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Varsity Extra: Defending champion Capital advances to 5A state baseball semifinals

Capital topped Lake City 4-0 in the first round of the 5A state high school baseball tournament Thursday, drawing one step closer to defending its state championship.

Capital shortstop Conner Poulson cranked a three-run home run in the third inning, jumping on a hanging, 2-0 curveball and firing it on a line over the left-field fence for his first home run of the season.

"(Nolan Jekich) said he went up 2-0 and got a curveball," Poulson said. "That was kind of in the back of my mind. I was kind of thinking I could possibly see a curveball here. I saw it, and I just put a good swing on it and good things happened. "

Senior left-hander Colbi Paul tossed a six-hit shutout, striking out five for the win. He pitched the Eagles to a win in last year's state title game.

Capital (15-12) takes on Timberline (24-4) in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium.

Check back later for more updates from the 5A state baseball tournament.