HS Baseball: Cheyenne Mountain rallies to keep season alive in 4A tourney

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The Cheyenne Mountain Indians erased at six-run deficit against Pueblo West in the sixth inning to keep their season alive in the 4A state baseball tournament Tuesday.

The Cyclones jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third and added a five-run fourth inning to go up 6-0. When Cyclones pitcher Ty Garcia was pulled in the sixth inning with runners on base, the relievers couldn’t find the strike zone. After an RBI single, the Cyclones walked in three straight runs to lead just 6-4. With the bases loaded, Cheyenne Mountain’s Aaron Berkhoff hit a bases-clearing triple to give the Indians their first lead of the game.

“Coach told me that he believed in me and that he wants me to hit the first pitch,” Berkhoff said, recounting his at-bat. “That’s what I thought when I went to the plate and I hit it. I’m still hyped. I can’t believe we came back from that, so I’m still hyped. I’m probably going to still be hyped the whole night. I probably won’t get any sleep.”

Devin Dodson closed out the game for the Indians. On the final out, he got some help from right fielder Jack Denker, who made a diving catch to end the game with runners in scoring position for the Cyclones.

The Indians play Valor Christian at 10 a.m. at All-City Field Wednesday morning. Following that game, the winner goes on to play Pueblo West in the 4A championship.

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