A Wild Opening Round at the District Tournament
As you are well aware of by now, the Rocky Mountain baseball team is pretty good and they continued with their winning ways on Saturday by beating Borah 6-3 on Saturday. Richie Kyro was brilliant on the mound and did not allow a hit until the 4th inning. From there, the Lions were able to chip away by scoring one in the 5th and one in the 6th setting up a tense 7th inning. Coming into the frame, Rocky had a four run lead and went to their bullpen to get the final three outs and it became more of a struggle than Jake Taylor imagined. Borah eventually had the winning run at the plate before striking out with the bases loaded to end it. Nonetheless, Rocky did not play their best and still moved on to the semifinals. As for Borah, they put up a pretty good fight and have a good chance against Capital to keep their season alive.
The second game of the day at The Rock was very interesting and we saw a little bit of everything. Meridian jumped in front behind Timmy Jones' mammoth home run that hit the houses in right field with a ball that flew easily over 400 feet. After building that lead, Meridian squandered it away in the bottom of the 4th inning allowing 5 runs without Capital even getting a hit. In all the years of watching baseball, I can truly say I have never seen a half inning quite like that. From there, Meridian bounced back by scoring 6 runs over the next two innings to take a 10-8 lead going into the 7th and the drama was just beginning. Capital had already scored one run and had the bases loaded with no outs and the winning run on 2nd base. After a failed squeeze play, Capital grounded into a game ending double play and Meridian left victorious winning 10-9.
On the other side of the bracket, Eagle and Timberline were able to pull out victories, but neither of them came easy. Eagle fell behind 1-0 after the 1st inning before they were able to score 4 runs in the 6th inning behind some timely hits to stretch their lead out to 6-1. A lot of people were surprised when Eagle coach Frank Wright decided to go with Darrion Simons on the mound, but the lefty delivered and Eagle is now set up beautifully with Brandon Brown on the hill tomorrow. As for Timberline, they were stymied by Colton Sale going into the 6th inning before a couple errors and a couple walks were the difference as Timberline scored 5 runs to win 5-3.
That sets us up for two great semifinal showdowns tomorrow starting at 4 PM. You can listen to both games on 630 The Fan with Rocky vs. Meridian at 4 PM followed by Eagle and Timberline at 7 PM. The two loser-out games at Centennial will feature Capital vs. Borah at 4 PM and Mountain View vs. Boise at 7 PM.