Published: May 3, 2014
Highlights from Saturday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Pine Creek 6, Doherty 5
At Doherty: Conner Deeds allowed one run in six innings to earn the win and had two hits and drove in a run to lead Pine Creek (14-4, 9-1 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) to give the Eagles the outright league title.
The Eagles led an early pitcher's duel 2-1 after five, but took a 6-1 lead thanks to a four-run sixth. Evan Maecker - who had two hits at the plate - came on in relief in the seventh and surrendered four runs before getting the final outs to seal the win.
Jesse Woody went 2 for 4, and Caleb Black drove in a pair of runs for Pine Creek, which has won 11 in a row.
Michael Morton led Doherty (10-9, 7-3) by going 3 for 4 with three RBIs. The Spartans entered the day riding a six-game winning streak.
Peyton 9, Mitchell 2
At Peyton: Tyler Walker threw three no-hit innings to earn the win and Evan Finley went 3 for 3 to lead Peyton (15-3).
Finley had a home run and two triples to drive in four runs, and Peyton broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run second. Three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings helped Peyton pull away.
No statistics were available for Mitchell (0-17).
Liberty 18, Gateway 5 (5 innings)
At Gateway: Liberty (7-12) raced to a 9-0 lead in the first three innings and ended the game two innings early after a six-run fifth.
Zach Estes went 2 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBIs for the Lancers, who finished the season with back-to-back wins after dropping six in a row.
Edgar Castaneda led Gateway (3-16) by going 3 for 3 with three RBIs.
TRACK AND FIELD
At Burlington: Peyton senior Chris Epps won the high jump with a mark of 6 feet, 5 inches, and was fifth in the long jump with a distance of 19-1/2 in the boys' meet.
Brandon Slusher finished second in the shot put with a throw of 45-9, while Brett Wohlrabe was second in the discus with a throw of 125-10. Peyton finished fifth in the team standings with 67 points, with Lamar taking the team title with 116.
Calhan's Dylan Crook won the 400-meter dash in 54.64 seconds, and the Bulldogs finished fifth in the team standings.
Peyton's Karlin Rufenacht cleared 4-101/2 to take the high jump to help the Panthers girls' team finish sixth with 57 points.
Hannah Kearse crossed the finish line fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 52.53, and Mikenna Coover was fifth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:43.72.
Lamar easily won the team championship with 146 points.
Holy Family Tiger Tornado Invite
At Holy Family: Robert Delfield finished second in the 800-meter race with a time of 1:58.16 to help St. Mary's finish 12th in the team standings with 17 points.
Elena Slavoski's third-place finish in the 1,600-meter run in 5:37.01 was the highlight for St. Mary's, which finished 14th in the team standings.
Palmer 13, Air Academy 12 (OT)
At Air Academy: Sam Horning scored the last of his game-high six goals with 30 seconds remaining in overtime to propel Palmer (11-4) to the win in a game twice postponed due to weather.
Chip Cipoletti had three goals and two assists, and Caleb Espinoza made 22 saves for the Terrors.
Jake Thornally led Air Academy (5-10) with four goals, with Mitchell Miller adding three goals and two assists.
Cheyenne Mountain 11, Valor Christian 4
At Cheyenne Mountain: Sam Sheridan had four goals and an assist, and Cheyenne Mountain (10-5) outscored Valor Christian (11-4) 8-0 in the second half to win for the seventh time in eight games.
Casey Rothstein scored three goals, while Mitch Paige and Hunter Perry added two apiece for the Indians.
Valor Christian led 4-3 at the half, but was unable to find the net the entire second half. Nate Robledo made 13 saves for Cheyenne Mountain.
Valor Christian saw its eight-game winning streak snapped.
BOYS' SWIMMING AND DIVING
Lewis-Palmer Dive Invite
At Lewis-Palmer: Zach Mullins tallied 442.10 points in his home pool to edge fellow Ranger Devin Perry (423.15).
Lewis-Palmer's Noah Bettner was third with 400.45 points, teammate Ashton Degraaf (356.30) finished fourth and Air Academy's Blaine Wuertz rounded out the top five at 328.50.