The Sargent Farmers proudly hold up three fingers after winning their third straight district championship over the Center Vikings at the ASU Baseball Field on Saturday.
Photo courtesy Lance Cheslock
Courier Sports Editor
ALAMOSA—For the third year in a row, the Sargent Farmers came of out of the district tournament with a championship and for the third straight year they will make an appearance in the regional round of the Class 2A State Baseball Tournament.
On Saturday, at Adams State University’s all-turf field, the Farmers, who entered the tournament as the No. 2 seeded team, started the day by defeating the No. 3 seeded Del Norte Tigers 18-5. This came after the No. 1 seeded Center Vikings defeated the No. 4 seeded Sanford Indians 3-2.
In the title game, the Farmers downed the Vikings 9-5.
"Against Sanford we hit the ball, but right at someone most of the time," said Center head coach Lloyd Garcia. "The pitcher from Sanford kept us off balance most of the day."
In the second game of the tournament, the Farmers only needed five innings to get their run-rule win as they posted five runs in the bottom half of both the second and fourth innings while they also posted four runs in the bottom of the first and bottom of the third.
For Del Norte, Keegan Leckler was tabbed with the loss as he gave up seven runs, six of which were earned, on five hits and four walks over 1.1 innings of work as the starter. Preston Pacheco was next to take the mound for the Tigers as he allowed six runs on five hits and three walks over 1.2 innings of work. Kris Lohr came in to close out the game where he gave up five runs on five hits, including a hit, in one innings of work. The three combined for four strikeouts on the day.
The Tigers did make three errors on the day while Sargent was charged with just one.
Sargent was paced by Nate Ramirez on the bump as he gave up four earned runs on six hits in five innings of work. He had a strong strikeout pitch as he fanned ten Tigers.
Offensively, Paul Atencio, the leadoff batter for the Tigers, went 3-for-3 with one run scored. Lohr and Greg Goldman were a combined 2-for-5 at the plate with five RBI.
Sargent’s Colton Cooley and John Cheslock were a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with Cheslock getting two doubles and he drove in seven runs. Cooley was responsible for four RBI.
In the title game, a 5-run sixth inning that included triples from Austin Dillon, Colton Cooley and Nate Ramirez proved to help them.
"Against Sargent, we just couldn’t put together any hits and we committed costly errors at critical times in the ball game," said Garcia. "To Sargent’s credit, they hit the ball extremely well, especially with runners on base."
Because the two teams were the top three in the district tournament the Vikings and Farmers will now enter the 2013 2A State Baseball Tournament with the regional round scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 18.
Sargent, who now hold a 16-4 overall record, has received the No. 8 seed and they will be in Region 1 at Runyon Complex in Pueblo on Hobbs Field. They will face off with No. 9 seeded Yuma (18-3) at 12:30 p.m. The winner of that game will face the winner of the game between No. 1 seeded Rye (18-1) and No. 16 Hotchkiss (15-7). The Regional Championship game is scheduled for 3 p.m.
"We have to keep working hard and have timely hits, food defense and good pitching," said Sargent Head Coach Terry Vanbibber.
Also at Runyon Complex but on Andenuccio Field, will be the No. 10 seeded Center Vikings. The Vikings, who are 17-4 on the season, will be playing No. 7 seeded Kiowa (17-2). The winner will face the winner of the other regional game between No. 2 seeded Las Animas (18-2) and No. 15 seeded Custer County (9-7).
Savages shut out Falcons in 3A battle
LAMAR—A 4-run fourth inning by the Lamar Savages put the game out of reach for the Centauri Falcons on Saturday here at Lamar High School as the Savages won their first round game of the Class 3A District 6 Tournament, 7-0.
Chris Martin got the loss by giving up seven runs, only six earned, on 11 hits and four walks in six innings of work. He struck out three batters. The Falcons had three fielding errors.
Jordan Jara got the win for Lamar as he gave up two walks on four hits in his seven innings of work. He did get nine strikeouts. There was one Savage error.
Jason Buhr, Micah Keys, Justin Gallegos and Kody Smith all nabbed a hit in the game.
Centauri finished the 2013 season with a 7-11 overall record.