Canyon baseball

Canyon saw Leander Rouse force a winner-take-all Game 3 Saturday at Cougar Field, but head coach Nick Kozole’s team answered the bell like Mike Tyson with a five-inning knockout to advance to the area round of the Class 5A postseason.

The Cougars (24-7) erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning during Game 3 to seal a 12-2 win in five frames and eliminate the Raiders during a best-of-three bi-district playoff series that began on Friday. Canyon won the opener 7-1, but Rouse claimed Game 2 14-9 Saturday afternoon at Cougar Field.

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