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Saturday roundup: Falcon edges Palmer Ridge in seventh inning
Highlights from Saturday's high school sports action involving teams from the Pikes Peak region:
Falcon 4, Palmer Ridge 3
At Falcon: Wyatt Aaberg scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh inning as Falcon (13-3, 5-2 4A Metro league) recorded a comeback victory over Palmer Ridge (9-7, 5-2).
Despite a solid pitching performance by Aaberg, Falcon found itself trailing 3-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.
“We made a ton of mistakes early in the ballgame,” Falcon coach Sean Sloan said. “Wyatt Aaberg was pitching at great game, keeping them off balance.”
Matt Ninemire drilled a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth to cut the gap to one. He then scored on an error to tie the game.
After Falcon reliever Timmy Thomas held the Bears scoreless in the top of the seventh, Aaberg led off the bottom half of the inning with a sharp single up the middle. Timmy Thomas laid down a sacrifice bunt to move him to second. A pair of passed balls allowed him to first move to third and then score.
Aaberg pitched five innings of two-hit ball, striking out eight and walking five. Both runs scored against him were unearned. Thomas earned the win with two inning of relief.
“I was really happy with how our guys hung in the game despite us not playing all than well,” Sloan said.
Pine Creek 19, Doherty 0
At Pine Creek: Ryan Warner struck out 15 batters in just five innings in recording a one-hit shutout over Doherty.
At 12-0 in the 5A Metro league (14-2 overall), Pine Creek clinched the league title.
Warner (5-1) has now struck out 51 batters in 30 innings pitched this season.
Brandon Hesselberg and Reagan Biechler each had four RBIs for the Eagles. Dane Hutcheon, Spencer Bedwell, Grant Kraus and Christian Hinson each drove in two runs.
Brandon Farrell got the only hit for Doherty (3-13, 2-10).
Mitchell 6, Harrison 5
At Mitchell: A four-run first inning and timely relief pitching allowed Mitchell to get its first 4A Metro league win. The marauders are now 1-6 in league play and 2-14 overall.
Harrison (0-16, 0-7) had already scored once in the sixth inning to close to within one when Brett Shartzer relieved Nick Sypert. Shartzer got the Marauders out of the sixth before retiring the side in order in the seventh to earn his first save of the season.
Only one of the five runs allowed by Sypert was earned.
Coronado 10, Vista Ridge 4
At Coronado: Drew MacMillan struck out 13 and Mason Telander had a big offensive day to lead Coronado (12-4, 5-2 4A Metro League) past Vista Ridge (4-12, 3-4).
MacMillan allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Telander went 4 for 4 with three RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases for the Cougars. Andrew Trujillo and David Feuerbach each added two RBIs.
Discovery Canyon 12, Lewis-Palmer 6
At Lewis-Palmer: Behind three RBIs by Isaac Holt, Discovery Canyon wrapped up second place in the 4A Metro league’s Mountain Division with a win over Lewis-Palmer.
Both schools finished the regular season with 5-2 league marks, but Discovery Canyon is second on the strength of head-to-head play. Discovery canyon is 9-6 overall and Lewis-Palmer is 5-11.
Michael Baker and Aaron Frank each added a pair of RBIs for the Thunder.
Jake Hluska stuck out 13 Lewis-Palmer batters in the complete-game victory. Four of the six runs scored against him were earned.
Cheyenne Mountain 11, Mesa Ridge 3
At Mesa Ridge: Gage O’Neil drove in four runs on two hits, including a triple, as Cheyenne Mountain (12-3, 7-0 4A Metro – Mountain) defeated Mesa Ridge (5-11, 1-6).
Jack Stimple allowed two runs on a pair of hits and two walks to improve to 6-1 on the season. Michael Levar threw two innings of scoreless relief.
Liberty 8, Fountain-Fort Carson 3
At Fountain Fort-Carson: Brent Williams hit two home runs and drove in five to lead Liberty (11-5, 9-3 5A Metro League) past Fountain-Fort Carson (6-10, 5-7).
