Published: September 9, 2013
Highlights from Monday’s high school sports scene in the Pikes Peak region.
Lewis-Palmer 7, Sand Creek 0
At Sand Creek: Barb Nigon and Syd Henthorn combined to no-hit Sand Creek on the road in a battle between Pikes Peak League foes.
Nigon (5-3) struck out eight in five innings, issuing four walks, while Henthorn (1 SV) earned the two-inning save by striking out a pair and walking one.
Nigon has posted two shutouts in her last three starts, all of which she was victorious in.
Liz Gregory and Shelby Cole both posted two RBIs as Lewis-Palmer (6-6, 1-1) broke open a 2-0 ballgame with five runs in the top of the seventh.
Sand Creek’s Ariel Cowan (2-5) was charged with the loss after being tagged for seven runs (three earned) on 10 hits and one walk. The freshman struck out five in seven innings.
The Scorpions fall to 1-1 in league play and 3-9 overall.
Air Academy 7, Cheyenne Mountain 2
At Air Academy: Despite pitching in four games over the weekend, Megan Horn put forth a gritty performance on the mound to help Air Academy stifle Cheyenne Mountain in a Pikes Peak League game.
Horn held the Indians (5-4, 1-1) to two runs on six hits and a walk over seven innings to help the Kadets (6-6, 2-0) remain undefeated in league play.
“She just really battled and played well,” said coach Chris Hernez. “She pitched a phenomenal game and just grinded it out.”
Payton Romines led the way at the dish for Air Academy with a 3-for-4 performance.
Kaley Holmes and Julia Elbert each scored two runs for the Kadets.
No stats were reported for Cheyenne Mountain.
Discovery Canyon 1, Vista Ridge 0
At Vista Ridge: McKenzie Surface struck out 13 in a complete game shutout to lead Discovery Canyon to victory in a pitcher’s duel against Vista Ridge and Kellie Mrofcza.
Surface (7-4) held the Wolves to just three hits, all by sophomore Cheyenne Herrera, to help the Thunder (7-4, 2-0) remain undefeated in Pikes Peak League action.
The junior has not allowed a run in 17 consecutive innings and is holding opponents to a .233 batting average.
Molly Turner scored the game-winning run in the sixth inning for the Thunder after Discovery Canyon was held in check most of the day by Mrofcza (5-6). The junior held her Pikes Peak League opponents to the lone run on three hits and a walk. Mrofcza struck out eight in seven innings to raise her strikeout-to-walk ratio to 86:12 and lower her ERA to a stellar 1.13.
However, Vista Ridge struggled to give their ace any help at the plate and the Wolves have now lost have five games by two runs or less.
Turner has scored at least one run in nine consecutive games.
Palmer Ridge 6, Falcon 5 (8 innings)
At Palmer Ridge: The Bears won in walk-off fashion in the eighth inning after scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to stay alive in a Pikes Peak League game against Falcon that featured 14 combined errors.
Palmer Ridge (9-3, 1-1) had five different players register an RBI, including Jennifer Slaughter who went 3 for 5 with a team-high three runs.
Madysen Kearns (7-2) was credited with the victory by pitching the full eight innings and holding the Falcons to five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks. The junior finished with six strikeouts.
Laci Lashley had a team-high two hits for Falcon (4-8, 0-2).
The sophomore suffered the loss on the mound after surrendering six runs (three earned) on eight hits and four walks in 7 1/3 innings. Lashley (2-3) fanned seven.
Cheyenne Mountain 5, Valor Christian 2
At Valor Christian: So far so good for Will Geisz and his transition from doubles to singles tennis.
The Cheyenne Mountain senior made the jump to singles this season and improved to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Drake Bailey.
“He played No. 4 doubles last year and to go to No. 3 singles is a pretty big jump,” said coach Dave Adams. “He seems to be starting to feel his way a little bit. I have been impressed to see the progress he is making.”
Valor Christian won the other two singles matches courtesy of Jimmy Amundson and Erik Ratkelis.
Cheyenne Mountain won all four doubles matches with the help of Colt Sessions, Aidan Connaughton, John Choe, Nick Teo, Ryan Ruppert, Will Moody, Connor Adams and Jack Clancy.
Falcon def. Woodland Park 25-15, 25-23, 25-16
At Woodland Park: Falcon swept Woodland Park in three sets to earn its second win of 2013.
Andrea Orth led the way for the Falcons (2-1) with 12 kills and six digs.
Carli Vahsholtz had seven kills and four digs in defeat for the Panthers (1-5).
TCA (247) wins Tri-Peaks Tournament
At Colorado Springs Country Club: TCA won the Tri-Peaks Tournament via tiebreaker (the fourth player’s score) over Trinidad after each team shot a combined 247.
The top-five was rounded out by Manitou Springs (243), CSCS (256) and Fountain Valley (258).
TCA’s Noah Shin was the top-finishing individual after shooting a 78 and winning a tiebreaker as well.