The Trinidad State baseball team came into a tightly contested Region IX tournament the No. 1 seed and was one of five teams in the region sporting a 20-win record, yet a first-round loss and a meeting with eventual region-champ Lamar in the semi-finals ended their region run and has them looking forward to the district tournament this Thursday.
Weather played havoc with the early rounds, with rain leading region officials to shift some of those early round games to La Junta, before bringing the tournament back to Trinidad on Friday.
The Trinidad State Trojans faced Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) in the first round of the tournament after WNCC won their play-in game. The tight pitcher-duel would end with a 3-2 WNCC victory, after WNCC plated a run in the eighth, sending the Trojans to the loser’s bracket. There, Trinidad State would find their first win of the season, dispatching Northeastern Community College 3-1 in the elimination game.
This set up a match-up between the tournament’s top two seeds in the semifinals, yet Lamar would prove the better team on Saturday night as they racked up 14 runs on 11 hits to earn a 14-6 victory and a rematch with WNCC in the finals. With two straight victories over WNCC, Lamar was crowned region champs.
As winners of the regional tournament, Lamar earns the right to host the district tournament this weekend. Trinidad State will face the College of Southern Nevada in the first round on Thursday at 7 p.m.
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