PBR Colorado Spotlight Game: Rock Canyon vs. Mountain Vista

By John Cackowski
State Director

Rock Canyon Jaguars vs. Mountain Vista Golden Eagles
5a State tournament

Game Recap

Continental League opponents Rock Canyon and Mountain Vista squared off one more time in 2015 which would end up being a classic pitching duel between Rock Canyon and Xavier commit RHP Chris Givin, and Mountain Vista and Colorado Mesa commit RHP Will Dixon. In a game that only saw 8 hits total(2 by the Jaguars and 6 by the Golden Eagles), it was the one timely hit in the 2nd inning by Ben Sneider that would be the difference in the ball game. 

Picking up at the moment, in the bottom of the 2nd, Dixon had his one moment where he struggled with command walking 2017 3B Matt Givin, 2016 DH Coby Zimmerman, and 2015 OF Quin O'Neill. The situation could have been real bad but Givin would get picked off of second. After striking out 2015 OF Cole Howard, it looked like Dixon would avoid a big jam but 2016 1B Ben Sneider would come up with a big hit to drive in 2 runs and the Jaguars would lead 2-0.

Mountain Vista would immediately answer in the top of the 3rd. With one out 2015 OF Tyler Stromberg would get a base hit, then 2015 2B Brandon Formby would follow. After 2018 3B Zach Paschke would strike out, 2015 SS and Grand Canyon commit Marc Mumper would get a base hit to cut the lead to 2-1. That is all Givin would give up the rest of the game.

Mountain Vista would have their chances. 2015 C Brady Subart would lead off the 4th with a double and reach 3rd with 1 but would get stranded there. In the top of the 6th the Golden Eagles would have the exact same result. Mumper would lead off with a double that came 2 feet from leaving the park but Givin would pitch out of another jam and leave him stranded at 3rd with one out.

The game was a great match up between the two Highlands Ranch schools within a baseball throwing distance of another. Rock Canyon would come out on top in this one, and advance to the 5A state Championship game against Chatfield. Mountain Vista would end their season with a very respectable 19-7 record and back to back 5A Final 4 finish.


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