|Dragons close season at regionals|
|Written by Chris Lee|
By Chris Lee
Holyoke’s baseball season came to an end during a breezy first-round regional game Saturday, May 15 at NJC. The Dragons fell 1-13 to Front Range Christian and watched their season come to a close.
“It just wasn’t our day,” coach Kyle Bules said.
Front Range Christian scored the first two runs of the game and Holyoke answered with their only run in the bottom of the first inning.
The Falcons scored three in the third and broke away for eight in the fifth to end the game by run rule.
Senior Logan Krueger took the mound for the game and pitched for four earned runs, eight hits, five walks and earned five strikeouts.
Francisco Diaz, Ryan Baumgartner and Krueger had the only hits for the Dragons—each with one. Krueger earned the only RBI for the team when he drove in Baumgartner in the first inning.
“Front Range is a great hitting team and we struggled,” Bules said.
The Dragons only struck out three times at their 18 at bats. “We hit the ball right at them and they made the plays,” the coach added.
“The overall season was very successful,” the coach said. “The guys played hard all season to put themselves in a position to win in the post season. This is a great group of kids and I hope the younger kids will learn from the positive leadership that the seniors displayed from the first day of practice all the way to the end.”
The coach also pointed out how grateful he is of the coaches, players and parents for everything they did for the team.
After starting out the season with four straight losses, the Dragons went on a nine-game winning streak. Suffering two more losses, Holyoke rattled off four more wins before falling to the Falcons Saturday. They end the season with a 13-7 record.
In other games at the Class 2A regional in Sterling, Wiggins fell to eventual regional champion Resurrection Christian 4-5. After beating Holyoke, Front Range Christian moved on and was dominated by Resurrection Christian 1-11 in the regional championship.