Cal Ripken teams won at state; Major League team pics
Yuma’s 12U and 10U Cal Ripken baseball teams both went 1-2 in their respective state tournaments, last weekend.
However, the 12U team won its first game, leading to it placing third in its five-team tourney field and receiving medals for each player. The 10U team won in the losers’ bracket, after dropping its first game, so came away with nothing. It’s just the way it goes.
The 12U team did have a good run at the Southeast Denver complex, and was two runs away from advancing to the final.
It opened tourney play last Friday, July 7, with a dominating 13-3 win over East Central. Yuma scored six runs off of four hits in the first inning and never looked back, adding another four runs off of four hits in the second, and tagging on three more off of two hits in the fourth.
Yahir Trejo had a double and scored three runs, Victor Perez one hit and two runs, Rydge Petersen two hits and two runs, Andre Baucke two hits and two runs, Jake Hagemeier one hit and two runs, Ethan Gonzales one hit and one run, and Chris Arambula two hits and one run.
Yahir Trejo pitched the first inning on the hill, followed by Petersen and then Escobar.
Yuma ran into Southeast Denver on Saturday, dropping a 12-1 decision. It was close until Southeast Denver erupted for a total of 10 runs in its last two at-bats. Escobar singled and scored on Trey Stegman’s single in the fourth, for Yuma’s only run. Arambula and Baucke pitched for Yuma.
Next up later Saturday was a losers’ bracket game with Pioneer.
Pioneer led 5-4 after three innings. Yuma took a 7-5 lead on Trejo’s three-run homer in the fourth. However, two error and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for Pioneer in the top of the sixth, followed by a three-run double, and then another error led to a fourth run as Yuma found itself trailing 9-7.
Escobar hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom half, cutting the deficit to 9-8. Trejo was inte
ntionally walked with two outs, and reached third base representing the tying run, but a hard-hit ball to short ended the game.
Escobar had a homer and a double, and two runs, Arambula two hits and two runs, Trejo two homers, Perez two hits and one run, and Petersen two hits including a double. Trejo and Petersen pitched for Yuma.
It was feast or famine for the 10U team in Lamar. Yuma lost its first game last Friday by 10 runs to East Central. Brody Sheffield scored Yuma’s only run on Noah Hansen’s single, and Zach Ptacnik and Felipe Carranza each had a hit.
Yuma returned to the field later in the day to earn a resounding 17-6 win over Pioneer. The local boys scored four runs on five hits in the first inning, and kept it going from there.
Adrian Carranza had two hits and scored three runs, Caden McCreath four hits and three runs, Sheffield one hit and one run, Reyli Trejo two hits and three runs, Hansen one hit and two runs, Ptacnik one hit, Lennox Huwa one hit and two RBIs, F. Carranza one hit and one run, Anderson Weathers one run, and Carlos Wario two runs.
The 10U team was on the field again Saturday, seeing their stay end with a shutout loss to Lamar.
Also on the team were Eric Wario and Tanner Himes.
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