5A regional tournaments
5A Region 8
Fort Collins 7, Pine Creek 1
Pine Creek 7, Westminster 0
Pine Creek 9, Fort Collins 7
At Redstone Park: No. 15 Pine Creek (18-4) won back-to-back elimination games to keep its season going.
In the second meeting with No. 18 Fort Collins, Michaela Wren and Kayla Boyd drove in two runs each, Haylee McKeehan threw two shutout innings of relief and the Eagles scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to clinch a berth in the 5A state tournament.
McKeehan had a whirlwind of a day. She started the first game against the Lambkins, and was shelled for 10 hits and seven runs in the loss before she regrouped and threw a four-hit shutout against No. 31 Westminster in Game 2. In Game 3, Casey Esquivel started the game and gave up all seven runs in the first inning of her four-frame outing. McKeehan then came in and closed the door.
Second-seed Rock Canyon won the regional.
4A regional tournaments
4A Region 1
Palmer Ridge 13, Montrose 2
Wheat Ridge 13, Palmer Ridge 3
Palmer Ridge 13, Montrose 12
At Lutz Sports Complex: It was win or go home for Palmer Ridge (15-7) in region finale.
After splitting the first two games of Saturday's double-elimination tournament, freshman Alicen Minarick hit a three-run double and drove in four RBIs in the game before senior Libby Acker hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh against Montrose (for the second time) to push the Bears into the state tournament for the second straight year.
Acker went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and Taylor Klee hit one of her three home runs on the day in the final game.
"We are thrilled about it," said Palmer Ridge coach Randy Gillette, who is in his fourth year. "These kids have grown so much in such a short amount of time."
No. 16 Palmer Ridge started the day with a rout thanks to early inning walks given up by No. 17 Montrose, but committed more than a handful of errors in the following loss to top-seeded Wheat Ridge. Then, in the elimination game pitcher Madysen Kearns battled through 14 hits and six errors behind her to give the Bears the chance to win it in the seventh.
Wheat Ridge won the regional and earned the top spot at state.
Valor Christian 12, Air Academy 2
Pueblo South 10, Air Academy 0
At Berthoud High School: No. 24 Air Academy (10-11) ran into a buzzsaw against ninth-seeded Valor Christian before it was shut out for the fourth time this season in the following game to Pueblo South.
Air Academy made the regional tournament a year after missing it when the Kadets were just 5-14 in 2012.
Eighth-seeded Berthoud won the regional, and Valor Christian took the other state-qualifying spot.
Ponderosa 11, Widefield 1
Pueblo West 6, Falcon 3
Falcon 29, Widefield 19
Pueblo West 7, Falcon 6
At Paint Brush Park: The Falcon-Widefield game combined for 48 runs. The other four games played at the Castle Rock regional scored 39 runs.
But in the end, that slugfest didn't mean a state qualification for either area school. No. 19 Falcon (11-10) eliminated No. 31 Widefield (10-10-1) after outscoring the Gladiators 13-2 in the final two innings, before the Falcons' season was cut short by Pueblo West in the following game.
Falcons' Matison Slider hit six home runs on the day, inlcuding three homers and 11 RBIs in the win ovr Widefield, and catcher Gabby Diaz hit a grand slam in the 29-run effort against the Gladiators. Diaz also hit another home run during regional play.
Widefield was one-hit by Ponderosa, before senior Alyson McAdoo went 3 for 5 and drove in five runs, and fellow-senior Kelsey Scurek drove in three more runs in the loss to the Falcons.
Ponderosa won the region and Pueblo West took second.
Florence 6, Brush 3
Sterling 11, Florence 1
At Mason Fields: No. 11 Florence (12-9) won its sixth game in seven tries when it beat No. 14 Brush in the first game of the regional tournament to clinch a spot in the 3A state tournament.
The Huskies lost a game later to eventual region champion and 3A's second-seed Sterling.
Florence is going back to state where it lost in the first round last season.
No individual stats were reported from Region 6.