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Thursday's roundup: Wasson softball overcomes seven-run deficit
Rampart 9, Vista Ridge 7
At Rampart: Rampart overcame a seven-run deficit to defeat Vista Ridge (4-8).
“My muscles haven’t relaxed yet,” said Rampart coach Becki Pepper, whose team improved to 10-1.
Vista Ridge scored in each of the first five innings to take a 7-0 lead.
“I think every run they scored was with two outs,” Pepper said.
Pepper noted that her team played five games in Fort Collins over the weekend and then had its Tuesday evening game last until after 11 p.m.
“I think my girls were exhausted; we came out quiet and didn’t hit right away,” she said. “The fifth inning came and we went crazy and started hitting. They fought back and that’s good.”
Rampart scored four in the bottom of the fifth and five in the sixth.
Alyssa McDowell led the Rams with three RBIs. Matison Slider and Jenna Malone each added two.
Palmer Ridge 4, Elizabeth 0
At Palmer Ridge: Taylor Klee drove in three runs and Katie Smith threw a five-hit shutout as Palmer Ridge improved to 8-2 with a win over Elizabeth (5-6).
Klee went 2 for 3 with a home run for the Bears. Smith also had two hits and McKenzie Brummond had the other RBI.
Smith struck out three in becoming the first pitcher this season to shut out Elizabeth. The previous fewest runs scored by the Cardinals were two against Florence on Aug. 31.
Widefield 23, Wasson 0
At Wasson: Megan Shanks went 3 for 4 with two triples and five RBIs as Widefield (4-3, 2-0 4A Metro League) blasted Wasson (0-1, 0-1) in a game that was stopped after three innings.
The Gladiators had seven doubles and four triples among their 13 hits. They also drew 10 walks and had five batters reach by way of an error.
Jessica Wilson went 2 for 2 with four RBIs, while Kyra Holdcraft had three RBIs.
Widefield pitcher Makenna Johnson allowed just one hit and struck out six to earn the win.
Pueblo West 11, Falcon 8
At Falcon: Pueblo West (4-6) rallied for five runs in the seventh inning to notch a victory over Falcon (4-3).
Cora Buechner went 2 for 3 with two walks for Falcon.
Liberty 42, Woodland Park 14
At Liberty: Dylan Flynn opened the game with a kickoff return for a touchdown as Liberty (2-0) raced to a 42-0 lead through three quarters in a win over Woodland Park (1-1).
Flynn also caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Shane Walker in the third quarter and finished with five catches for 91 yards and two carries for 55 yards. Zach Hill caught a 29-yard touchdown pass and took a blocked punt into the end zone.
Joe Callahan had 148 yards on three catches iincluding an 82-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for Woodland park.
St. Mary’s 3, Trinidad 0
At Trinidad: Sarah Tentschert had 10 kills and eight digs and Hannah Stockelman added eight kills and eight digs as St. Mary’s beat Trinidad 25-8, 25-10, 25-10.
The Pirates improved to 3-0 and have dropped only one set so far this season.
“We had a lot of kids play with ease and control,” St. Mary’s coach Melissa Sweeney said. “We had a very smooth game for lack of a better word.”
Stockelman had five aces and Emily Whitelaw two as the Pirates continued to dominate with the service game. St. Mary’s has 23 aces in three matches.
Widefield 3, Sand Creek 2
At Sand Creek: Katie Davis had 14 kills to lead Widefield (2-0) to a 25-27, 25-17, 26-24, 16-25, 15-9 victory over Sand Creek (0-2).
Sabina Reed added 11 kills and Jessie Luedeke had nine. Angie Smith had five of Widefield’s nine blocks.
Air Academy 3, Wasson 0
At Wasson: Jordan Pingle had 13 kills with just a single hitting error to lead Air Academy (5-1) to a 25-6, 25-5, 25-10 victory over Wasson (0-2).
Chelsea Payne added nine kills without an error for Air Academy, which hit a remarkable .537.
Mercedes Parnell led Wasson with 21 digs and two kills.
Mesa Ridge 3, Palmer 0
At Palmer: Grace Neal had 13 kills as Mesa Ridge notched its second straight-sets win in as many matches with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-22 victory over Palmer (2-2).
“I think both teams played pretty well,” Mesa Ridge coach Francis Calar said. “It went back and forth.”
Breanna Moorhouse had 17 of Mesa Ridge’s 63 digs. By contrast, Palmer had just 26 digs.
“I think the key tonight was that we had pretty strong defense and that transitioned into the offense,” Calar said.
Maren Plutt led Palmer with nine kills.
Coronado 3, Liberty 1
At Liberty: Serina Nickle and Erica Lambert combined for 27 kills to lead Coronado (1-1) past Liberty.
Nickle had 16 kills and two aces, while Lambert had 11 kills.
After taking the first two sets 25-21 and 28-26, Coronado was handed a 25-15 third-set loss.
"Our passing was not where we wanted it to be and in the third set it wasn't there at all," Coronado coach Don Lash said. "We have to pass well to play well."
The Cougars did that in the fourth set, rallying to win 25-18.
"In the fourth set, we got it together," Lash said. "Liberty played really well. That probably contributed to some of our problems."
Falcon 3, Sierra 0
At Sierra: Holly Hinson had seven service aces to lead Falcon (2-0) to a 25-16, 25-19, 25-11 victory over Sierra.
Andrea Orth led Falcon with six kills and Mellisa Hoover had nine digs. Sierra was led by Tracy Marks with five kills. Taleeza Earls had eight digs.
