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University assures place in the 3A baseball title game as Faith Christian, Lamar, Eaton advance

(Cannon Casey /

GREELEY – The university emerged as the only undefeated at the state 3A baseball tournament with a 7-6 victory in extra innings against Faith Christian.

"It's a roller coaster," said University coach Casey Miller. "That's an absolute roller coaster of emotions."

Grayson Swanson singled to left field to give the win after a 6-0 lead.

"I just have something at stake," Swanson said in his approach. "When you do not have outs with runners in first and second place with the guys behind me, even if I do not get to the base, I know that my brothers are behind me, I know that each of them has the ability to win that. right there. "

Koy Jorgensen started on the mound for the University, but he only had 30 pitches available because of the pitch count rules after pitching on Friday. Jorgensen scored 2 1/3 unbleached entries, before being replaced by Lee Strang.

"I thought it would be the one that would set the pace, I did not know how good it was going to be, but it made it incredible," Miller said. "That's what we talked about as a coaching staff." We got together and said, "Who gives us the best opportunity at the beginning?" Without a doubt, he was the right guy to go there. "

The Bulldogs jumped to an early 4-0 lead before Faith Christian could record one out. Grayson Swanson landed a short ball that went through Faith Christian's Macklin Brockmeyer to score a run. Then, Strang cleared the bases with a triple in space, and scored on a pitching error in the relay.

"Last year, they defeated us in the regional competitions and knocked us out before we could get here," Swanson said. "From that moment on, I knew I wanted to have this team again, and when we got that 4-0 lead, we felt really good."

The university took another race taking advantage of Faith Christian's mistakes. After a ball passed in a strikeout and a single inside the box that did not reach the pitcher's mound, Nolan Johnson beat a double play to push another run in the third inning.

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A homerun only of Swanson to left field made it 6-0 University.

Faith Christian would not be easy, as the University made its own mistakes, two passports, a passed ball, a balk and the first hit of the game closed the 6-2 in the fifth inning.

"I knew they were not going to give it to us after that," Miller said. "There was a lot of baseball left, and I tried to convey that message to these guys that we still have to cover. . I knew they would give us a bite. I did not want much of one, but I knew it. it would be difficult. "

The Eagles were able to score two scoreless innings after Swanson's solo release, and then loaded the bases in the seventh.

The University saw that its advantage of 6-2 was 6-4, then 6-6 before the end of the inning.The Bulldogs were playing only one run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but they could not push it.

They have their race in the eighth.

"A little rollover to left field does it," Miller said. "He's our kind of power, and then he gets a rollover. That's baseball. "

In the loser's group, Lamar stayed alive, beating Peak to Peak 15-13. Peak to Peak led 8-5 after five.

Eaton exploded with two seven-run innings in a 17-2 victory over Lutheran, Trent Kramer of the Reds lost a no-hit offer with no outs in the fifth inning.

Final 4 will take place at 10 am and at 12:30 pm next Friday at Butch Butler.

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