Baseball: Regis Jesuit in two-horse race for Continental League after edging Mountain Vista

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AURORA | After an 11-game winning streak came to an end, the Regis Jesuit baseball team started another one that could lead to the Continental League championship.

Bouncing back from a walk-off loss at Ponderosa on April 25 — their first loss since falling on March 27 during a spring break trip to Phoenix — the Raiders got a walk-off win of their own on Friday against visiting Mountain Vista, as Joey Larson drove in the deciding run in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-3 victory.

The win pushed Regis Jesuit to 13-4 overall and 8-1 in Continental League play, tying it with Legend for the top spot in the standings with just two games left in the league season. Both teams have a two-game cushion on the rest of the league with coach Walt Weiss’ Raiders holding the tiebreaker thanks to an 11-3 win over the Titans on April 11.

Max George rallied Regis Jesuit from a 3-2 deficit with a fifth-inning solo home run, part of his 3-for-3 day that included two runs scored. Eric Brunts drove in a run for Regis Jesuit, as did Larson, who singled off reliever Austin Bryan to plate the winning run.

Three Raiders pitchers scattered four Mountain Vista hits and sophomore left-hander David Peterson picked up the win by pitching a scoreless top of the seventh inning. Starter Reagan Todd went four innings and Daniel Sutherland notched two scoreless innings of relief, including working out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth inning.

Regis Jesuit has a home game against Littleton (2-13, 0-9) on April 30 before finishing up at Chaparral (10-6, 6-3) on May 2.

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REGIS JESUIT 4, MOUNTAIN VISTA 3

Score by innings (r-h-e):

Mountain Vista  001 020 0 — 3  4  1

Regis Jesuit      110 010 1 — 4  5  3

MOUNTAIN VISTA (ab-r-h-rbi)

Jack Strunc 3-1-2-0, Brett Newman 4-0-2-1, Kevin Paschke 3-0-0-0, Michael Klein 2-0-0-0, Kyle Zeberlein 3-0-0-0, Anthony Giali 2-2-1-0, Dean Hoth 3-0-0-0, Michael Collins 3-0-0-1, Collin Johnson 3-0-1-0. Totals 26-3-6-2. Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Michael Klein (L, 6 1/3-3-4-3-5-6), Austin Bryan (1/3-1-0-0-1-0).

REGIS JESUIT (ab-r-h-rbi)

Max George 3-2-3-1, Joey Larson 2-0-1-1, Brody Weiss 3-0-0-0, Jordan Kennedy 3-0-0-0, Jack Hardeman 1-1-0-0, Reagan Todd 3-0-0-0, Eric Brunts 3-0-1-1, Andrew Schmidt 3-1-0-0, Pat Powers 2-0-0-0. Totals 23-4-5-3. Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Reagan Todd (4-2-3-1-1-6), Danny Sutherland (2-1-0-0-1-1), David Peterson (W, 1-0-0-0-0-1).

2B — Regis Jesuit: Eric Brunts, Max George. HR — Regis Jesuit: George (solo in 5th inning).