Chargers reach tournament finals, fall to Pueblo West

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By Michael Hicks

PARKER — The Chatfield Chargers found themselves in a win-one, lose-one situation July 20 at the Willie White League varsity state tournament, winning 5-4 against ThunderRidge in the semfinals before losing 7-4 to Pueblo West in the championship game at Chaparral High School
Despite staggering heat the Chargers held their confidence throughout Game 1 against the ThunderRidge Grizzlies, racking up five runs off nine hits. But by Game 2 the Chargers were drained and the Pueblo West Cyclones took advantage of that.
The game was scoreless when Pueblo West junior Korbin Williams smacked a fourth-inning home run off Chatfield junior Patrick Barder to open the floodgates.
 “We didn’t know what to expect (from Pueblo West),” sophomore Sean O’Dell said. “I thought that they were a good team, but I don’t think they were good enough to beat us. But we just didn’t play (defensively). They didn’t beat us we beat ourselves.”
The Cyclones definitely maximized their opportunities. After Williams’ homer, the Chargers caught a break when the umpire called a balk on Cyclone senior pitcher senior Dustin Peterson. The call advanced senior Nick Low to third base. On the next pitch, junior Nick Chamberlain singled to bring Low in, tying the score at 1-all.
The score remained low-scoring through five innings, but in the top of sixth with runners on first and second Barder gave up a center-field double to Cyclone senior Dustin Peterson. Pueblo West’s Zac Drury was caught in a run-down situation between second and third before Chatfield finally tagged him out. Unfortunately, the tag was applied after Pueblo West senior Logan Letofsky, who was on third, took off for home and scored before a late throw.
Pueblo West went on to pull away from there.
Cyclones head coach Dan Sanchez rallied his team after the game by reminding them that they were the team that nobody knew, but now people will start to take notice.
 “We have a lot of kids who have the opportunity to play club, but we decided to stick together as a team and try to have a successful summer and we did,” Sanchez said. “It feels good to be in this 5A league tournament when we are a 4A team. So to come up here and win feels good.”