Two teams trying to right the ship met Friday afternoon at the Division I-A state baseball tournament at the College of Southern Nevada.
Elko was looking for a better showing than Thursday’s 11-run loss to Friday’s opponent, Boulder City.
Boulder City wanted to regain its swagger, after an eight-inning, one-run loss to Faith Lutheran.
The difference was simple — the pitching of Boulder City’s Peyton Koopman.
Koopman stopped Elko on just three hits, ending the Indians’ season with a 6-1 win in the losers’ bracket.
Elko managed just five base runners and didn’t get on the board until two outs in the seventh inning on a Zack Armstrong solo home run.
“We just couldn’t get that hit to get our offense going today,” Elko coach Shane Gilligan said. “We can play better than what we showed in this tournament, especially on offense. But by no means does this take away from the wonderful season we’ve had.”
Elko finished the season at 29-5.
Boulder City (24-10) will face Faith Lutheran for the fifth time in the past nine days for the state championship at 9 a.m. today.
After a tough loss earlier Friday, it took a bit for the Eagles to get going. Boulder City did give Koopman some breathing room with a four-run third inning.
Colton Bosnos had a RBI groundout, Tanner Howell had a two-run single and D.J. Koopman added a run-scoring double.
The Eagles tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth, keyed by an Elko throwing error.
The rest of game belonged to Koopman, who used a pair of off-speed pitches to keep the Indians off balance. Koopman struck out three and walked just one in his complete-game victory.
“We still have a lot to be proud of,” Gilligan said. “This is a great senior class, and they have started a solid foundation in our community. Again, we just couldn’t get the big hit, and that’s what really hurts.”
Cody Kearns and Armstrong had the other hits for the Indians.