The Ignacio High School baseball team's run through the Class 2A state playoffs continued Saturday morning.
The upstart Bobcats stunned Fowler 8-7 in the opening game of the Regional Tournament at Alamosa High School.
Just one game away from the final four of Class 2A baseball, Ignacio fell to rival Paonia 9-3 in the Regional championship Saturday afternoon.
In the opener, the Bobcats started quickly with three runs in the first inning, keyed by a two-run triple to center by Tyler Young.
The Ignacio offense added a single run in the second, two more in the third and two more in the fourth.
Anthony Porambo came on to get the win for Ignacio, pitching 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. He struck out all five batters he faced.
Paonia, meanwhile, upset two-time defending state champion Custer County (Westcliffe) 7-6 in eight innings Saturday.
That matched Paonia against Ignacio in a rematch from last weekend's District Tournament.
This time, Paonia prevailed 9-3 to eliminate the Bobcats (10-12).
In the loss, Josh Plehinger managed three hits, including a double.
Garret Becker had two hits and an RBI for Ignacio.
Tony Hutchinson also drove in a run against Paonia.
Mark Garcia had two hits for the Bobcats.
Paonia starting pitcher Landon Long struck out 12 Bobcats and held Ignacio to five hits in a complete-game victory.
Paonia (12-9) will advance to the state semifnals against Resurrection Christian on Friday at Englewood High School.
Resurrection Christion eliminated Holyoke and Front Range Christian on Saturday.
Las Animas will play Limon in the other 2A state semifinal.
Limon defeated Calhan and Burlington.
Las Animas eliminated Sargent and Swink on Saturday.
Ignacio advanced to the Regionals with victories over Rangely (12-9) and Paonia (10-9) last weekend in Cortez.
The Bobcats reached the playoffs in their first year under head coach Ardie Eleck.