Day 2 Notes and Highlights from Centennial State Games

PBR Colorado Staff

The 4th annual Centennial State Games put on by Prep Baseball Report Colorado kicked off yesterday with 80 teams in the 17U and 18U levels competing up and down the Front Range. The best teams in the state are participating this weekend at local colleges such as Metropolitan State College, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and Colorado School of Mines, while also competing at local high school fields. Below are some notes and highlights of day one action. 

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Alberta Prairie Sticks 5  Loveland Aces 0
2019 Max Bernstein started for Alberta was relieved by John Shields and they held the Aces to only three hits and a shutout. The game was a true pitcher's duel until the bottom of the 6th when the first runs were scored as the Prairie Sticks erupted for 5 runs, putting together 5 hits in order to break open the game.  Daniel Carinci and 2019 Ben Prediger had two hits each to lead the Prairie Sticks. 

Game 3 Slammers Cronican 2 vs. Loveland Aces 1
In the last game of the day at Metro, Slammers defeated the Loveland Aces 2-1. 2019 LHP Tyler Richardson started for Slammers and matched up against Loveland Aces starter Kyle Irvin. Slammers opened up the scoring with one run in the first inning as 2019 3B Brice Martinez led off the game with a triple into the leftfield corner and was driven in by 2019 INF Jake Grieving on a single to left, that is where the scoring stood until the 6th inning when the Aces scored one to tie the game when 2019 Drew Massey doubled in 2019 Jackson Bakovich.  Slammers answered in the bottom of the 6th on another single by Jake Greiving followed by another single from 2019 Sam Ireland and later in the inning 2019 Grant Magill got a bases loaded walk to score the go ahead run. Jake Grieving led Slammers with two hits on the day. 


Team CO Arnold 12 Rogue 0
Team CO jumped ahead early in this contest using a big first inning, scoring 5 runs in route to a 12-0 win over Team Rogue. Team Colorado Arnold was led offensively by Lucas Campbell who went 2-3 with a 3B, 1B and 4 RBI’s. On the mound 2020 RHP Hayden Cooper was flawless, pitching a complete game 6.0 inning shutout. He allowed 2 hits and struck out 6.

NOCO Roughnecks 15 Team CO 11
In a wild back and forth game that consisted of 19 total walks, the NOCO Roughnecks prevailed over Team CO 15-11. The Roughnecks were able to get on base consistently in the early innings and use a balanced attack offensively, scoring their 15 runs on 10 hits while also drawing 8 walks. NOCO’s balanced attack featured 5 players with multiple RBI’s, and was highlighted by 2018 John Howard with his 3-3, 3 RBI day at the plate. Bryce Parsons paced the Team CO Arnold offense with a grand slam, triple and 5 RBI’s.       

NOCO Roughnecks 9 Slammers 2
In the final game of the first day of pool play at UCCS, the NOCO Roughnecks used a consistent offensive approach to close out Slammers Stevenson by the score of 9-2. The first 5 innings of this game featured a good pitching battle between 2018 Brady Carstens (McPherson) for NOCO and Jayden Dooley for Slammers Stevenson. Carstens went 6 innings earning the win on the mound giving up 2 earned runs, allowing 2 hits and striking out 6. On the other side, for the first 4 innings Dooley used a good mix of off speed pitches and fastballs to keep NOCO batters off balance at the plate and limiting them to 3 runs. That all changed in the 5th inning where the Roughnecks scored 4 runs to extend their lead and take control of the game in the later innings. The Roughnecks capitalized offensively with runners on base and received contributions throughout their lineup. Beely and Austen Clark (Augustana) paced the Roughneck offense collecting 2 hits each and each driving in a run.    


Game 1 - Colorado Yard Dawgs 6 vs. Slammers Fiscus 5
This back and forth game went to the Yard Dawgs thanks in part to a 2019 Kian Manmano go-ahead home run in the bottom of the sixth to give the Yard Dawgs the victory.  

Game 2 - Colorado Yard Dawgs 7 vs. Cherry Creek 2
2019 Ryan Stohr (Air Force) struck out 13 Creek batters in 6 1/3 innings of work and drove in 4 runs to help the Yard Dawgs win the pool at Mines.   

Game 3 - Cherry Creek 9 vs. Elite 6
Cherry Creek's six run fifth inning proved to be the nail in the coffin for Elite Baseball.  Creek 1B Hunter Owens started the fifth with a solo home run to ignite the Creek offense.  Elite CF J.D. Wadleigh (South Mountain) was 2 for 3 and 3B Isaiah Romero drove 2 RBI's in the losing effort.


Game 1- Wheat Ridge 3 vs Arapahoe 2

This was a tight game throughout with strong starts from both pitchers. However, Aaron Archadise’scommand of two pitches all day and ability to pitch backwards in counts gave Wheat Ridge the edge. Tanner Bloomer came up clutch with a go ahead RBI single in the fifth which would be enough in the end. 