Williams, who has signed to play collegiately at Oklahoma State, now has eight home runs and a robust 1.067 slugging percentage this season.
St. Mary’s 11, Dolores Huerta 0
St. Mary’s 17, Dolores Huerta 0
At St. Mary’s: Charlie Coghlin belted his sixth home run of the season as St. Mary’s (10-6, 6-4 3A Tri-Peaks East) swept Dolores Huerta (2-13, 1-9).
Coghlin hit his homer in the first game, which was halted after six innings. The second game went just three innings. All nine St. Mary’s starters got a hit in each game.
Ty Smith earned the win in the opener while Mark Autry won the second.
Air Academy 16, Sierra 1
At Sierra: A 10-run first inning helped Air Academy (13-2, 7-0 4A Metro Plains) blow out Sierra (5-10, 2-5).
The Kadets added two runs in the second inning and three in the third. The game was halted after four innings.
Austin Cole and Kevin Kimbrow each drove in three runs for Air Academy. Curtis Butler went 2-for-2, including a double, with two walks and scored three times.
Kevin Giordano stuck out five in his three innings of work to earn the win. Billy Shatraw struck out the side in his one inning of relief.
Daniel Legida had two of Sierra’s three hits.
Florence 11, The Classical Academy 3
The Classical Academy 12, Florence 0
At Florence: Lucas Gordon pitched 6 2/3 innings of scoreless relief as TCA (13-4, 7-3 3A Tri-Peaks – West) won the second game of the doubleheader to salvage a split against Florence (10-8, 7-3).
Kellen McDonald started the game but was struck with a batted ball in the first inning. Gordon finished by allowing just one hit and striking out 10.
Adam Warren went 2 for 4 with three RBIs in the game.
Warren also hit a homer in the opener, but seven walks and three hit batters by the TCA pitching staff was too much to overcome.
Rampart 19, Palmer 10
At Rampart: Rampart (11-5, 8-4 5A Metro league) scored 18 runs in the first three innings and cruised to a win over Palmer (4-12, 0-12).
The Rams put up seven runs in the first inning, five in the second and six in the third.
Lamar 11, Ellicott 1
Lamar 24, Ellicott 0
At Ellicott: Lamar improved to 14-3, 8-2 Tri-Peaks – East with a doubleheader sweep of Ellicott (5-13, 1-9).
Byers 12, Evangelical Christian Academy 0
At ECA: Jonathan Roesch threw a three-hit shutout to lead Byers (9-4) past ECA (7-10).
Roesch struck out nine and walked none in six innings.
Jared Martin, Cody Weller, Raul Hurtado and Carl Cook each had two RBIs for Byers.
Pine Creek 3, Denver East 2
At Denver East: Jennifer Kahle scored 43 seconds into the second overtime as Pine Creek (7-3-2) notched a thrilling win over Denver East (8-5).
Denver east took a 2-1 lead with just over 11 minutes as Brandy Luna knocked in a perfect crossing pass.
With time short, Pine Creek pushed extra players forward. The tactic paid off in the 71st minute when Annie Wooldridge was fouled hard by Denver East goalkeeper Francesca Sally. The referees had already warned Sally about rough play and showed her a red card in addition to awarding the penalty kick.
Wooldridge knocked it in for her team-best eighth goal of the season.
“They never got a shot after that,” Pine Creek coach John Frederick said. “We controlled the rest of the match.”
The teams finished regulation and the first overtime still tied at two. Less than a minute into the second overtime, the Eagles got a corner kick. Frederick sent Kahle, a defender, into the play.
“She’s really good on balls in the air so we brought her up on the corner kick,” Frederick said.
Kahle headed in the corner kick for her first goal.
Liberty 2, Legend 1
At Liberty: Liberty improved to 5-7-2 with a nonconference victory over Legend (7-7) on a windy day.
“The wind was definitely a factor,” Liberty coach Andy Liddle said. “We had the wind in the first half and were fortunate to put two goals away.”
