And then there were four. The Class 3A baseball tournament heads into the final weekend with three team still having a chance to end Eaton’s run at perfection.

Eaton is the two-time defending state champion and is 3-0 heading into this weekend. That means whoever comes out of the two games on Friday must win twice to win the state championship. Games begin Friday at 10 a.m. at Butch Butler Field in Greeley.


Game 1: University vs Delta (6/2 10 a.m.)

Game 2: Winner of Game 1 vs. Colorado Academy (6/2 12:30 p.m.)

Game 3: Winner Game 2 vs. Eaton (6/3 10 a.m.)

Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs. Eaton (6/3 12:30 p.m.) IF NECESSARY



Record: 28-0

State title game appearances: 25

State championships: 13 (1994, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2021, 2022)

Scouting report: Maybe one of the most stacked rosters in the state regardless of classification. Walker Martin, Tate Smith and Mitch Haythorn are all Division I players. Ryder True, Gunnar Duncan and Lucas Stone are all solid hitters and good in the field.

If teams are forced to pitch to Martin, he can make them pay as he’s hitting .636 this year with 20 home runs and 74 RBIs.


Colorado Academy

Record: 20-7

State title game appearances: 0

State championships: 0

Scouting report: The Mustangs came within just a couple of outs of handing Eaton its first loss of the season. They led 9-7 going into the bottom of the 7th, but when Jordan Reiter ran out of pitches, the Reds pounced on the CA bullpen. Colin Love has shown to be a capable hitter in the playoffs and the one-two punch of Reiter and Charlie Rakowski on the mound could get the Mustangs a rematch for the state championship.



Record: 25-3

State title game appearances: 6

State championships: 5 (1982, 1992, 1997, 2018, 2019)

Scouting report: University suffered its first loss to a non-Eaton team in two years when it fell to Colorado Academy last Friday. The Bulldogs would love to get a rematch with the Mustangs and then get another crack at Eaton, who has beaten them two years in a row.

Connor Weber leads the team with a .486 batting average and Riggs Towle will likely have to throw in one of the first two games in the Bulldogs are going to stay alive on Friday.



Record: 22-6

State title game appearances: 4

State championships: 2 (1963, 1964)

Scouting report: As Ty Reed alluded to over the weekend, the Panthers have depth when it comes to pitching. That is the most important factor for a baseball time on the final weekend, especially one that needs to win four games to capture the state championship. Reed, Braeden Sprout and Landon Kennell could be the arms that power Delta into the state championship.