Dominate win sends Pueblo West baseball back to 4A state championship

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Colorado Springs, Colo. For the second year in a row, the Pueblo West Cyclones are heading back to the 4A baseball state championship. This will make their third 4A championship debut in the last four years.

Friday afternoon the Cyclones took on Holy Family at UC Health Park in a game that ended after five innings after the Cyclones dominated 14-1. Senior Tyler Barth had himself a game with bases loaded twice hitting the ball up center field to knock in the runs. He went 3-for-3 with five RBI.

“That guy was pumping some good velocity there and our guys kinda liked that but yeah we talked about starting early,” Dan Sanchez said. “We had way better approaches today. We talked about some mistakes we made mentally with approaches at the bat last week so we fixed that today.”

At the mound, senior pitcher Nate Denniston ended his high school career by only allowing one run off of five hits and three strikeouts.

The Cyclone seniors have had quite the ride this season where their record sits at 26-3 and are ranked fourth in the state.

“It’s always fun,” Senior Brodie Blackford said. “This year especially. Last year we went and came up a little short but hopefully this year we can do it.”

The Cyclones know what it is like to go to the 4A state championship, but winning the title will be a first for them if they are able to beat Silver Creek twice on Saturday. Silver Creek has beat Pueblo West once in the tournament but only by one point.

If Pueblo West can pull off game one they will advance to game two at noon and will have to beat Silver Creek twice to receive the 4A state championship title for the first time in program history.