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Collegians gearing up for playoffs

Teams in second place in MHCBL 

BY JEFF LETOFSKY | The Pueblo Chieftain | JULY 4, 2018

With only 10 games remaining in the regular season, the Spradley Collegians baseball team is gearing up for the postseason.

The Collegians, who entered tonight's doubleheader against the Arena Gladiators in Colorado Springs with an 11-6 overall record and in a tie for second place in the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League, have had a successful season up to this point. They went 6-3 through their first nine games and have posted a 5-3 mark over their past eight.

"We've gotten a couple of injuries as of late and are battling through those," Collegians coach Tony Pechek said. "We were position-player heavy and now we're position-player thin. We're hoping to get everyone healthy and on all cylinders going into the playoffs."

The Collegians have used a solid starting pitching staff and the top of its lineup on offense to a sparkling record.

James Jenco, a Trinidad State product who has signed to play at New Mexico Highlands, has been the staff ace. He is the lone pitcher in the league who has beaten the league-leading Colorado Cyclones (16-1).

"Jenco can beat anyone," Pechek said. "He probably would have a few more wins if we could have kept some leads.

"But our pitching has been really good. Credit that to our starting pitching and the back end with Clint Hays and Gilbert Sauceda. They do a good job when we have the lead. And Zach Thomas has been great for us. He's a submarine left-hander who is good for an inning every game and comes in and throws strikes."

Offensively, leadoff hitter Lucas Quimby and No. 2 hole hitter Lucas Kaber have been solid setting the table for the power hitters.

"Quimby is exactly what you want in from the leadoff spot. He's on base two or three times a game," Pechek said. "Kaber has come on strong and gives us a little pop in the 2-hole and then they turn it over to Sauceda and Brandon Maes in the middle of our lineup. Those guys have banged a few balls off and over the walls."

Pechek said the Collegians have lost some games late, "just because some teams outslug us." Other than that, it's been a productive summer.

Following today's doubleheader, the Collegians play the Gladiators at 11 a.m. today at Hobbs Field in a single game before meeting Khaos in a 2 p.m. doubleheader Saturday in Littleton. They play single games the rest of the season -- July 11 vs. Batter's Box and July 13 vs. the Colorado Cyclones at home before traveling to play the Denver Generals July 14 and Prime Academy July 15.

The six-team league tournament will be held July 18-22 at Nelson Farms in Johnstown.

jletofsky@chieftain.com

 

 

COLLEGIAN LEADERS

Hitting

Average: Ian Garcia .455; Brandon Maes .385, Troy Puga .383, Lucas Quimby .368; Gilbert Sauceda .333; Brennen Gurule .321; Connor Hughes .316.
Hits: Quimby 21; Puga 18, Kaber 17, Maes 15.
Doubles: A.Garcia 4, Puga 4, Maes 3, Sauceda 3, I.Garcia 3, Quimby 3.
Triples: Maes 1, Sauceda 1, I.Garcia 1.
Home runs: Maes 1, Sauceda 1, I.Garcia 1.
RBIs: Maes 10, I.Garcia 10, Quimby 10, Sauceda 9, Gurule 7, Puga 7.

Pitching
ERA: James Jenco 2.04, Rocco Arguto 2.31, Sauceda 3.60, Clint Hayes 3.85.
Strikeouts: Jenco 35, Hayes 14, Sauceda 12, Arguto 12.

-- Compiled by Jeff Letofsky