Class 3A state tournament
Eaton 9, St. Mary's 3
At Butch Butler Field in Greeley: The No. 2 Reds jumped to a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning, and St. Mary's — making its first state playoff appearance in three years — couldn't recover.
The No. 6 Pirates (19-8) cut the deficit to 4-2 but ultimately ended their postseason run in the consolation bracket. Anthony Depner gave up only two hits in 3 2/3 innings but both were home runs.
Josh White was also solid for the Pirates, earning three hits and one double.
"Just the fact that we played 27 games is a testament to Colorado high school baseball," Pirates coach Bill Percy said. "We set an all-time high for victories in a season, 19. Our pitching staff was the difference all year long. A 2.05 ERA heading into the playoffs with flawless defense the last half of the season made a huge difference."
They opened the state tournament with a 6-3 loss to Lutheran on Friday before falling to Eaton (22-4), which will continue in the consolations bracket with a game next Friday against No. 7 Resurrection Christian (19-7).
The Pirates qualified for the state tournament after winning the Tri-Peaks League and Region 8 titles.
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Peyton's Rupert Shaw makes a hit during the Class 2A state baseball championship game against the Fowler Grizzlies on Saturday afternoon at the Runyon Field Sports Complex in Pueblo. The Panthers took home the state title, 3-0.
Peyton's Rupert Shaw looks up to catch a ball during a play.
Panthers players dump a water jug coach Kelly Nickell in celebration after their win against the Fowler Grizzles for the Class 2A state championship title.
Peyton's Josh Gonzales and Fowlers Gabriel Proctor both signal to the ump after Gonzales ran to second.
Peyton's Rodney Gregg watches a ball as he runs to first base during a play on Saturday afternoon.
Peyton's Nick Bachmeier throws the ball to first.
The Peyton Panthers cheer and point at the crowd to thank them for their support throughout the year.
Peyton's Josh Gonzales drops his bat and makes a run for first base.
Peyton's Josh Gonzales leans back to avoid being hit by a ball during their game against the Fowlers.
Peyton's Josh Gonzales reaches up to catch a ball after a a Fowlers batter hit the ball into outfield.
Peyton's Cameron Schaefer runs his hand through his hair as he stands at the edge of their dugout and a bluebird day at Runyon Field Sports Complex in Pueblo.
Peyton's Chance Claman makes a cloud of dust and debris as he dives into third base.
Peyton's Nick Bachmeier throws the ball toward first base during a play in the Class 2A state baseball championship game.
Peyton's Josh Gonzales swings and hits the ball before running to first base.
Peyton's Brennen Meyers runs toward third base.
Peyton's Brennan Meyers hits the ball.
Peyton pitcher Rupert Shaw throws a pitch. Shaw pitched the full game against the Fowler Grizzlies on Saturday afternoon.
Peyton's Austin Strobel throws the ball to Rupert Shaw at the pitchers mound after they made a play in attempt to tag out Fowler's Luke Bitter.