The County Line Rivals baseball team missed out on an opportunity to claim their first ever Santa Fe League regular season championship Friday afternoon by splitting a SFL regular season finale with visiting Crowley County.

The County Line Rivals baseball team missed out on an opportunity to claim their first ever Santa Fe League regular season championship Friday afternoon by splitting a SFL regular season finale with visiting Crowley County.

County Line (14-4, 7-3 SFL), opened the afternoon with a close 6-5 victory over the Chargers but fell by the same score in the second game. With the loss, County Line fell one game back of eventual Santa Fe League champions Swink, who swept Las Animas Saturday.

County Line, who had an identical league record when compared to Swink entering the final week of play, held a tiebreaker over the Lions, who were swept by the Rivals last weekend.

Answering Crowley County's three run third inning with four runs of their own in the bottom of the third, County Line fell behind after the fourth inning, the result of two runs scored by the Chargers, but answered with one run in the sixth and an eventual game winning run in the bottom of the seventh to take game one 6-5.

Caden Eastin hit 2-4 from the plate and Cole Smith, Abe Salazar, and Steven Weber each hit 1-3 with one RBI. Salazar's hit cam off a solo homerun.

Eastin pitched the first 5 1/3 innings and eventually gave way to Kenny Delamaestra, who pitched the final 1 2/3 innings.

The Rivals finished the game with six hits and four errors.

In game two, Crowley County took an early 2-1 lead headed in to the fourth inning, where County Line posted three runs to pull ahead 4-2. Scoreless through the fourth and fifth innings, Crowley County scored three runs in the sixth inning to regain the lead 5-4 and once again in the seventh to pull ahead 6-4. County Line was only able to score one run in the seventh inning, resulting in a 6-5 victory for Crowley County.

Eastin and Kenny Delamaestra each recorded three hits in four at bats, complimented by a 2-4 effort from Gabe Salazar.

Weber pitched five innings and was relieved by Kenny Delamaestra, who eventually took the loss for the Rivals.

On Tuesday, County Line hosted Fowler (6-13) in the first round of District 6 Tournament play, while Crowley County hosted Las Animas and Rocky Ford hosted Springfield. Swink earned a first round bye. Winners from Tuesday's games will play in Swink this Saturday.