Boys Baseball

SAN FRANCISCO |┬áTy Blach had a pretty good idea he had exceeded his teammates’ wildest expectations of what he could do with a bat. The reaction he got from teammate Denard Span rounding third base sealed it. “Denard’s look in the on-deck circle, that was pretty funny, he was just kind of like ‘Did you just do that?'” Blach said. “That was a great moment.”

The 2017 season was very odd in general for Aurora prep baseball in a lot of ways. After a recent stretch of occasional state championships, only three teams (Eaglecrest, Regis Jesuit and Grandview) made the 32-team Class 5A regional playoff field and none made it through to the eight-team 5A Championship Series. A city team had no impact on deciding the state champion for the first time since 2008.

AURORA | This time, David Peterson’s draft spot was much more to his liking and a much truer measure of his ability. Just after he completed his senior year at Regis Jesuit High School, the ace left-handed pitcher got selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 28th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, a place he found himself in largely because of a broken leg. Peterson instead headed to the University of Oregon, where he knew he might improve his draft stock tremendously the second time around. That became a black and white fact on Monday evening when the New York Mets spent their first round pick (No. 20 overall) on Peterson, a spot 834 selections higher than in 2014.

DENVER | A handful of some of Aurora’s top senior baseball players get to finish their prep careers in style by playing at Coors Field. Cherokee Trail’s Eric Cox and Nick Perez, Regis Jesuit’s Jimmy Hollinger and Caleb Sloan and Grandview’s Tyson Hays were selected to play on the Senior Team in the annual Colorado Rockies Futures game, a nine-inning affair scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday on the Colorado Rockies’ home field.