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Bobcats go down swinging at regional

Ignacio eliminated by Wray in first round of playoffs, 14-9
Ignacio head coach Duke Baker cracks a joke with Ambrose Valdez earlier this season. Valdez had a big game for Ignacio on Saturday, but IHS fell to Wray in the opening round of the 2A regional/state tournament. (Joel Priest/Special to the Herald)

The Ignacio High School baseball team entered the seventh inning trailing Wray 14-4 on Saturday in the regional round of the Class 2A state tournament in Limon.

The No. 16 Bobcats rallied and scored five runs, but were unable to catch the No. 17 Eagles. Wray won the game 14-9 to end Ignacio’s season with a 14-9 overall record.

Ambrose Valdez had a big day at the plate for Ignacio. Valdez had three base hits, three RBIs and scored twice. Phillip Quintana also drove in three runs for the Bobcats.

Zane Olguin had two hits, two runs and one RBI.

Devante Montoya scored one and drove in one. Marcus Maez scored two runs. Eppie Quintana had an RBI and Dylan McCaw scored twice.

Wray, however, scored three runs in the first and two in the second to jump out to a 5-0 lead. Ignacio responded with one run in the third and three in the fourth, but Wray added another eight runs in the final three innings.

Eppie Quintana struck out 10 Eagles in 5.2 innings, but suffered the loss even though only two of the nine runs Wray scored on him were earned. Ignacio committed three errors in the game. Wray made six errors, but was able to overcome its miscues.

Wray then faced No. 1 Limon in the regional final, but lost 10-5 to the top-seed.

Limon will now face No. 9 Burlington in the quarterfinals on Friday. The other quarterfinals will feature No. 2 Peyton and No. 10 St. Mary’s; No. 4 Buena Vista versus No. 5 Holyoke; and No. 3 Denver Christian playing No. 11 Del Norte.