Cedaredge High School's baseball team had a better season record (15-4) than many of the 2018 teams that began regional play last week.
After splitting games with Valley and Kent Denver the Bruins still have a better record (16-5) than four of the remaining eight teams which begin play in this year's 3A State Baseball Championships.
Cedaredge opened its hunt for a state baseball title against Valley in Region 3 play in Sterling.
The Bruins used a seventh-inning run to advance to the next game, 4-3.
An early deficit in game two proved to be too much to overcome and the Bruins were eliminated in a 9-7 loss to Kent Denver.
Bruins 4, Vikings 3
Against Valley the Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and still held a 3-2 lead heading into the sixth inning. Valley scored once in the top of the inning to tie the game.
The Vikings failed to score in the seventh and Cedaredge scored in its half of the inning to win the game, 4-3.
Valley outhit the Bruins 5-4 but couldn't generate enough offense in the late innings to score runs.
Sophomore Dusty Emig had two hits for the Bruins, including a double and drove in two runs for Cedaredge. Senior Brayden Blair had a double in two at bats and had an RBI. Senior Pedro Madaleno also had an RBI for the winners.
Kyle Bol and Tyler Kissler were Valley's leading hitters with two hits each. Jacob Miles had one hit and one RBI and Ivan Rodriguez also was responsible for an RBI.
Sun Devils 9, Bruins 7
Cedaredge could not find its offense until the third inning and trailed 5-2 as the two teams headed to the fourth frame.
The Bruins finally got the results they had been looking for in the top of the fourth with three runs to tie the game at 5-5. Kent Denver answered with a single run of its own to re-take the lead, 6-5.
Cedaredge did not score in the top of the fifth but fell farther behind after the Sun Devils scored twice in their half of the inning.
Two runs for Cedaredge in the top of the sixth brought the Bruins to within one at 8-7. Unfortunately, Kent Denver added one more run to its totals and shut down the Bruins offense in the seventh to preserve a 9-7 victory.
The loss eliminated Cedaredge from this year's state baseball playoffs and while number 4 Kent Denver (11-9) moves on to face number 5 Faith Christian (18-3) this Friday at Butch Butler Field in Greeley.