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Pueblo Azteca baseball shut down by 4-Corners in ’Nuch semifinal

  • 4-Corners vs. Azteca
    4-Corners vs. Azteca

    Pueblo Azteca's Seth Mora slides into second base on a steal during the semifinals of the Andenucio Tournament against 4-Corners Sunday at Hobbs Field [CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/ZACHARY ALLEN]

  • 4-Corners vs. Azteca
    4-Corners vs. Azteca

    Pueblo Azteca’s Ty Addinngton throws a pitch during the Tony Andenucio Memorial Baseball Tournament semifinals against 4-Corners on Sunday at Hobbs Field at the Runyon Sports Complex [CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/ZACHARY ALLEN]

BY AUSTIN WHITE | The Pueblo Chieftain | JUN 17, 2019

They say records are meant to be broken, but one of the longest in Pueblo stayed intact Sunday.

The Pueblo Azteca baseball club fell in the semifinals of the Tony Andenucio Memorial Tournament 5-2 to 4-Corners, leaving Pueblo still in search of a ’Nuch title since the Pueblo Elks won in 1984.

“It’s a game of inches and some stuff happened for them,” Azteca coach Mario Mattivi said. “They’re a good team though. I’m not taking anything away from them ... Did we get our goal? No. But the beautiful thing is the sun will come up tomorrow.”

The game started out well for Pueblo as it put up runs in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead into the third.

Starting pitcher Ty Addington was shoving it early and continued that into the third when he picked up his fourth and fifth strikeouts.

But an error to start the fifth inning followed by two walks loaded the bases for 4-Corners and started the downfall for Azteca.

“I have a lot of emotions right now because this is a good team,” Mattivi said. “I told them in the dugout that I’m proud of every single one of them because everyone on my bench this weekend picked each other up.”

A single scored two and a sacrifice fly from Drew Price presented the go-ahead run as the team from Colorado’s southwest out took a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Price was the main reason 4-Corners didn’t give the lead back as the New Mexico State commit hit upper 80s with his fastball and continued to pin the pitch at the Azteca’s knees.

The reliever gave up only two hits in his three innings of work while striking out three and walking none.

“He had a variety of pitches that we haven’t seen all summer,” Jameson said. “I think we were just in our heads a bit after some minor mistakes that ended up being major.”

Despite Price’s domination, Azteca had a chance to the tie game after Tyler Barth led-off the sixth inning with a double and reached third on a passed ball.

However, Price induced back-to-back ground outs to the left side and struck out the next batter to get out of the inning clean.

“We were kind of hoping people would put a ball in the outfield,” Mattivi said on the sixth inning. “But if it happens, it happens, but we’ll come back on Thursday and we’ll be ready to play again.”

4-Corners added on two runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach and advance to the ’Nuch championship.

For Azteca, not reaching their goal of winning the title and ending the streak hurts, but the summer has just begun and the team is ready to use this as fuel the rest of the way.

“They’re not giving up, we just have to rest these guys up,” Mattivi said. “Six games in four days is a lot but we’ll be back on Thursday and we’ll be ready to play.”

Azteca will be back in action this week at Runyon for the Artie Escobado Tournament. The four-day tournament is structured the same as the ’Nuch with pool play Thursday-Saturday and the championship Sunday.

The 17U Azteca team will also compete to represent Pueblo, as well 10 other teams from across the region.

“I know it’s just a summer ball team, but we still want to win and we want to the whole thing, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out,” Jameson said. “We’re going to go get it next week.”

Chieftain sports reporter Austin White can be reached by email at awhite@chieftain.com or on Twitter @ajwrules44.


2019 All-Tournament Team -- Jayden Collins, Las Vegas, Ty Addington, Azteca; Wyatt Lawley, Farmington; Cody Brooks, Cheyenne; Nolan Biaggi, Parker; Stevenson Reynolds, Grand Junction; Rio Grainger, Albuquerque; Cameron Yuran, Cherry Creek; Parker Ward, Woodward; Damon Elarton, Azteca; Joe Medina, Greeley; Ty Goss, Woodward; Gavin Mestas, 4-Corners; Dalton Smith, Burkburnett.
Tournament Awards Tourney MVP: Treston Shallenburger, 4-Corners; Most Promising Pitcher: Maximus Martines, Burkburnett; Golden Glove: Cody Bigford, Burkburnett; MVP Hitter: Drew Price, 4-Corners; All-Tourney Coach: Shane Shallenberger, 4-Corners.
Memorial Awards Carrie Andenucio Memorial: Deborah Sperry; Jim Diiorio Memorial: Mike James; Ike Crowell Most Improved Team: Burkburnett; Josh Faris Memorial: Adam Muniz, Azteca; Scott Elizondo Memorial: Freddie Smith, Azteca; Pete Giadone Memorial: Greg Perse; Dr. Tony Oreskovich Memorial: Kyle Jameson, Azteca;   Mark Vunovich Memorial: Tyler Barth, Azteca; Bill Wright Umpires' Catcher Award: Dawson Walls, 4-Corners; Tom Milner Most Promising Player: Andres Fernandez, Burkburkett;
Title game: 4-Corners 8, Burkburnett 5.   'Nuch Schedule (FINAL)



4-Corners-Azteca Boxscore

4-Corners 5, Azteca 2

4-Corners 000 030 2 – 5 4 1

Azteca 110 000 0 – 2 5 2

Vickers, Price (4). Addington, Neff (6), A. Cordova (7) and Duran. WP—Vickers. LP—Addington.

-- Compiled by Austin White

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