Air Academy 6,
Cheyenne Mountain 5
At Air Academy: Pikes Peak 4A No. 1 Air Academy and No. 2 Cheyenne Mountain battled back and forth before Matt Ryan broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning with a bases-loaded, two-out line drive up the middle to score Tyler Wilborn and deliver the Kadets (12-5, 11-1 Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) their ninth consecutive victory.
Cheyenne Mountain (11-6, 9-4) originally snagged Ryan's laser, but the throw to second base was dropped by Dominic Craparotta to end the game.
'He (Ryan) is having a phenomenal year, ' said Air Academy coach Bernie Moncallo. 'He has just put in the time. It's a perfect example of a guy who puts the hard work in getting a reward. '
It was a wild finish after Cheyenne Mountain had scored two runs in the top half of the frame to tie the game.
Michael Levar (6-2) nearly escaped the seventh inning after he struck out Yeager and Hochmuth with the bases loaded before Ryan's heroics.
Levar was charged with the loss after going seven innings and surrendering six runs on 11 hits and two walks. He had five strikeouts.
'He should be very proud of how he pitched against us today, ' Moncallo said. 'He made some key pitches to keep the game close. '
Trevor Golberg (2-0) received the win despite giving up two runs on two hits and three walks in the seventh.
Doherty 6, Fountain-Fort Carson 4
At Fountain-Fort Carson: Evan Weidner, Lalo Porras and Dusty Kachel each had an RBI to lead Doherty to a 5A Metro League victory over 5A No. 3 Fountain-Fort Carson.
Will Reynolds (5-0) picked up the win on the mound to remain undefeated by allowing four runs, all unearned, on six hits and two walks while striking out three in a season-high seven innings. The junior has a 3.23 ERA.
Doherty has won two in a row and improves to 8-8 overall and 4-3 in league play.
No stats were reported for Fountain-Fort Carson (9-8, 3-5).
Rampart 9, Liberty 7
At Liberty: Grant Williams, Ben Tarasiewicz and Nick Burgeson teed off for home runs as 5A No. 2 Rampart edged Liberty on the road in a 5A Metro League game.
Burgeson finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Tarasiewicz was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Rams (10-7, 4-4).
Parker Hajek (1-0) allowed two runs on one hit and two walks in one inning but got credited with the win.
Matt Bowman pitched 12/3 innings of scoreless ball to earn his second save.
Zach Estes had two RBIs for Liberty (6-10, 2-6).
Tim Elsberry (1-2) was charged with the loss after giving up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and four walks in six innings. He struck out four.
Widefield 9, Mesa Ridge 6
At Mesa Ridge: Christian Volcic went 3-for-4 at the plate and pitched six strong innings as Widefield held off a seventh inning rally from Mesa Ridge to advance to the 4A Metro League title game.
Volcic helped induce the game-ending double play and earned the victory by holding the Grizzlies to six runs (four earned) on three hits and seven walks. He also had nine strikeouts.
Widefield (11-7) has won four in a row.
Jake Volcic went 2-for-4 with a team-high three RBIs for the Galdiators.
No stats were reported for Mesa Ridge (12-5-1).
Pine Creek 15, Palmer 0
At Palmer: The Terrors held 5A No. 1 Pine Creek in check for four innings before the Eagles erupted for 15 runs over the final three innings.
Pine Creek (12-4, 7-1 5A Metro) had 16 different players record at least one hit in its 20-hit performance.
Dane Hutcheon had a team-high three RBIs and Scott Savage led all hitters with three hits.
Reagan Biechler (7-1) was credited with the victory by striking out eight in five innings and allowing just one hit and two walks.
No stats were reported for Palmer (7-10, 4-5).
Lewis-Palmer 7, Vista Ridge 3
At Lewis-Palmer: The Rangers scored five unearned runs to upend Vista Ridge at home in 4A Pikes Peak League action.
Matt Purdhomme went 2-for-2 with two runs, a solo home run and a double for Lewis-Palmer (7-10, 3-4).
PJ Underwood delivered a solid performance to receive the victory on the mound. Underwood (3-0) had a season-high 13 strikeouts and held Vista Ridge (1-17, 0-10) to three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks.
