.