There are no more undefeated teams in big-school baseball after Class 5A No. 1 Fossil Ridge’s 12-9 loss to No. 11 Cherry Creek on Saturday.

The SaberCats won their first nine games of the season, then led the Bruins 6-1 on Saturday before suffering their first loss of the year.

Eddie Esquivel hit a three-run home run as part of a 10-run third inning for Cherry Creek and finished with five RBIs.

The Bruins’ eventual 12-run output came against a team that’d allowed only 14 runs through a 9-0 start.

Now, top-ranked Fossil Ridge will look to bounce back against crosstown-rival Fort Collins — in one of our 5A and 4A spotlight games of the week.

Class 5A

No. 4 Fort Collins (9-2) at No. 1 Fossil Ridge (9-1), Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

The Lambkins have won five of their last six against Fossil Ridge and are 8-4 against the SaberCats since 2011. But Fossil Ridge has been the class of 5A through the first month and a half of the season as it aims for its first state title in program history.

The SaberCats are led by 5A’s top pitching staff, including senior Easton Miller (1.00 in 21 IP) and Brek Benedict (0.38 ERA in 18 1/3 innings). They are a combined 7-0 on the mound this season.

Meanwhile, Sean Togher is pacing the Lambkins from the plate and on the mound. He is hitting .517 and owns a 1.91 ERA in 22 innings.

In a 6-4 win over Erie last week, Togher threw five frames, allowing three runs and striking out nine. He also drove in two.

No. 6 Legend (8-4) at No. 5 Ponderosa (8-5), Friday at 11 a.m.

The Titans dropped from second to sixth in the rankings after their 11-3 loss to No. 28 Mountain Vista on Monday.

Before that, though, they were rolling against in-state competition, with six wins over their first seven local games.

Senior Maddux Stahl is hitting .382 with 14 RBIs for Legend, which is averaging 9.4 runs against teams from Colorado. Stahl himself is hitting .462 against in-state competition.

For Ponderosa, senior Bryce Robinette is hitting .475 with 19 hits — 11 of which are extra-base hits. In three games this month, he is 7-for-11 with three doubles, a home run and six RBIs.

Class 4A

No. 4 Golden (11-1) at No. 17 Green Mountain (9-3), Saturday at 11 a.m.

The teams are 9-9 against each other dating back to 2011, but the Demons have won every meeting since 2018, including a 14-0 win on April 4.

Junior Luca Casali is hitting .415 with three home runs and 17 RBIs for the Demons, whose only loss of 2024 came at No. 9 Pueblo Central on March 30.

Meanwhile, Green Mountain has won four of five since its loss to the Demons.

Jackson Prosser, who gave up nine runs in less than an inning of work against the Demons earlier in the month, threw a five-inning, no-hitter in a 12-0 win over Alameda on Saturday. He struck out 13 of the 16 batters he faced.

No. 10 Pueblo County (9-4) at No. 9 Pueblo Central (7-3), Tuesday at 4 p.m.

No. 9 Pueblo Central at No. 11 Pueblo East (9-4), Saturday at 1 p.m.

No. 11 Pueblo East at No. 10 Pueblo County, April 23 at 7 p.m.

After a 9-14 campaign in 2023, Pueblo Central had won five straight before falling to Pueblo West 14-10 on Thursday. The Wildcats are now 2-29 against the Cyclones since 2008.

But Central is still having a nice spring, led by senior pitcher Zach Mehess (1.02 ERA in 13 2/3 innings). He hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last two appearances, striking out 12 across 9 2/3 frames.

County is led by Roy Higinbotham’s .419 batting average. The senior also has a 2.67 ERA and 30 Ks in 21 innings on the mound.

And East has been guided by standout sophomore David Casillas. He has thrown 27 innings (2.33 ERA), striking out 28. He’s also tied for second on the team with six RBIs, hitting .386.