Stranded runs doom Bulldogs in 4A playoff loss
Missed opportunities early in the game came back to haunt the Palisade High School baseball team
Sunday, in the Class 4A District 1 tournament at Mountain View High School, the No. 17 seed Bulldogs fell 2-1 to No. 16 seed Cheyenne Mountain.
Palisade (14-6) left runners on base in the first three innings, including runners at second and third in the second inning.
“The big inning was the second when we had runners in position but couldn’t get the bunt down,” Palisade coach Steve Moore said. “In games like these you have to take advantage of all the opportunities you get.”
In the bottom of the third, Cheyenne Mountain struck first as Austin Darby hit an RBI triple to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
The game was dominated by pitching as Palisade’s Cody Krabbe and Cheyenne Mountain’s Brett Helton combined for 15 strikeouts.
Krabbe pitched six innings, struck out nine and allowed only five hits.
“Cody Krabbe pitched a great game,” Moore said. “But they had some timely hits, and we could never get a few hits in a row.”
One reason for the Bulldogs’ struggles was Helton shutting out Palisade for the first five innings. In the sixth inning, Mike Seriani broke through, hitting a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1.
Seriani, a senior, capped his high school career with a solid day, going 3 for 3.
“He’s been like that all year,” Moore said. “He’s a solid player.”
Despite Seriani’s efforts to sway the momentum, Cheyenne Mountain wasn’t going to go away as Helton helped his own cause in the bottom of the sixth by hitting an RBI single to take a 2-1 lead.
Palisade was able to get a runner to third base in the seventh inning but couldn’t get him home to tie the game.
“We never gave up, even in the last inning we were able to get that runner to third,” Moore said.
The loss to the defending 4A champions stings, but doesn’t take away from a strong season for the Bulldogs. Palisade won the Western Slope League title and loses only three seniors.
“Hopefully the three seniors that are leaving have taught the younger guys so we can continue this next year,” Moore said.
In other state playoff action, Delta lost 8-2 to Broomfield. The No. 23 Panthers had a 2-2 tie with Broomfield after two inning, but let the game slip away. The Eagles’ big inning came in the fifth when Broomfield scored four runs to close the door on Delta.
Mykal DeHerrera led the way for the Panthers, going 1 for 2 with two RBI.
Poor weather still hindered some of the games as both Rifle and Eagle Valley had its district tournaments postponed until today.