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Collegians head to postseason

BY JEFF LETOFSKY | The Pueblo Chieftain | JUL 19, 2018

Brandon MaesBrandon MaesFollowing a solid regular season, the Spradley Collegians enter the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League Tournament starting today as the No. 2 seed.

The Collegians, 16-10, tangle with the Fort Collins Bandits at 4 p.m. in their tournament opener in Johnstown. The teams have split this season with the Bandits winning 18-6 and the Collegians winning 10-6.

The Northern Colorado Roughnecks are the No. 1 seed. The tournament champion qualifies and advances to the National Baseball Congress national tournament in Wichita, Kan. That tournament runs from July 27 through Aug. 11.

The MHCBL double-elimination tournament runs through Sunday with the championship game set for 1 p.m.

"It's been a great run," Collegians coach Tony Pechek said. "I'm happy with the way the guys have played the game all year. Everyone has improved and we've got a lot out of the guys watching them go through their ups and downs."

Pechek has especially been impressed with the Pueblo-area players who have elevated their games all summer.

"We have a lot of talent, a lot of great local kids on the team," Pechek said. "On paper when we started, this was a very young looking team. But they've shown they are a very mature group."

Left-hander James Jenco, who has signed to play at New Mexico Highlands, will get the ball in the opener on the mound. Rocco Arguto is the scheduled starting pitcher for the second game.

 "The most pitching depth we've had in the four years I've been coaching," Pechek said. "Jenco has had a great season statistically but has only one or two wins. We haven't been able to finish games when he starts. Hopefully, we can do that (today)."

A handful of local prep players have led the team offensively with Brandon Maes the top hitter with a .407 batting average. Ian Garcia (.396) is next followed by Lucas Kaber (.337), Lucas Quimby (.330) and Brennen Gurule (.327).

Maes has driven in a team-high 19 runs and also leads the squad with three homers.

Jenco leads the team is most pitching categories including innings (25 2⁄3), strikeouts (47) and ERA (2.80).




Average—Brandon Maes .407, Ian Garcia .396; Lucas Kaber .337; Lucas Quimby .330; Brennen Gurule .327.

RBIs—Maes 19, Gilbert Sauceda 18, Ian Garcia 16, Alan Garcia 16, Quimby 14.

HRs—Maes 3, Sauceda 2, Alan Garcia, Connor Hughes, Cyril Negerski, Ian Garcia, Quimby 1.


Innings—James Jenco 25 2⁄3, Rocco Arguto 20 1⁄3, Gilbert Sauceda 19 1⁄3, Bryce Hill 171⁄3, Clint Hayes 16.

Strikeouts—Jenco 48, Arguto 20, Hayes 18, Sauceda 17, Marcus Casados 17.

ERA—Jenco 2.80, Arguto 3.09, Hayes 5.06, Casados 5.94, Sauceda 6.05.