Cottonwood wins its second state baseball title in three years
Jun 24, 2019 02:12PM
By Brian Shaw
Cottonwood defeated Timpanogos three times this year, the third victory meant a state championship. (City Journals)
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Last year, the Cottonwood Colts baseball team was denied an opportunity to win their second state baseball title in two years. It was a stinging blow to a group many expected would not only win, they thought the Colts would dominate.
This year, however, the Colts would not be denied, winning their second state title in three years with a 6-5 victory over Timpanogos on May 24. And the way in which Cottonwood went about getting it done will be talked about for decades to come.
This time around, the Colts didn't need to play small ball to win a state championship. Nope. Cottonwood brought its bats to the party as well as its gloves, allowing just seven total runs in the five games at the Utah 5A State Playoffs.
The Colts didn't lose a single game, winning all five games they played in convincing fashion. In the first two games of the tournament alone, Cottonwood won 10-0 over Woods Cross in just five innings and 7-1 against Maple Mountain to cruise into the Class 5A winners bracket.
Once there, Cottonwood took a 4-1 win over Timpanogos — the same team it would later face in the state championship game. After the victory over Timpanogos the Colts would get all they wanted from a game region foe in Jordan.
The Beetdiggers would take Cottonwood all the way to their brink before the Colts answered with a two-run double from senior Daniel Gonzalez to launch them back into title contention.
In the championship game, Cottonwood would rely on the arm of Carson Angeroth and five runs in the fourth and fifth innings — including a towering three-run home run from Dylan Reiser in the fifth — to help the Colts hang on for the trophy.