|Border League trumps Limon in state baseball championship|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
Members of the state championship 16-18 Border League baseball team are pictured from left, front row, Brendan Mayden, Ryan Nolin, Gunnar Kroeger, Trevor Dalton, Taylor Mayden and Chance Dunker; back row, manager Mark Empson, trustee to the Buckley trust and former coach Bill Hughes, coach Marcus Kammer, Zach Spencer, Nathan Miles, Cole McKinley, Cordell Hensley, Tyler Woodhams, Rece Coffin, coach Trenton Ham and coach Justin Peters. —Enterprise photo
After Crowley County dropped out of the Holyoke-hosted 16-18-year-old Babe Ruth baseball tournament the day before games were to be played, just the Limon team stood in the way of Border League claiming the state title and moving on to action at the regional level.
Border League edged the visiting Limon squad 4-3 in the opening round of the tournament, followed by a dominant performance in the second match to claim the state championship with a 12-1 victory. With the win, Border League has qualified for the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament in Dickinson, N.D., July 23-28.
The two teams met Friday, July 11, at the Holyoke city ballpark, but lightning forced the players to the dugout for close to 90 minutes after just 10 minutes of play. After taking the field a second time, lightning once again prompted umpires to clear the field after just 15 minutes.
A third attempt to continue the game was also aborted due to lightning. After three hours and less than three completed innings, the game was postponed until the next morning. Limon ended the night with a 2-0 lead, thanks to a two-run home run in the top of the third inning just before the game was called.
Action picked back up Saturday, July 12, in the bottom of the third inning. Border promptly cut the lead in half with one run scored thanks to two hits in the inning.
Trevor Dalton puts a level swing to a pitch Saturday, July 12, as the Border League baseball team beat Limon twice to win the state championship. —Enterprise photo
After a three up, three down defensive stand, Border took a 3-2 lead by plating two runs on passed balls. The lead stood until the top of the seventh inning when Limon tied the match by barely beating a throw home from right field.
Recent Holyoke High School graduate Trevor Dalton reached first in the bottom of the eighth inning with a lined shot to center. An errant pickoff attempt and sacrifice bunt had him just 90 feet from taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
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