UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY – It really doesn’t matter what you try to throw Jayden Watts right now, everything looks like a beach ball.

On the heels of a three hit five RBI game on Friday against Windsor, Watts continued his roll at the plate, driving in three more on Saturday in a winner-to-the-title game against Falcon at Air Force’s Erdle Field. His bases clearing double in a seven-run bottom of the second broke things open for the fifth-seeded Tigers, who went on to win 11-6.

“It’s just the greatest feeling ever,” Watts said. “To come out and put on a show for my team and my family, who all come out here to support us. I’m just doing whatever I can to help us come out here and get the W.”

With the win, Holy Family automatically moves into the Class 4A state title game/s next Saturday. Golden will play Pueblo County in the first elimination game for the right to play Falcon. Whoever advances out of that game will have to beat the Tigers twice to win the title.

By virtue of Brendan Ward’s gem on Friday afternoon against Windsor, Tigers coach Marc Cowell was able to send out his ace Brady Hudson against the Falcons.

The sixth-seeded Falcons didn’t seem to care, especially leadoff hitter Jaxon Schleper. He took the second pitch he saw from the University of Northern Colorado commit and roped it down the right field line for a leadoff triple. A Uriah Maestas sacrifice fly brought him home to give Falcon and early lead.

The Tigers answered right back in the bottom of the first, cashing in a Britain Fox triple with a Cole Kuszak two-out single.

Holy Family did all the damage it would need to do in the bottom of the second. Trailing 2-1 , the first two batters reached and Isaiah Sandoval’s single to right drove in courtesy runner Dustin Bennett. Rylan Cooney would give the Tigers the lead on the next pitch, driving in Xavier Vega with a sharp single to center.

The Tigers would eventually load the bases and with two outs, it was Watts time. He roped an 0-1 curveball from junior David Ada to the right field wall that scored Cooney, Fox and Logan Seifarth.

“It looks like a watermelon, or like Shaq would say, it’s barbeque,” said Watts, who would go 2-for-3 at the plate with the three runs batted and was just as sparkling in the field. “I saw it early and I just did my best to put my best swing on it and I did. I drove it to the gap and picked up my teammates.”

Catcher Finn LaVelle would put a cherry on top of the second inning sundae with a double down the left field line that would bring in Watts.

It would be more than enough in support of Hudson, who did a marvelous job of keeping the prolific Falcons bats off balanced. He scattered six hits, gave up just two earned runs, walked three and most importantly, struck out eight — including sophomore designated hitter Brayden Millikan three times.

The Tigers, who were without their regular closer Dutch Van Dale after he was hastily tossed from Friday’s game against Windsor, went to the seventh inning with an 11-4 lead and turned to Josh Grezenbach to close it out.

The Falcons got two off of the junior, before turning it over to senior Gavin Brunner to close the door. After walking Chase Kessler, Brunner would induce two ground ball outs to end it.

Watts and Co. get one more week to prepare for a run at the schools fourth state title and first since 2014.

“We were struggling to put it all together (coming into the tournament), but we had our moments, but we just weren’t clicking as a team,” Watts said. “But something about this postseason, it feels like we are all together now, playing Holy Family baseball.

“We just have got to rest up and keep it going into next week and just being a team and playing together.”