PREP ROUNDUP: Bears fall to Kadets in first round; Titans knocked off by Jaguars
Traveling to Colorado Springs Saturday morning for the first round of the Colorado High School Activities Association’s 4A baseball state playoffs, the No. 4-seeded Rifle Bears in the Region 4 bracket mustered just three hits on the day in a 4-0 loss to end a strong season.
Air Academy recorded just five hits on the day as Rifle senior Takoda Chaney turned in a strong start for the Bears, but the Kadets plated one run in the second inning and three runs in the fourth to pull away for the 4-0 win in the first round.
Rifle senior Bryer Rew, junior Luke Ellis and freshman Derek Wagler were the only Bears to record hits on the afternoon as all three went for singles, while Rew and Chaney reached base on Air Academy errors in the loss.
On the mound, Chaney pitched a complete game in his final start as a Bear, recording three strikeouts while allowing just the five hits, two of which went for extra bases as Kadet senior Kyle Chasse recorded a triple, while senior Nick Weber recorded a double.
With the loss, Rifle finishes the season with a record of 11-9, 7-5 4A Western Slope League on the season.
JEFFERSON ACADEMY 6, COAL RIDGE 0
One day after knocking off No. 16 Resurrection Christian, the No. 17 Coal Ridge Titans had a rough day in the second-round matchup against No. 1 Jefferson Academy in Broomfield against the Jaguars, dropping a 6-0 decision to get bounced out of the playoffs.
Jefferson Academy scored just one goal in the first half in a fairly even game before the Titans lost two key midfield players to injuries, leading to a 5-goal onslaught in the second half to cap off the big 6-0 win.
“Our kids stepped up [in place of the injuries], but we just couldn’t match up with Jefferson,” Coal Ridge Head Coach Damon Martinez said.
Coal Ridge finishes the season with a record of 11-6, 8-2 3A Western Slope League.
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