Pueblo is once against the site of the Class 2A baseball championship game and this year’s showdown is highly anticipated.

Two-time defending state champion Limon is going for its third in a row as it takes on a Denver Christian team that hasn’t won a state baseball title in a decade.

Here is a quick look at the two teams ahead of Saturday’s showdown.

Game details:

Date: Saturday, June 3

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Runyon Field, Pueblo.



Tournament seed: 1

2023 Record: 23-4

State title game appearances: 8

State championships won: 4 (2006, 2010, 2021, 2022)

Scouting report: The Badgers continue to play well across the board. Four of the five players who have logged over 100 plate appearances are hitting .427 or better. Keon Bandy is the most dangerous of the four as he’s amassed a .507 average with nine home runs (two of which have come with the bases loaded) and 47 RBIs. Trey Smith is hitting .478 and has also blasted five home runs. Jordan Rockwell and Cade Bennett are also big contributors with the bats.

From a pitching standpoint, Bandy will likely get the start as he’s 13-1 with a 1.45 ERA. Rockwell and Smith will also be available after combining to go 10-3 this season.


(Tracy Renck)

Denver Christian

Tournament seed: 3

2023 Record: 22-3

State title game appearances: 7

State championships won: 2 (1996, 2013)

Scouting report: The Thunder is certainly battle tested after winning its last three games by a combined 6 runs. They took down No. 2 Peyton, a team many people had pegged as a state title favorite, in the semifinals and will try to capitalize on that momentum against the Badgers. Asher Hawes will try to counter Bandy’s power at the plate. He’s hitting .526 with six home runs and 47 RBIs this season. Ari Waanders is also a dangerous hitter to face. He has a .480 average with seven extra-base hits and 28 RBIs which is second-best on the team.

Brayden Epperhart will try to be the difference maker as he likely gets the start on the mound. He is 9-1 on the season and has given up just one earned run all year.