Andrew Quigley had a team-high two hits and an RBI for the Wolves.
Vista Ridge starter Mike Levonchuck (0-1) was charged with the loss after being tagged for seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and one walk in six innings. Levonchuck had five strikeouts.
Palmer Ridge 13, Discovery Canyon 12
At Palmer Ridge: The Bears erupted for nine runs in the fourth inning to hold off Discovery Canyon in a 4A Pikes Peak League barnburner.
Thomas Jensen led the way at the plate for Palmer Ridge (9-7, 9-2) with a 3-for-4 performance with a team-high three RBIs and two triples.
Andy Stauffer was 3-for-5 with three RBIs for Discovery Canyon (7-9, 4-5).
Chaparral 13, Palmer 8
At Palmer: Caleb Espinoza stopped 21 shots, giving the freshman four straight games with 20 or more saves, but Palmer could not get past Chaparral in a Douglas County League game.
'It is scary how better he is getting every game, ' said Palmer assistant coach Daniel Guzman. 'He looks like a full grown man out there the way he is playing. '
Noah Smith scored five of the Terrors' (6-6, 3-3) eight goals.
Chapparal (11-3, 8-1) has won nine in a row.
Pine Creek 2, Rampart 0
At D-20 Stadium: Freshman Jayne Lydiatt set a school freshman record, freshman Reece Hummel again scored a critical goal and Pine Creek's seniors left their home field in the regular season for the final time able to claim a league championship every year of their four esteemed seasons.
Hummel scored Pine Creek's second goal of the game, sealing a tiebreaker that will send the Eagles to the playoffs as the top team out of the 5A Metro League with co-league champions Liberty, as 5A No. 1 Pine Creek (8-3-2, 4-0-1) topped Rampart (4-9-1, 1-4).
'For me, Reece Hummel was the player of the game, ' Pine Creek coach John Frederick said. 'She causes chaos for the defense. '
Lydiatt's corner kick found Tessa Merritt to put the Eagles up 1-0 and to give Lydiatt the school record for points for a freshman. Her 28th point topped Sarah Wagenfuhr's 27 set in 2006.
The victory also gave the Eagles their fourth consecutive league crown, making senior night extra special for the four-year players.
Liberty 1, Doherty 0 (2OT)
At Doherty: Freshman DeeDee Boains broke the scoreless stalemate by firing a shot into the left corner from just above the 18-yard line during the second overtime to lead 5A No. 2 Liberty to a 5A Metro League victory.
Liberty (9-3-2, 4-0-1) finishes league play undefeated and tied with Pine Creek as co-league champions.
'This team just loves each other, ' coach Andy Liddle said. 'We kept having that good mojo and said good things are going to happen. '
Taylor Denny was strong in goal for Doherty (8-2-3, 3-2).
Liberty has relied on a core group of talented freshmen, like Boains, to rise to the top of the Metro League. However, the Lancers also have used an impressive defensive unit to hold opponents to only five goals this year.
'Our defense has been phenomenal, ' Liddle added. 'We have given up only five goals all year. We have been flying under the radar because of last year's result and no one knew what we are about. '
Air Academy 2, Lewis-Palmer 1
At Lewis-Palmer: Michala Barber scored twice in the second half to rally Air Academy (9-3-2, 3-2-1) from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat Lewis-Palmer on the road in a 4A Pikes Peak League contest.
Lindsey Ryals scored for the Rangers (9-5, 3-3).
Coronado 7, Widefield 0
At Holmes Middle School: Emily Lambert extended her shutout streak to five games by making two saves while the Coronado (10-4, 6-3) offense took care of the rest to advance to the 4A Metro League title game.
Tiana Cerciello highlighted the Cougars' attack with three goals and an assist against Widefield (5-8-1, 2-5).
Pueblo South 7, Canon City 5
At Canon City: The Tigers had no problem finding the back of the net, but Pueblo South's offense was a little bit better.
Amy Solis had two goals for Ca?n City (6-5-3, 4-4-3 4A South Central).
No stats were reported for Pueblo South (12-3, 12-0).