Game 3- Premier West 13 vs Windsor 7
Premier West kept the hot bats in this high scoring affair. Consistent hitting one through nine proved to be the difference as catcher Otto Jones added 3 RBIs offensively. Premier West was ahead all day and was too much for Windsor. 


Game 1 Slammers (Givens) 6 vs. Regis 6
Slammers scored 5 in the first and another in second inning to take a commanding lead 6 to nothing after two.  Then in the bottom of the third inning, Regis put up a 4 spot, and then in the bottom of the 6thscored to more to tie the game, and ended the game in a tie 6-6 because of the time limit.

Game 2 Rough Riders 5 vs. Team Colorado Gienger 3
Team Colorado took the lead 3 to 0, scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th, and then the Rough Riders answered in the top of the 5th scoring 3 runs of their own.  In the top of the 7th the Rough Riders added another 2 to take the lead for good and win game 2. 

For Team Colorado 2019 Murphy Gienger threw 4 2/3 innings allowing just 3 hits, and 0 earned runs.  For the Rough Riders 2018 Sam Lennarson came in relief allowing 2 hits to go along with 4 strike outs and the win for the Rough Riders.

Game 3 Team Colorado Gienger 10 vs. Loveland Aces 2
Team Colorado got on it early scoring 6 runs in the 1st inning, 3 in the 2nd , and 1 more in the 3rd.  Will Mates was on the mound for Team Colorado going 3 innings allowing 1 earned run, giving up 4 hits, and 6 strike outs.  At the plate for Team Colorado Gienger Garrett Behm was 3 for 3, with a triple and an RBI.

Game 4 Rough Riders 14 vs. Loveland Aces 1
Rough Riders pitcher Brady Rose was dealing against the Loveland Aces in game 4.  Brady went 5 innings allowing just 2 hits and struck out 13 Aces.  2019 Trevor Erickson was 3 for 3 with an RBI, Andrew Feola had a triple and 3 RBI’s, and AJ Jergenson had a home run, a double, and 4 RBI’s.

Heritage Site

Game 1:  Slammers Quarton 5 vs. Khaos Gold 4
The Slammers hitters came in to this game swinging hot bats, and got off to a 5-0 lead after 4 innings Khaos Gold closed the gap to 5-2 after 5 and made it very close at the end before relenting 5-4 in a very well played game by both teams.

Game 2: Diamond Club 18  versus BC Bears 2
The BC Bears ran into a bit of a buzz-saw against Diamond Club, as Diamond Club bats were smoking hot.They Scattered 19 hits and 18 RBI's throughout their lineup, with each starting player and sub tallying at least 1 hit. 2018 Ryan Windham (Creighton) led Diamond Club with a HR and 4 RBI's. 

Game 4: RM Oysters #1 4 vs : BC Bears 1

In the final game of the day at the Heritage site, the BC Bears played the RM Oysters a tough 7 inning game. The RM Oysters appear to be one of the more mature teams in the tournament, age wise, and the younger BC Bears gave them a run for their money. The Bears took a 3-1 lead into the top of the 3rd inning but the Oysters tied the game in the top of the 3rd on Kirby's 2 run Homerun.  The Oysters took the lead  in the top of the 4th on 2018 Trey Morrill's (Yavapai JC)  RBI double and led 5-3 after 4 innings.  Mickelson added a 2 run Homerun of his own in the top of the 7th to give the Oysters a little more cushion as they held on to win 7-4.

Cherry Creek Site

Game 1 Slammers Akerfelds 8 vs. Brighton 3

Slammers scored 4 runs in the top of the 7th to separate themselves from Brighton to win 8-3. Alec Adolph was 2-4 with two doubles and three RBI’s. Matt Klein also contributed by going 2-2 with 2 RBI’s and two runs scored. Charlie Deeds came in to throw the last three innings for slammers, sitting 84-86 with a plus breaking ball.


Game 2: Slammers Akersfeld 10 vs Slammers Embry 9

This game was for the right to win the bracket and it did not disappoint.  Slammers Akersfeld got the ‘W’ via a walkoff by Ben Horwith.  Ben’s infield single scored 2019 INF Greg Deville for the 10-9 win. Slammers Embry jumped out to an early lead scoring in the first three innings.  Slammers Embry was led offensively by 2019 Trey Adams who was 2 for 4.  Slammers Akefelds was led offensively by Cade Akerfelds, Amari Smith, and Grant Dudden.  All three collected 2 hits. 


Game 3 Day 2 Slammers Embry 9  vs Brighton 1

Slammers Embry took out their frustration from their game one loss on Brighton by winning 9-1.  Zach Given cruised through 4 innings allowing 1 run on two hits with 5 strikeouts.  Slammers Embry got contributions from Owen Lockner, Henry Rock and Ben Kowalski.  Slammers got 8 runs in the first 2 innings. 


Game 4 Lightning Blue  12 Team Colorado Varley 4

Lightning Blue got the 12-4 win via the 8 run rule.  McCain, Galan and Niccum each collected multiple hits for Lightning Blue.