Huskies earn first baseball postseason appearance in program history
No. 29 Battle Mountain will play No. 4 Northfield Friday
Battle Mountain snagged the 29th seed and will face No. 4 Northfield Friday at 11 a.m. in the 4A Region 3 baseball tournament, the program’s first postseason appearance ever. The Huskies (13-10) finished the regular season with a commanding 11-1 win over Basalt.
Northfield (20-3) enters postseason play on a six-game winning streak. They were first in the 4A Denver Prep League with a 17-1 record and are led by Mason Sukigara, who has posted a 1.05 ERA on the mound and boasts a 0.625 batting average to go along with 21 stolen bases this season. The offensive juggernaut out of Denver has averaged 11 runs scored per game as a team.
Elijah Morales has been the anchor for Battle Mountain all season, striking fear into opposing pitchers with his strength at the plate and speed around the bases. The senior has belted eight homeruns, has a 0.635 batting average, and leads the team in every offensive category except doubles. He has split time on the mound as well and is serviceable at any position in the field, where he is third on the team in fielding percentage.
No. 11 Summit is the other area school to qualify for the postseason, and will host No. 22 Erie on Saturday. Palisade, the Western Slope League champions, earned the No. 1 seed in the 4A tournament.