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- 2003 3A State Champions -

How The Reds Won It

Background: Longtime assistant coach Martin Hernandez passed away earlier in 2003 and was buried in his Reds' uniform; the Reds' players dedicated their season to Coach H.

Regional Semifinals:

Eaton 12, Pagosa Springs 11

1st Inning: After recording a flyout, the Reds make a couple errors, allow a couple infield singles and walks, and get behind Pagosa by 5 runs before Noblitt strikes out the final two outs of the inning, the Reds then go down in order, Reds trail 0-5

2nd Inning: Following a one-pitch groundout and a 10-pitch strikeout, 3 straight hits (including another infield hit) provide Pagosa with two more runs, after two quick outs, Barrios, Kelly and Noblitt single to bring in the Reds' first run of the game, Reds trail 1-7

3rd Inning: Hungenberg takes the mound in relief and gets out of the inning without any damage despite two errors as catcher Swain backed up an overthrow at first to get the runner thrown out heading to second, and also threw out a runner attempting to steal third before Hungenberg struck out the final batter of the inning, Garretson walked but was left at first base as the inning ended, Reds trail 1-7

4th Inning: After another error and another infield base hit, Pagosa increased their lead to 7 runs on a sacrifice fly before Hungenberg induced a double play ball that first baseman Kelly grabbed and recorded the out at first and then threw home to cut down the runner to end the inning, Swain walks and advances to 2nd base but is left stranded, Reds trail 1-8

5th Inning: Hungenberg retires the side in order, Noblitt and Anderson lead off with doubles and Dominguez then doubles them both in and scores on a ball hit by Swain after Trujillo had singled, Reds trail 4-8

6th Inning: Hungenberg gets two quick groundouts, but then after some walks and another infield hit, Dominguez takes the mound to strike out the final batter with the bases loaded on just 3 pitches to limit the damage as Pagosa again takes a 7-run lead on the Reds, Kelly hits a one-out solo home run, then Noblitt gets hit by a pitch, Anderson walks, Garretson reaches on an error, Dominguez knocks in a run, and Trujillo singles in a run, Reds trail 7-11

7th Inning: Dominguez allows a one-out single, but then gets a groundout and strikeout to strand that runner at third base after a stolen base, Walker leads off with a two-strike single, then Barrios singles, then Noblitt draws a full-count walk with one out, Anderson doubles to reduce the deficit to 2 runs, then Garretson singles to tie up the game and send it into extra innings, Reds tied 11-11

8th Inning: After allowing yet another infield single, Swain throws out the runner trying to steal, and Dominguez then strikes out the next two batters, after one out is recorded against the Reds, Barrios walks, and then after another out, Noblitt singles and Anderson delivers a game-winning two-strike hit to bring in Barrios and end one of the stranger days in Eaton history with one of its greatest comebacks, Reds win 12-11

Game Highlights: The Reds had done almost nothing all day at the plate until the 5th inning when a great team effort with disciplined at-bats and clutch hitting scored 3 runs in the 5th inning, 3 runs in the 6th inning, 4 runs in the 7th inning, and then the game-winning run in the 8th inning. Anderson led the charge with two doubles, a single, a walk, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored during this stretch, and Dominguez also knocked in 3 runs, Garretson knocked in two runs, and Swain, Kelly, and Trujillo knocked in a run as well. 10 of the runs scored on the day came from the Reds hitters #6-9 in the lineup as Dominguez slammed the door on Pagosa Springs after Hungenberg had limited the damage early in the game.

Regional Championship:

Eaton 16, Colo. Springs Christian 0

1st Inning: Dominguez is hit by a pitch, but the Reds fail to advance him, Hungenberg then gets two quick outs and after a walk, induces a flyout to centerfielder Garretson, Reds tied 0-0

2nd Inning: Walker, Barrios, and Kelly single to knock in a run, Hungenberg then retires the side in order on just 7 pitches, Reds lead 1-0

3rd Inning: Dominguez singles, Trujillo doubles, Swain doubles, Walker singles, Barrios singles, Noblitt doubles, and Anderson takes the relief pitcher brought in for him deep on the third pitch of the at-bat for a 3-run home run to effectively clinch the game, after allowing a leadoff walk, Hungenberg strikes out the next batter and then induces two groundouts, Reds lead 8-0

4th Inning: Trujillo leads off with a double, Walker draws a base on balls, and Kelly hits a 3-run home run with two outs, Juda takes the mound to close out the game and after allowing a single and the runner to advance to 2nd base, Juda records an unusual double play as Noblitt is undeterred by a fielder illegally waving at the ball in front of him and makes the out at first regardless, the runner's interference turned it into a double play, and then Juda struck out the final batter of the inning, Reds lead 11-0

5th Inning: Anderson leads off with a single, and then with two outs, Trujillo gets hit by a pitch, Swain singles, Walker singles, Barrios walks, and Juda hits a bases-loaded double, Juda then induces a groundout, an infield popout, and finally a 3-pitch strikeout to end the abbreviated game via the 10-run rule, Reds win 16-0

Game Highlights: Hungenberg had a dominant outing before the Reds offense took control of the game with 7 runs in the 3rd inning and allowed Juda to step in and finish out the game on the mound, which he did well to maintain the shutout. Anderson's 3-run home run put the game out of reach, and Kelly's 3-run home run gave the Reds a chance to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule and save back innings for a few days later as the rainouts the previous weekend forced the Reds to play again in the State Semifinals just 3 days later.


Reds Become First Class 3A Team to Ever Win Three Straight State Titles

Game Winning Pitcher:

Dusty Dominguez

Tournament MVP:

Dusty Dominguez

Last Out:

Groundout to Second Base

2003 Varsity Season Schedule