The Ignacio High School baseball team is moving on.
The Bobcats won the District Tournament on Saturday in Cortez, beating Rangely 12-9 and Paonia 10-9 to earn a trip to
the Class 2A Regionals next weekend.
The boys played really well. They are learning how to win," Ignacio first-year head coach Ardie Eleck said.
He said the Bobcats' hitting paid huge dividends in Saturday's victories.
We hit the ball with authority," Eleck said.
Ignacio pounded out 16 hits in the opener against Rangely.
Josh Plehinger led the way with two hits in three at-bats.
Garret Becker also was 2-for-3.
Tony Hutchinson had a double and triple for the Bobcats.
Mark Garcia, Tyler Young and Anthony Porambo also had two hits each.
Porambo started on the mound. Garcia relieved in the sixth.
Garcia pitched a complete-game victory in the second game against Paonia, Eleck said.
Again, we hit the ball well," Eleck said.
Plehinger again was 2-for-3.
Becker had four hits, including a triple and double.
Porambo added two more hits as the Bobcats improved to 9-11.
Ignacio led early but then trailed 6-3 before rallying past Paonia to earn a berth in the 2A Regionals next Saturday in
The other three regionals will be played at Pueblo, Englewood High School and Northeastern Junior College.
The Final Four will be held May 21-22 at Englewood High School.
Ignacio will play an undetermined opponent at either 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The regional championship game
will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Bayfield High School
Bayfield High School, behind first-year head coach Tom Horton, advanced through the Intermountain League Tournament
with a pair of victories Saturday in Alamosa.
Bayfield defeated Centauri
16-2 in the IML tourney semifinals, then beat Monte Vista 3-2 in the championship game.
Monte Vista advanced to the championship game after an
11-10 extra-innings win against Pagosa Springs in the semifinals.
Statistics were not available from the tournament.
Bayfield (13-6) advances into the 32-team Class 3A state tournament bracket. The Wolverines will play a district game
next Saturday - team, time and site to be determined.