Both teams opened the game by scoring one run in the first inning, and that situation would last until the seventh. That's where both teams scored their second runs, thus pushing the game into the extra frame. However, Green Mountain would get the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth, ending the season for Elizabeth.
Elizabeth, coached by Doug Severinsen, finished the season with a fine 15-5 record, while Green Mountain moved on with a 15-6 record.
What made the loss harder to take is the fact Elizabeth out-hit Green Mountain, 11-6. Making it even harder was the fact that losing pitcher David Wahlstrom had three hits and drove in the Cardinals' two runs. Two more hits had been picked up by Brandon Severinsen.
Elizabeth had ended the regular season on a high note as the Cardinals defeated Englewood 15-0 in five innings on May 5.
Jace Evans certainly had a fine game at the plate, with two hits that accounted for four runs batted in for Elizabeth. Also in the runs-scored department, Tyler Erzen was on top, crossing the plate three times for the Cardinals while also coming through with a pair of hits and an RBI.
Wahlstrom, the winning pitcher, helped his cause by also coming through with two hits and driving in two runs in the process. He only pitched three innings and was given a break by Stuart Eurich. Eurich also had a good day at the plate in the short game, coming through with two hits, scoring two runs and batting in a pair of Cardinals.
Elizabeth jumped on Englewood quickly as the Cardinals flew to a 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning. When it was all over, the Cardinals would account for 16 hits and not be charged with any errors in the field.
Elbert's season ends
The baseball season came to an end for Elbert on May 10 as the Bulldogs were beaten 3-1 by Eads in the Class 1A state quarterfinals. The Bulldogs, coached by Chris Williams, ended their season with a 9-5 record.
It wasn't that much better for Eads, either. Following its victory against Elbert, the Eagles were then defeated by Dove Creek in a 23-18 slugfest. Dove Creek went on to lose 17-1 to Caliche in the Class 1A state title game in Lakewood on May 15.
Caliche had defeated Cornerstone Christian Academy 11-1 in its quarterfinal game, then advanced to the state championship with a 10-0 victory against Holly. Holly had won its quarterfinal 3-2 against Stratton.
Eads pitcher Tyler Rouse held Elbert to only three hits in picking up his victory. In the meantime, Brett Meredith took the loss on the mound for Eads. Rouse helped his own cause with a pair of hits and an RBI. The other two runs for the winners were driven in by Jaxon Crawford and Brad Johnson.
Colton Musson led Elbert with a pair of hits and drove in Mark Solis for the Bulldogs' only run in the seventh inning.
Kiowa heads to tourney
Kiowa defeated Evangelical Christian Academy 5-2 on May 10, before moving on to play Nucla in the first round of the Class 2A state tournament in Pueblo on May 16.
The Indians lost that first-round tourney game 13-1, while Resurrection Christian beat Dolores 10-1. That set up a Nucla-Resurrection Christian match, which Resurrection Christian won 12-2.
Resurrection Christian was the top seed in the tournament and came in with an 18-3 record. Kiowa was 14-5 and Nucla was 15-6.
Jake Jacobs and Caleb Smith helped lead the way in Kiowa's victory against Evangelical Christian. Smith accounted for a pair of hits, scored two runs and had an RBI. Jacobs had a pair of RBIs to help the cause.
In the meantime, pitcher Marshal Deering picked up the victory on the mound for Kiowa while giving up three hits, striking out seven batters and walking four.
Evangelical Christian defeated Simla 12-10 on May 6 in the pair's district quarterfinal game. With the loss, Simla finished the season with a 4-12 record. Evangelical Christian had improved to 6-11 with its win against the Cubs.