AURORA | Sophomore Diego Velasquez earned himself and the Smoky Hill baseball team a win with a walk-off grand slam March 17 in the Buffaloes’ 10-8 non-league win over Fort Collins.

Velasquez came on in relief of starter Ayden Grimble and surrendered a two-run home run to the Lambkins’ Blake Templeton in the top of the seventh inning, but came up in the bottom of the inning with the bases loaded.

He was 0-for-3 at that point, but cleared the bases with his game-winning blast.

Sophomore Dylan McKee went 3-for-3 and scored three times to lead Smoky Hill’s offensive attack and joined senior Isaac Sprinkle with two RBI.

Smoky Hill moved to 3-1 on the season ahead of a March 22 home game against Adams City (1-2).

Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Prep Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Sentinel Prep Sports


Score by innings:

Fort Collins   002 400 2 —  8

Smoky Hill    120 030 4 — 10

WP — Smoky Hill: Diego Velasquez (1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K). Smoky Hill hitting: Dylan McKee 3-3, 2 RBI, 3 runs; Isaac Sprinkle 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Cam Kennedy 1-3, 2B, RBI, run; Diego Velasquez 1-4, HR, 4 RBI


Courtney Oakes is sports Editor and photographer with Sentinel Colorado. A Denver East High School alum. He came to the Sentinel in 2001 and since then has received a number of professional awards from...