ThunderRidge wins second baseball state title
DENVER - ThunderRidge High School's baseball team has claimed its second 5A state title, by sweeping the championship series.
The team clinched the state championship on Saturday May 25, with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Rocky Mountain at All-City Field in Denver.
While ThunderRidge was unbeaten in the championship series, it had lost its last regular season game in Fort Collins against Rocky Mountain.
The team trailed the Lobos early in the championship game, but eventually the Grizzlies were able to come back—in part by permitting only three hits during the game. With two outs at the top of the seventh inning AJ Jacobs was able to hit single that would turn out to be the game-winning run.
Grizzlies coach Joe White, who was the co-coach in 2004 with Dave Mumper, when the Grizzlies won their only other title. White told the Denver Post that he began the season knowing "that we had a chance if we got hot at the right time."
With a group that White referred to as "great kids and unselfish," the Grizzlies rode a long list of contributions by the likes of Brody Westmoreland, Jake Hand, Bradley Thoutt, Jones, Jacobs, Loptien, Josh Newell and Connor Lambert.
Despite finishing third in the Continental League and falling to Rocky Mountain 13-11 to end the regular season, they won two district games on the way to a seven-game streak as a cap, including handling powers Cherry Creek and Grandview, as well as the Lobos.
October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: