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Saturday's roundup: Williams' two homers helps Liberty secure second in 5A Metro League
Highlights from Saturday's high school action involving teams from the Pikes Peak region:
Liberty 8, Rampart 4
At Rampart: Brent Williams hit two home runs as Liberty secured second place in the 5A Metro League with a win over Rampart.
The Lancers improved to 11-4 in league play (13-6 overall), while Rampart slipped to third at 10-5 (13-6 overall).
Williams leads 5A in home runs this season with 11. He is tied with Thomas Jefferson's Evan Walter for the state lead in all classifications.
Tim Elsberry got the win for Liberty after throwing 4 2/3 innings. Avery Vasquez pitched 1 1/3 inning of scoreless relief, striking out three.
Williams drove in five of Liberty's eight runs. Matt Turner went 2-for-3 with a double and scored two runs.
Rampart's Colton Hajek and Steven Widner each went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Pine Creek 6, Fountain-Fort Carson 1
At Fountain-Fort Carson: Pine Creek completed its 5A Metro League season with a perfect 15-0 record (17-2 overall) with a 6-1 victory over Fountain-Fort Carson.
"It's a big accomplishment," Pine Creek coach Glenn Millhauser said about the unbeaten league record. "In our opinion, this is a very good league. This area has been showing very well against those big Denver schools the past few seasons."
The Eagles haven’t lost since March 28 and have now won 16 straight.
Ryan Warner pitched a two-hitter, striking out 16 and walking just two. He has struck out 67 batters in 37 innings pitched this season. He was also the Eagles’ main offensive force with a two-run home run in the seventh and three RBIs in the game.
Warner went all seven innings. Most of Warner's games have been shortened to five innings because of the run rule.
"He's got good stuff," Millhauser said. "We wanted to extend him a little with the playoffs coming up."
Fountain-Fort Carson got a good pitching effort by Josh Frausto, who allowed four runs on five hits in six innings, striking out six. The Trojans' season ended with a 6-13 record overall and 5-10 in league play.
Doherty 10, Palmer 4
At Doherty: A six-run second inning put Doherty (4-15) ahead for good in its win over Palmer (5-14).
Derek Stimpson led the Spartans, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Cory Kachel added two RBIs for Doherty.
Stimpson also pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits and striking out 11.
Discovery Canyon 20, Falcon 4
At Discovery Canyon: Andy Stauffer had five RBIs, while Tony Frost and Isaac Holt each added four as Discovery Canyon (11-7) blew out Falcon (14-5) in the CSML 4A Crossover Tournament third-place game.
Junior left-hander Jeff Kooser allowed one run on six hits in four innings pitched, striking out four, to earn the win.
Frost was 4-for-4, while Holt and Stauffer were 3-for-4. Aaron Frank and Jake Hluska each went 2-for-4.
Lewis-Palmer 10, Coronado 4
At Coronado: Derek Spearman went 3-for-3 with a double and a home run but it wasn’t enough to prevent Coronado (13-6) from losing to Lewis-Palmer (7-12) in the fifth-place game of the CSML 4A Crossover Tournament.
No stats were available for Lewis-Palmer.
Widefield 10, Palmer Ridge 7
At Widefield: A five-run fifth inning helped propel Widefield (8-11) to a victory over Palmer Ridge (9-10) in the seventh-place game of the CSML 4A Crossover Tournament.
The Gladiators had been trailing 7-4 going into the inning.
Nick Leonard went 2-for-4 with three RBIs for Widefield. Also with two hits were Christian Volcic, Isaac Goscha and Sean Johnson. Anyelo Roldan added two RBIs.
Sean Johnson earned the win, going 6 2/3 innings.
Sand Creek 5, Mesa Ridge 4
At Sand Creek: Sand Creek got the final word, scoring a walk-off run in the seventh to beat Mesa Ridge in the ninth-place game of the CSML 4A Crossover Tournament.
The game was tied four times with Mesa Ridge taking a one-run lead in the fifth and sixth innings. Each time, Sand Creek answered to again tie the score. When Mesa Ridge failed to scored in the top of the seventh, Sand Creek took advantage and the win.
Riley Nelson, Josh Ebbens and Jeremy Stidham each had two hits for Sand Creek. Jake Kopycinski pitched three innings of relief for the win.
Florence 6, Lamar 0
At Florence: Ryan Hobgood threw a three hitter as Florence (11-8) won the Tri-Peaks League championship with a shutout victory over Lamar.
The senior went the distance, striking out nine and walking just one.
