DOLORES - Energized by turning a bases-loaded, 1-2-3 double play to end visiting Ignacio's promising sixth inning, the Dolores Bears then scored seven runs in the home half en route to a 9-0 win last Thursday, May 10, at Joe Rowell Park field.
The start of the sixth looked good as Ignacio seniors Marcus Chapman, Cole McCaw and Kai Roubideaux each had a one-out walk.
Dolores then wrought their worst against all three pitchers IHS coach Bert Miller put atop the hill during the 2A-District 3/5 Tournament play-in. The right-handed Roubideaux (5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) took the loss.
Lefty Adam House (IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K) managed to stop the hemorrhaging, but the damage proved irreparable after the visitors failed to plate either of the two individuals reaching base during the top of the seventh.
Pitcher Cameron Chavez started for Dolores and earned the win after slinging five innings of two-hit ball, fanning three and walking just one. That fortunate 'Cat was Lawrence Toledo in the third inning, and he advanced all the way to third base before being stranded when Bear first baseman Dakota Smith made a fine play to retire Chapman.
Toledo also singled in the fifth before Chavez got House to hit into a rally-stopping 5-3 DP. Pinch-hitting for Toledo in the seventh, Clay Campbell drew a walk.
Batting fifth, Ian Weinreich went 2-for-3 with a pair of inning-opening singles to rightfield, but he would go no farther than second base as IHS finished the season standing a disappointing 4-16 overall.
Dolores, which had only led 2-0 through five innings before earning a fourth win in as many tries versus the 'Cats in 2018, finished 9-12 overall after losing 15-5 to State Tournament-bound Hotchkiss in semifinal action two days later at neutral Olathe High School. The Bulldogs then dipped to 17-3, however, after losing the finale to State-bound arch-nemesis Paonia (19-2) by a 7-2 margin.