Coal Ridge baseball team ready for playoffs |

Coal Ridge baseball team ready for playoffs

GYPSUM, Colorado – Tuesday’s game against Eagle Valley wasn’t about winning or losing for the Coal Ridge baseball team. It was about fine tuning and getting as prepared as possible for the Titans’ first-ever postseason appearance. That’s why even after a 16-6 loss to the Class 4A Devils, Coal Ridge head coach Luke Labaw was happy with the way his 3A team played.”It went well for what we were trying to do,” he said. “We wanted to get all of our pitchers some work.”And that’s just what happened. Jonathan Roessler, Darren Matthews, Jake Swindell and Brett Burrows all got time on the mound. In fact, they did so well that the Titans – who had help from a three-run homer from Josh Alsop – only trailed Eagle Valley 7-6 going into the fifth inning. Then the Devils’ bats came to life, and they scored nine runs on their way to a mercy-rule win.Coal Ridge (4-10 3A Western Slope League, 6-13 overall) finished fifth in the WSL to earn the final playoff spot. The Titans now await word from the Colorado High School Activities Association, which will release its regional pairings today.Eagle Valley (9-5 4A WSL, 13-5 overall) finished the season as the No. 3 team in its league and also qualified for the playoffs.

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