Basalt prep baseball runs into roadblock in playoffs
The baseball season ended in the first round of the state playoffs Saturday for the Basalt High School baseball team.
After powering back into the state tournament for the second consecutive year, the Longhorns from the Western Slope League ran into the shutout pitching of Kent Denver in a 7-0 loss to open the 2014 playoffs on Saturday.
The game was played at No. 6 overall seed Cedaredge, a 10-0 winner over No. 27 Clear Creek earlier Saturday.
Cedaredge (18-2) was scheduled to play Kent Denver (14-6) later Saturday in the district title game in Cedaredge, weather permitting.
The Longhorns, seeded No. 22 in the 32-team Class 3A state bracket, were matched against No. 11 seed Kent Denver.
Basalt, led by longtime valley baseball coach Bud Hickman, finished the season 13-7.
This was Hickman’s first season as the head coach at Basalt High School.
In other playoff games involving area prep baseball teams, Coal Ridge was shut out by No. 3 seed Faith Christian 10-0 on Saturday.
Coal Ridge finished the year 10-10. Faith Christian advanced to the district title game with a 17-3 record.
No. 9 overall seed Gunnison (17-3) defeated The Academy 20-2 to advance to a district title game against No. 8 Alamosa (14-6).
Other first-round winners Saturday included No. 1 overall seed Eaton (19-0). Eaton shut out Denver Science and Tech 10-0.
No. 2 seed Holy Family (18-1) shut out Pagosa Springs 17-0.
No. 5 seed Bayfield (16-4) was upset by No. 28 La Junta (10-10) by an 11-10 score.
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