The war was fought, and this time, the South won.
The South of course being the Colorado State baseball team, winning in easy fashion over Border War rival Wyoming 10-0 in both games of the doubleheader Saturday.
The two teams played at City Park following somewhat of a last-minute decision to add more games postponed at the hand of Mother Nature earlier this season.
The Rams (23-6) were heavy favorites over Division II Wyoming, and after Fridayâ€™s contest, there was little doubt in anyoneâ€™s mind as to why.
Head coach Mike Abernathy said that his team played two, overall solid games.
â€œI feel like we pitched really well, and offensively we just had a good approach at the plate,â€ Abernathy said. â€œAll in all, we just played complete, sound baseball.â€
Senior ace Bobby Moller continued his season-long dominance pitching the first game.
â€œIâ€™ve been battling a back injury all year,â€ Moller said. â€œItâ€™s starting to get better, so it was a step in the right direction. It felt pretty good to throw.â€
Moller threw shutout baseball but said he felt as if the Wyoming team played better baseball than they had anticipated.
â€œThey played a little better than we expected,â€ Moller said. â€œThey didnâ€™t make any errors, they swung the bat and pitched alright, but I just think we were the better team, for the most part.â€
CSU also had successful games offensively to go along with the outstanding pitching on Friday night.
Senior third baseman Jake Fox said he was pleased, for the most part, with the production the Ramsâ€™ lineup had against Wyoming.
â€œI feel like we could have done a little bit better,â€ Fox said. â€œWe hit well, though. Their pitching was decent, better than we expected.â€
The Ramsâ€™ confidence contributed to the teamâ€™s high-powered offense during Fridayâ€™s games. They knew they had more talent than their opponents and had no reason as to why they shouldnâ€™t put up 10 runs.
â€œWe came into the game feeling real comfortable,â€ Fox said. â€œIt was good to get everyone a chance to play. Everyone got in and contributed to the win.â€
Abernathy said he was impressed with the way his team came out with enthusiasm.
â€œI was very happy,â€ Abernathy said. â€œThe excitement level was good, I donâ€™t know whether it was the night atmosphere, but thatâ€™s the most energy I think weâ€™ve had all season long, so I was very pleased.â€
Perhaps the greatest benefit of this yearâ€™s Border War outcome is that CSU gets two extra games of live pitching and preparation for the final stretch of the season.
â€œAt this point, any game that we can get in is a bonus,â€ Abernathy said. â€œWe want to play consistently, and I think by playing more, that will come to fruition. Getting into a consistent routine will help us down the home stretch.â€
Club Sports Beat Reporter Cris Tiller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.