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Dennis Pleuss
Dakota Ridge catcher Kyle Derr, right, isn’t able to hang on to the ball after a collision with Cherokee Trail junior Eric Cox at home plate during the top of the seventh inning May 20 at All-City Field in Denver. The Cougars used a three-run seventh on the way to a 7-2 victory in the first round of the Class 5A state baseball tournament. The Eagles were eliminated from the double-elimination tournament the following day after a 11-6 loss to Mullen.
Short stay at state baseball for Dakota Ridge

DENVER — Having won nine-of-10 games entering the Class 5A baseball double-elimination state tournament, Dakota Ridge liked its chances for a long stay.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, losses to Cherokee Trail (May 20 at All-City Field) and Mullen (May 21 at Machebeuf High School) brought the season to an abrupt end for Dakota Ridge (15-8 record).