Katie Perroni opened the scoring for the Lancers 20 minutes into the match with Jordan Thinger and Kaylie Dixon getting assists. Jordyn Massey made it 2-0 a9 minutes later as Gillian Adler and Taylor Lobdell assisted.
Legend’s Brianna Elliott cut the lead in half in the 51st minute, but Liberty held on.
“They have a quality program up there, it looks like they might go to the playoffs,” Liddle said. “It was a good nonleague win for us.”
Also encouraging for the Lancers is that they got the win despite being shorthanded.
“We were missing three starters due to injuries,” Liddle said. “It was nice to see five JV girls step up and be able to hold their own.”
Colorado Springs Christian 4, Trinidad 0
At CSCS: Kylie Nielson scored twice as CSCS got its second win of the season by blanking Trinidad (5-6-1).
Kelsey Eiles opened the scoring for the Lions and Nielson followed to give them a 2-0 lead at the half. Emily Keller and Nielson scored goals in the second period.
Both CSCS wins this season have been by way of shutout, with Hannah Mauro recording both. CSCS improved to 2-8-2.
El Paso County Small School Championship
At St. Mary’s: Corrine Huthoefer and Rachel Hough each accounted for 18 points individually as Vanguard scored 121 points to take the girls’ title.
Huthoefer won the 100-meter hurdles and took second in the 300 hurdles. Hough, meanwhile, won the 800-meter run and took second in the 100.
Vanguard’s relay teams also did well, winning both the 400 and 800.
CSCS took second place and The Classical Academy took third.
Liberty Bell Invitational
At Heritage: Alleandra Watt won the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.61 seconds to help Pine Creek take third place in the prestigious meet, which featured many of Colorado’s best track programs.
Cherry Creek and Fort Collins took first and second respectively.
El Paso County Small School Championship
At St. Mary’s: Jamie Taves and Sam Marsh each won two events to help Colorado Springs Christian take the boys’ team title.
Taves took first in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles while Marsh took to 200- and 400-meter dashes. Seth Topper also got a win for CSCS in the 1,600.
Simla’s Dustin Jenkins won both the long jump and the triple jump.
CSCS had 117 points, followed by Manitou Springs (74) and The Classical Academy (68).
Liberty Bell Invitational
At Heritage: Simon Hayes won the high jump and the long jump to account for 20 of Pine Creek’s 33.5 points, which was good enough to earn the Eagles third place.
Hayes cleared 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump and went 22 feet in the long jump.
Fort Collins won the event with 77.5 points, while ThunderRidge was second with 36.3 points.
St. Mary’s 9, Evergreen 7
At St. Mary’s: Sean Scally score five goals and Sean McGunigal had four assists to lift St. Mary’s (7-6) to a nonleague win over Evergreen (11-3).
Alex Greenly added two goals for St. Mary’s. Kevin McGunigal made 23 saves to earn the win.
Scally now has 41 of the Pirates’ 108 goals this season.
Braden Olson led Evergreen with three goals.
Littleton 12, Fountain Valley/CSS 2
At Fountain Valley: Ian Pelto scored both goals but Fountain Valley/CSS couldn’t keep pace with Littleton (9-6).
Matt Laimer made 14 saves in the losing effort for the Danes.
Littleton got three goals from Jack Director and two each from Matt Radi, Riley Herges and Max Segal. Greg Roberts stopped 16 of the 18 shots put on goal.
Palmer Ridge 23, Dakota Ridge 7
At Palmer Ridge: Shannon Bryant exploded for nine goals as Palmer Ridge improved to 11-3 with a nonleague win over Dakota Ridge (6-6).
Julia Gramlich had five goals, while Ashley Walker and Jennifer Koeger added three each.
Gramlich and Bryant now have 60 and52 goals on the season respectively.
Wheat Ridge 12, Pine Creek 2
At Pine Creek: Pine Creek slipped to 4-9 on the season with a nonleague loss to Wheat Ridge (5-8).
Arran Senn and Kristen Eller scored for Pine Creek. Wheat Ridge was led by Molly Kendall’s three goals.