“Hobgood’s been our guy all year and he threw a masterful game,” Florence coach Shane Reeves said. “(Lamar is) a team that averaged nine runs a game and he shut them down.”
Riley Fall had two RBIs for the Huskies.
The Classical Academy 8, La Junta 6
At TCA: TCA (14-4) overcame a 4-0 deficit to defeat La Junta (12-7) in the Tri-Peaks League’s third-place game.
After La Junta scored four times in the first two frames, TCA’s Michael Gordon cut the lead in half with a two-run homer in the bottom of the second. The score was 5-3 when TCA got hits by McKinnon Walker, Peter Troupe, Adam Warren and Luke Brown during a five-run sixth inning.
Lucas Gordon earned the win with two innings of solid relief.
St. Mary’s 14, Manitou Springs 4
At Manitou Springs: Ty Smith drove in three runs and pitched five solid innings to lead St. Mary’s (11-7) past Manitou Springs (7-12) in the Tri-Peaks League Tournament.
Smith went five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and striking out five. At the plate he went 2 for 4, including a two-run homer.
Aidan Tiernan went 2 for 3 with three RBIs for the Pirates, while Nate Germano went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Mark Autry went 3 for 4 with two RBIs.
Woodland Park 17, Vista Ridge 7
At Vista Ridge: Riley Billings drove in four runs as Woodland Park (8-11) defeated Vista Ridge (5-14) in the 11th-place game of the CSML 4A Crossover Tournament.
Billings, who had a double and a triple, was one of three Panthers with three hits. Joining him were Zach Allen and Colter Streck. Allen, Streck and Logan Watters each had two RBIs.
At Lewis-Palmer: Monument schools Palmer Ridge and Lewis-Palmer duked it out, with Palmer Ridge scoring a narrow 178-142 advantage in the 11-team meet.
Palmer Ridge took wins in the 400-meter relay and the 3,200 relay. The Bears also notched wins by Alison Deitsch in the 800, Libby Acker in the pole vault and Michelle DeCoud in the shot put.
Lewis-Palmer had more first-place finishes but couldn’t match Palmer Ridge’s depth. The Rangers took first in the 800, the 1,600 and the medley relays. They also got winning performances by Nicole Montgomery in the 100, Rylee Newman in the 400, Kathryn Kimball in the 300 hurdles and Kami Ahart in the long jump.
Limon took third with 72 points behind Keturah Tatum’s 35 foot, 7 inch performance in the triple jump, which was three feet better that the next best.
Burlington took fourth with 72 points and Colorado Springs Christian was fifth with 68.
At Doherty: Vanguard took first place in the 800-meter sprint medley relay with a time of 1:49.96, which was just 0.50 seconds short of the all-time Class 2A record. It was the fastest time posted by a 2A school this season by 2.26 seconds.
Vanguard beat both The Classical Academy and Fountain-Fort Carson in the race. TCA owns the best time in Class 3A this season while FFC owns the 5A mark. Running for Vanguard were Mikayla Tolley, Corrine Huthoefer, Jessy Sweet, and Rachel Hough.
Holy Family Tiger Tornado Invitational
At Holy Family: Elena Slavoski won the 1,600-meter run to lead St. Mary’s, which was the only area team at the meet.
Slavoski’s time of 5:31.60 was 8.43 seconds ahead of Holy Family’s Lindsey Chavez, the second-place finisher. Slavoski also took third in the 800 to account for 16 of the Pirates’ 19 points.
At Lewis-Palmer: Burlington’s Coley David won four events, but it was Lewis-Palmer that took the team title.
David took first in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, just edging Colorado Springs Christian’s Sam Marsh in the 200 and 400. David also took the triple jump with leap of 44 feet, 0.25 inches – the best mark in Colorado Class 2A this season.
Seth Polich secured wins for Lewis-Palmer in both the 1,600 and the 3,200, nipping Colorado Springs Christian’s Seth Topper at the wire in the 1,600. Lewis-Palmer also got a first-place finish from Christopher Ecklund in the pole vault.
Palmer Ridge took second in the team competition on the strength of its relays. The Bears took first in the 400, the 1,600 and the 3,200.
Hurdler Jamie Taves led Colorado Springs Christian to third place with wins in both the 110 and the 300.
Holy Family Tiger Tornado Invitational
Daniel Peterson and Casey Smith tied for fourth place in the shot put to lead St. Mary’s. The duo posted a distance of 40 feet, 7 inches. Smith also took fifth in the discus.