Cottonwood baseball puts up historic numbers in preseason play
Apr 29, 2019 10:59AM
● By Brian Shaw
Dylan Reiser unleashes a pitch against Timpanogos on March 21. Through 11 games, Cottonwood had allowed the fewest runs in the state with 20. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
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Several weeks after the Cottonwood Colts baseball squad opened their preseason with consecutive shellackings of Timpanogos and Taylorsville, and Layton and Fremont — losing only to nationally ranked schools at a tournament in Arizona televised on ESPN —a return to dominance is in sight.
The Colts got unceremoniously dumped much earlier than anyone expected last season, going home in the state 5A baseball quarterfinals.
But, there is no sign of that struggle now. Cottonwood has sent a crystal clear message to every taker that last year's postseason woes are nowhere to be found this preseason.
Aside from three games at which the Colts lost two at the Scott Boras Classic in Arizona in mid-March, Cottonwood has given up just five runs in its five games against in-state competition —all victories.
Should that streak continue, the Colts will be in some rarified air indeed. Of these five victories, three have been shutouts.
As of press time, the Colts (13-3 overall, 7-0 region) have allowed the fewest runs by any high school baseball team in the state of Utah (20) across all six classifications.
One week after a 7-0 thumping of Davis to open the 2019 season, the Colts hit the road for Arizona and the Scott Boras Classic. After those few bumps (narrow 3-2 and 5-3 losses to Corona Del Sol, Ariz. and Legend, Colo.) Cottonwood returned to Utah and has destroyed all comers since.
An 11-1 annihilation of Timpanogos March 20 signaled the Colts were nobody to mess with. Cottonwood then hammered a good Taylorsville squad 10-0 the following week, beat a talented Layton team 3-0 on April 2 and wrapped up its preseason whacking Fremont 11-4 the next day.
Region play then started at Corner Canyon the week of April 8 resulting in a Colts three game sweep. Cottonwood belted 34 runs against the Chargers in 15-2, 11-0 and 8-3 victories.
A much more difficult region foe awaits the Colts, however, in Jordan, the defending 5A state champions, followed by Timpview to round out April.