Despite loss, Montrose pleased with baseball finish
The Montrose High School baseball team left the Class 4A state baseball tournament proud of how it played.
The Indians (20-3) split their two games on Saturday at All-Star Park in Lakewood, winning their first game 17-6 over Skyline before being eliminated with a 5-4 loss to Greeley West.
“We were able to have a top-six finish and had a shot at finishing in the final four,” Montrose coach Landon Wareham said. “We battled all day.”
Nowhere was the Indians’ fight more obvious than in their loss to Greeley West.
The two teams went back and forth, with Montrose holding a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Spartans hit a two-run home run to take a 5-4 lead.
All of the Spartans’ runs Saturday came on home runs, but Wareham said Montrose starting pitcher Nate Roberston threw a great game.
“It was good pitching all day long,” Wareham said. “Even the home runs they hit were well-thrown pitches.”
Jeremy Storter hit a two-run home run for the Indians.
Storter picked up the win in the Indians’ 17-6 win over Skyline.
Montrose took a 4-3 lead heading into the fourth inning and erupted for eight runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to secure the lopsided win.
Although it was a disappointing end, Wareham hopes it can build momentum for the program.
“It was big for us,” Wareham said. “We are trying to start some tradition here and now we’ll go back to work with the guys we have.”
In Class 3A at Colorado School of Mines, Olathe also found itself in the losers’ bracket.
The Pirates won their first game against Legend 13-7, then lost to Faith Christian 13-6.
Olathe finished in the final six and had a final overall record of 19-4.
“The kids made a great run,” Olathe coach Joe Archuleta said. “They tied the school record with 19 wins, so it’s really exciting.”