Published: April 26, 2014
Saturday's prep highlights in action from around the Pikes Peak region:
At Littleton: Powered by victories in the 400- and 800-meter relays and an individual triumph from Jaysean Skrine, Fountain-Fort Carson claimed the boys' team title Saturday at the Liberty Bell Invitational at Littleton Public School Stadium.
The Trojans scored 77 points on the day, 12 better than Poudre.
Skrine won the 200 in 21.65 seconds, while the 400 relay (42.29) and 800 relay (1:28.23) also came in first.
On the girls' side, Pine Creek placed fourth in the team standings in a tightly packed finish, ending up only 20 points behind event-champion Fort Collins.
Ally Watt, a two-time 5A state champion in 2012, won the 100 meters with a time of 11.95 seconds, while teammate Amelia Harvey took first in the triple jump after a leap of 36 feet, 7 ? inches.
In between, the Eagles captured event records in winning the 400 relay (46.93) and 800 relay (1:39.65.)
Air Academy's Katie Rainsberger won the 1,600 meters in 4:56.40.
Palmer Ridge 21, Cheyenne Mountain 17, 8 innings
At Cheyenne Mountain: Cole Hurford had a day to remember, going 5 for 6 with two home runs - including a grand slam - and 11 RBIs in Palmer Ridge's dramatic road extra-inning win.
A six-run seventh put Palmer Ridge (11-6, 9-3) on top after trailing 8-4 after two innings and 12-9 after six.
Jack Seaton led Cheyenne Mountain (6-10, 6-6) by going 4 for 5 with two doubles, three RBIs and four runs. The Indians forced extra innings with three runs in the seventh off Bears reliever Carter Thorne.
But Palmer Ridge added six more in the eighth, then stopped a Cheyenne Mountain after a two-run rally.
Lewis-Palmer 6, Falcon 1
At Falcon: Carson Haws drove in two runs, and Paul Tillotson fanned 13 in a complete-game victory as Lewis-Palmer won its 11th straight game and also remained undefeated in league play.
Tillotson scattered four hits, and the Lewis-Palmer (14-3, 12-0 Pikes Peak) offense gave him the lead for good with a four-run third inning.
Falcon (7-10, 5-7) did not report stats.
Pine Creek 15, Liberty 5
At Pine Creek: Matt Lasley went 3 for 3 with a double and a home run, and Jesse Woody and Tucker Klein each knocked in three runs as Pine Creek won its eighth straight and moved closer to clinching the league crown.
The Eagles (11-4, 6-1 CSML) struck quickly, scoring five runs in the first inning and six more in the third for an 11-3 lead. A run in the fifth ended the game due to the 10-run rule.
Tyler Leasure led Liberty (5-11, 2-6) by going 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs.
Air Academy 9, Vista Ridge 3
At Vista Ridge: Alec Ortiz went 2 for 3 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored, and Air Academy set the tone with a four-run first inning and never looked back.
Jeremy Hochmuth and Cole Daniluk also had two-hit games for the Kadets (8-6-1, 7-4 Pikes Peak). Gehrig Ensor added a two-run single.
Dakota Popham drove in a run for Vista Ridge (4-12, 1-10).
Discovery Canyon 4, Sand Creek 1
At Sand Creek: Cody Ahlgrimm struck out 12 in a complete-game three-hitter as Discovery Canyon beat Sand Creek.
Michael Barbato, Alec Heebner and Kaven Sook had RBIs for the Thunder (6-11, 5-7 Pikes Peak), who ran their winning streak to three games.
Joe Tino had a hit and scored the only run for the Scorpions (5-12, 2-10).
CSCS 6, Salida 4
At CSCS: Zach Zeien had three hits, Jarrett McDonald struck out nine batters and CSCS rallied for two runs in the sixth inning to beat Salida.
Michael Ajayi went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Daniel Burton added two hits and one RBI for the Lions (8-8, 5-5 Tri-Peaks West.
St. Mary's 22-15, Trinidad 1-3
At Trinidad: Nathan Pierce and Kasey Nusbaum combined for 10 hits and 19 RBIs to pace St. Mary's to a road doubleheader sweep.
St. Mary's 6, Peak to Peak 2
At Lafayette: Erin Geiger scored four times and added an assist, leading St. Mary's past the two-time defending 3A state champions for its ninth straight victory.
Geiger opened the scoring, broke a 1-1 tie later in the first half, then added to the lead with a penalty kick. She finished the scoring 16 minutes into the second half for the Pirates (11-1, 7-0 Region 1).
Emily Loof added her team-leading 27th goal - just one off the state lead - and an assist for St. Mary's, and Kylie Cleary also scored and assisted on another.
Fountain Valley 10, Rye 0
At Fountain Valley: McKenna Monk scored four times as Fountain Valley dominated Rye to set up Monday's league showdown with St. Mary's.
Isabella Montoya, Sophie Deignan and Clare Hamilton had two goals each for the Danes (10-2, 6-0 Region 1).
Palmer 2, Adams City 1
At Commerce City: Kendra Cook and Janessa Hill scored to lead Palmer (5-8) to a road victory.
Battle Mountain 14, Pine Creek 10
At Pine Creek: Pine Creek (3-9) lost its fifth straight game despite a three-goal effort from Cierra McDonald and two each by Shay Calhoun and Arran Senn.