KOAA Athlete of the Week: Pueblo West Baseball

Posted at 8:50 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 22:50:54-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — "It will stick with us for the rest of our lives," Mason said.

There's nothing quite like your first state championship dog pile.

"I guess we went out on a pretty good note last year, that team was really special," Blackford said.

For Pueblo West baseball seniors Chandler Mason, Brodie Blackford and Dylan Gist, it's a moment they'll remember forever.

"We are all great friends, grew up with each other, just to say you won your first state title with your best friends, can't get better than that," Gist said.

After falling to Valor Christian in the 4A championship in 2018, the Cyclones would not be denied last season.

"I think losing the first state title game, made us closer and hungrier," Blackford said.

This talented group took matters into their ow hands in 2019, besting Silver Creek twice to raise the school's first baseball title.

"It meant everything to us, with us being so close," Mason said.

Ultimately, do to the COVID-19 pandemic, they didn't get a chance to repeat as seniors in 2020.

"There's so many memories, I just can't explain," Gist said. "Being able to compete together and play to win, its been a great experience."

However, in showing future Pueblo West players the right way to play, they'll always be champions.

"We're state champs in our eyes, no one has dethroned us so hopefully the guys can go out next year and win another one," Mason said.