Spring has sprung and prep baseball is well underway in Class 3A, 2A and 1A. Some teams may have had a pause in the action because of spring break, while other squads have been going full speed ahead. Here’s a sample of a standout player and some games to watch coming up the rest of this week.

Player Props: Resurrection Christian’s Braydon MacAlmon is off to a sizzling start to begin the 2024 campaign. The 5-foot-7, 147-pound junior is sporting a .647 batting average – 11 hits in 17 at-bats. He also has scored 16 runs and has two RBIs. On Wednesday, MacAlmon was 1-for-4 with 1 run scored in his team’s 9-2 victory over Timnath. As a sophomore, MacAlmon had a .357 batting average, collecting 10 hits on the season. He already has one more hit this season than last season for the Cougars, who have a 6-0 record.

Class 3A

Montrose (5-2) at Berthoud (5-0), 4 p.m., Thursday

Fresh off a tough 8-1 loss to a stout Castle View team on March 20, Montrose has had time to regroup as it takes on an unbeaten Berthoud squad. In Montrose’s five wins, the team has scored 12, 13, 9, 16 and 11 runs and in its other loss it was blanked by Falcon 2-0 on March 16. Berthoud is fresh off a 13-3 win over Frederick. Junior Adam Hayes is leading Berthoud with a .471 batting average. In the win over Frederick, Kaeden Kettle and Wyatt Barmes had three hits each.

Class 2A

Denver Christian (5-3) vs. McMinnville (Ore.) (2-3), 10 a.m., Thursday

Denver Christian, the reigning 2A state champ, is testing its talent against an out-of-state team. Asher Hawes is having a strong start to the season for DC, sporting a .577 batting average. He already has 15 hits and 15 RBIs and one home run. Following the game Thursday, DC returns to Colorado where it will visit Estes Park at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday. It is worth noting that Denver Christian has already played Limon this season, the team it beat in the state finals a year ago, losing 8-6 on March 23. In that game Hawes was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Class 1A

Stratton (3-2) at Akron (5-0), 3 p.m., Thursday

After a tough 2-1 loss to Holly on March 23, Stratton regrouped to capture a 15-5 victory over Springfield on Tuesday. In that game, Cyler Notter, Grady Steerman and Ethan Bohnen had two hits each. Notter is leading the team with a .692 batting average with eight RBIs. Akron is paced offensively by Clay Axtell (.444), and Anderson Filla (.438). The Rams’ most recent game was a 9-8 decision over Otis on Tuesday. In that game, Filla was a star, collecting three hits in four at-bats. He also had two RBIs. Akron’s Jakzon Livesay had two hits and a team-high three RBIs in the Otis victory. Akron also has a key doubleheader at 11 a.m. Saturday against Holyoke (3-1).