By Ben Rossi June 5, 2021 saw news of a major league callup that made history. Griffin Jax, a Colorado native was called up by the Minnesota Twins. He became the first ever player out of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. to make the major leagues. He made his debut on June 8, and would go on to be a regular part of the Twins starting pitching rotation. Jax previously pitched with the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League’s Denver Generals. He is one of the many individuals who have played or coached in the league and gone on [...]
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The Boulder Collgians are a storied franchise who have been around since 1964 and have featured several prolific MLB players in their team's history. This summer was the team's first season in the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League and they made a mark, setting the bar for the league moving forward. The team finished with a league-best 22-3 record and had several adventurous endeavers throughout the summer. From a six-game series in Fairbanks, Alaska against the Alaska Goldpanners to a trip to Wichita for the NBC World Series, the team traveled long distances and played extra games against opponents outside of [...]
Baseball is at its best when each team plays hard through-and-through, regardless of what's at stake, purely for the love of the great game. The Colorado Lumberjacks and Northern Colorado Roughnecks both embodied this in Sunday's thrilling nine inning affair at Horizon high school. No team had anything to play for as the Boulder Collegians had already secured themselves as the the season champions of the league. But both teams were there for the same reason, to play baseball. The game went completely back-and-forth. After the Roughnecks took an early 1-0 lead in the second, the Lumberjacks responded by scoring five [...]
The Boulder 14ers joined the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League for the first time this season after several years in the Rocky Mountain Baseball League. While it was the other Boulder team that ultimately clinched the league title, the 14ers made themselves known as a force in the league, something they will look to continue to do in the future. The 14ers won their last five games to finish in second place in the MHCBL standings with a record of 16-7. Among these last five games won were a pair of doubleheader sweeps to close out the season. In their home [...]
By Ben Rossi Amongst the excitement surrounding the game of baseball colliding with the State of Colorado throughout the week, the Spradley Collegians and Colorado Lumberjacks put up a pair exhilarating seven-inning showcases for their families, the Pueblo community, and several high schoolers who were down in Pueblo for the upcoming Tony Andenucio Memorial Tournament. Each team's victory was a comeback in the seventh and final at-bats. These were bound to be good matchups as each team came into the games at a crowded fourth and fifth place in the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League standings. In Game 1 the Lumberjacks [...]
By Ben Rossi Just one night after Denver Colorado was the center of the baseball universe, hosting the annual midsummer classic, the community of Pueblo Colorado gathered for an eventful night of baseball. Pueblo, a town located hours south of Denver, hosted their seventh annual $1 beer night. This event drew a large crowd to Hobbs Field at the legendary Runyon Sports Complex. The field was officially established in 1938. It has since hosted a minor league baseball team and been a pit stop in barnstorming tours for several Major League Baseball legends including Babe Ruth. It played host to the Pueblo [...]
The Boulder 14ers and Colorado Lumberjacks were both looking to rebound after recent doubleheader sweeps. This would be a crucial game between the second and third place teams in the league as starting pitchers Terry Straber and Conner Cuminsky went head-to-head. The teams were scoreless through the first four innings with each pitcher striking out seven in that frame. Straber had a no hitter going through four but like Cuminksy, he lacked run support early . The 14ers finally broke through after leaving runners on base in the previous innings. With one out in the top of the fifth, Jake Miller [...]
Two teams, on one field, had one shared destiny; being the top team by the end of the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League season to punch their ticket to the NBC World Series in Wichita. On Friday night however, there was more at stake for these two teams. They were battling it out at Scott Carpenter field, their shared home turf for the season. With a busy week of baseball ahead in Colorado, each team was determined to prove themselves as the superior Boulder team in the season series. Going into the doubleheader the 14ers had won the previous game played [...]
By Ben Rossi It's always refreshing to see low scoring baseball every once in awhile especially when it's played in a region like the rocky mountains. Both games of Thursday's doubleheader between the Colorado Cannons and Colorado Lumberjacks presented this. It became evident through the first four innings that Game 1 was a pitching duel between Jake McGrath and Caden Nelson. Neither allowed a run through the first three frames of work. Each pitcher escaped jams in the early innings without surrendering any runs. Nelson got hitters whiffing at his high offspeed stuff while Mcgrath was able to depend on his [...]
By Ben Rossi Wednesday afternoon gave a small taste of what should be an entertaining season series between the Colorado Lumberjacks and Spradley Collegians, one that will conclude next Wednesday night in Pueblo. Wednesday night's game will mark a special event for the league as it will be dollar beer night in Pueblo, an event expected to draw a good chunk of the community out there. Going into the game, these two teams sat neck-and-neck at third and fourth place in the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League's standings. While the Colorado Lumberjacks lit up the scoreboard with 16 runs on the [...]