Cheyenne Mountain 3, Grandview 0
At Cheyenne Mountain: Maddie Beal had 11 kills and four assisted blocks to lead Cheyenne Mountain to a straight-sets win over Grandview (0-2), all by 25-21 scores.
Lauren Iverson added nine kills for the Indians, who improved to 3-2.
Doherty 3, Chatfield 0
At Chatfield: Behind 13 kills by Haleigh Washington, Doherty beat Chatfield 25-9, 25-21, 25-22 for the Spartans’ second straight-sets win in as many matches.
Kiara McKibben and Gabby Simpson added eight and seven kills, respectively ,for Doherty. Simpson also had a team-best 11 digs and 20 assists.
Manitou Springs 3, Fountain Valley 0
At Fountain Valley: Katie McKiel had 10 kills to lead Manitou Springs to a 26-12, 25-10, 25-16 victory over Fountain Valley.
Nicole Mack added nine kills for Manitou Springs. Setter Meghan McGee had 25 assists and four service aces.
Front Range Christian 3, Evangelical Christian 0
At Front Range Christian: Front Range Christian (1-2) had 18 service aces to record a 25-22, 25-8, 25-11 win over ECA (1-1).
Dawn Fulkerson and Kathryn Klima each had five aces for the Falcons.
Palmer Ridge 2, Rocky Mountain 1 (OT)
At Rocky Mountain: Gustav Siefert’s goal 2 minutes into overtime lifted Palmer Ridge (2-0-1) to a win over Rocky Mountain (0-2).
Luke Sinkola scored in the ninth minute to give Palmer Ridge the lead. Rocky Mountain knotted the match in the 55th minute.
Jimmy Kochanski made six saves for Palmer Ridge.
The Classical Academy 3, Kent Denver 0
At TCA: Micah Mesward recorded his fourth shutout in as many matches as TCA blanked Kent Denver (2-1).
Mesward recorded six saves to give him 22 this season. TCA has outscored its four opponents by a combined score of 19-0.
Robby Jacobs scored twice for the Titans and added an assist. Evan Young had a goal and two assists. Jacobs now has eight goals this season and Young has six.
Fountain Valley 2, Fountain-Fort Carson 1
At Fountain Valley: Ben Strine scored twice as Fountain Valley (1-1) notched a win over Fountain-Fort Carson (0-2) in the first day of the Fountain Valley Tournament.
Both teams will play Denver Science & Tech Stapleton on Saturday.
Manolo Jimenez recorded an assist Friday for Fountain Valley. Matt Gilbert made four saves to earn the win in goal.
Widefield 6, Mesa Ridge 3
Tyler White and Jacob Vitalick each scored twice to lead Widefield (1-1) over Mesa Ridge (0-1) during the first day at the Fountain Valley Tournament.
Sean Creamer and Brandon Toves also scored goals for Widefield. White added two assists, while Toves and Kevin Pease each had one.
Both teams will play Lamar on Saturday. The tournament will conclude Sunday.
Canon City 4, Coronado 3
At Canon City: Canon City (1-1-1) rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Coronado (0-2).
The Tigers trailed 3-2 at the intermission but rallied for a pair of second-half goals.
Landon Schluter, Devin Freda, Ryan Ford and Michael Mann all scored goals for canon City. Ford also had two assists and Justin cano had one.
Tigers goalkeeper Jack Roberts had 12 saves.
Cheyenne Mountain 3, Pueblo Centennial 2
At Pueblo Centennial: Tyler Burns scored twice to lead Cheyenne Mountain (2-0) to a narrow victory over Pueblo Centennial (2-1).
David McDermed scored a goal and assisted on both of Burns’ scores. Doug Quirk also recorded an assist.
Erich Frey made eight saves to record the win in goal for the Indians.
James Irwin 8, Colorado Springs School 0
At James Irwin: Capagna Brennan got the hat trick as James Irwin scored four times in each half to easily outdistance Colorado Springs School in the season opener for both teams.
Jordan Abbott, Jordan Becker, Jason Cano Miramontes, Mario Rascon and Josh Verberg each scored once for the Jaguars.
Vista Ridge 4, Woodland Park 1
Josh Cushman had the hat trick to lead Vista Ridge (1-3) to a win over Woodland Park (0-3).
Paul Kordick scored Vista Ridge’s other goal. Jonathan Koch, Alex Cooper, Steven Shepherd and Silas Hendrich each had an assist.
Manitou Springs 11, Dolores Huerta 1
At Manitou Springs: Manitou Springs improved to 1-3 with a blowout victory over Dolores Huerta (1-1).
Lewis-Palmer 4, Rampart 3
At Rampart: Lewis-Palmer’s wins in two of the three singles matches proved to be the difference as the Rangers (1-0) edged Rampart (2-1).
Lewis-Palmer’s Jared Stuart scored a 6-0, 6-4 win over Andrew Bragado at No. 1 singles and Jon Forte beat Rampart’s Josh Klein 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. Rampart’s David Lennen took his No. 3 singles match from Thomas Gregory 6-2, 6-2.
The teams split their four doubles matches, with three of those going to a third set.
Coronado 7, Fountain Valley 0
At Coronado: Coronado swept its way to its first win of the season, winning not only all seven matches but also winning each in straight sets.
The closest match of the day came at No. 3 singles, where Coronado’s James Hertz beat Joe Nunez 6-1, 6-3. Ethan Follon and Zach Tomek won their respective singles matches by identical 6-1, 6-0 scores.
Joshua Dorado and Dimas Gutierrez took a perfect 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles.