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Eagles win last home game; playoffs loom

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Photo by Eric Goold Paonia sophomore KJ Seriani delivers to the plate in the Eagles 11-1 victory over Cedaredge.

It wasn't pretty, but Paonia got another win in its last home baseball game of the season.

Paonia, ranked No. 1 in 2A and rolling toward the postseason, defeated Cedaredge 11-1 last Tuesday and improved to 18-0 on the campaign.

The game was much closer than the score indicates as Cedaredge starting pitcher Jacob Lewis kept his team in the contest over five strong innings.

Lewis allowed eight hits and four runs, striking out three Eagles and walking three as well. The Bruins (9-7) were down only 4-1 when he left the game.

Paonia poured on seven runs in the sixth inning to close out the contest, but Eagles coach Nate Miller was not pleased with the effort.

"I'm very disappointed in our performance," Miller said after a brief postgame meeting with the team. "We pulled it out in the end but we've got to show up and be a lot better than that."

Three errors in the field and a couple of blunders running the bases had the Eagles coaches shaking their heads.

"Our defense has got to pick it up," Miller said. "We're number one. We need to show up and act like it and we didn't do that today."

There were some bright spots for the Eagles. Colby Simpson and Slater Podgorny turned a 6-4-3 double play to end the Bruins' fourth. Then Simpson had a nice put out and Podgorny handled a scorching grounder to finish the Cedaredge sixth.

The support was more than enough for starting pitcher KJ Seriani. The fireball-throwing right-hander piled up 11 strikeouts in his six innings of work. He gave up five hits, walked one and surrendered an unearned run.

"KJ looked great. I'm glad he did," Miller said. "If he didn't look real good on the mound today we would have been in trouble."

Jaden Miller had two hits for Paonia, including a home run that ended the game. Seriani hit a double that scored three runs and Podgorny chipped in with two hits and three RBIs.

Chase Meyers singled to open the Cedaredge third, then came around to score on a hit by Garrett Meyers. Catcher Colton Hoerr batted 2-for-2 for the Bruins.

Cedaredge went to Meeker on Saturday to wrap up its regular season while the Eagles went to Hotchkiss on Friday for their last regular season game against the Bulldogs.

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