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Mesa Ridge sophomore Isabella Quintana, center, is all smiles after she was congratulated by her teammates following her two run home run play against Cañon City softball game held at Mesa Ridge High School on Thursday September 13, 2018 in Colorado Springs. Mesa Ridge won the game 11-5. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette) 



Region 1 at Ulysses Sports Complex

Mesa Ridge earns a bid to the 4A state tournament with wins over Northridge and Weld Central.

No. 17 Mesa Ridge 19, No. 16 Northridge 8: The Grizzlies smacked five home runs in the Region 1 opener. Mesa Ridge was led by Solena Ornelas and Isabella Quintana with five RBIs each and Aubree Krubb had four. Ornelas, Quintana, Krubb, Sara Tutton and Katrina Robertson hit a home run each.

No. 1 Golden 5, No. 17 Mesa Ridge 2: Mesa Ridge scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the comeback fell short. Ariadna Martinez and Katrina Robertson knocked in one run each for the Grizzlies.

No 17 Mesa Ridge 3, No. 32 Weld Central 2: The Grizzlies held off Weld Central to earn a spot in the 4A state tournament. The Rebels scored a run in the top of the fifth inning to cut the deficit to one, but Mesa Ridge did not allow a run in the remaining two innings. Solena Ornelas and Aubree Krubb were credited with an RBI each and Kylee Bunnell earned the win in the circle.

Region 4 at Runyon Sports Complex

No. 20 Elizabeth came home with the region championship with two upset wins in the tournament, defeating No. 13 Conifer and No. 4 Pueblo County.

No. 20 Elizabeth 7, No. 13 Conifer 2

No. 20 Elizabeth 6, No. 4 Pueblo County 2

Region 5 at Runyon Sports Complex

Thanks to the work of Jenna Ruggaber in the circle, and hot bats Coronado clinched a spot in the 4A state tournament. 

No. 14 Coronado 12, No. 19 George Washington 2: Kyla Papenfuss was a double away from hitting for the cycle and knocked in three runs in a tournament-opening win. Addison Pakenham and Jenna Ruggaber also had three RBIs each. Ruggaber earned the win in the circle, striking out 12 batters in six innings.

No. 3 Pueblo South 7, No. 14 Coronado 6: The Cougars fell short in a second-round regional game that went into extra innings. Hannah Hoffman led Coronado at the plate hitting a three-run home run. Jenna Ruggaber struck out 15 batters in her second start of the day.

No. 14 Coronado 4, No. 30 Standley Lake 3: Coronado clinched the last Region 5 qualifying spot with a close win over Standley Lake. Hannah Hoffman and Nevaeh Santistevan had an RBI each. Addison Pakenham threw 6.1 innings and had three strikeouts. Jenna Ruggaber entered for the final .2 innings and struck out both batters faced. 

Region 6 at Garden Acres

No. 6 Silver Creek 8, No. 27 Air Academy 0

No. 22 Widefield 19, No. 11 Rifle 16: Jocelyn Garcia hit two doubles and a home run and had two RBIs in a first-round regional win over Rifle. Hannah Hall and Sierra Segura led the Gladiators with four RBIs each. Hall earned the win in the circle through seven innings of work.

No. 11 Rifle 13, No. 27 Air Academy 12

No. 6 Silver Creek 12, No. 22 Widefield 0

Region 8 at Broomfield Industrial Park

No. 2 Holy Family 16, No. 31 Falcon 0


Region 2 at Aurora Sports Complex

No. 8 Smoky Hill 17, No. 25 Fountain-Fort Carson 5

No. 24 Fruita Monument 13, No. 25 Fountain-Fort Carson 6

Region 4 at Barnes Softball Complex

No. 4 Loveland 7, No. 29 Rampart 0

No. 20 Douglas County 11, No. 29 Rampart 6


Region 8 at Limon Softball Complex

No. 9 Montezuma-Cortez 10, St. Mary’s 0: St. Mary’s season ended 12-12 with a first-round loss in the Region 8 softball tournament.


Discovery Canyon 37, Thomas Jefferson 7

At D-20 Stadium: Marshall Pike ran for four touchdowns to help the Thunder to a 3A Central win over Thomas Jefferson to remain undefeated in league play.

Pike had two short runs, a six-yard touchdown and a 24-yard TD rush to increase his season total to 17 touchdowns.

Kenneth Pasion ran for an 18-yard touchdown and Dane Campbell set up Pike’s longest touchdown run with a fumble recovery in the second quarter.

Thomas Jefferson got on the board with less than a minute to go in the first half thanks to an interception by Stas Haralambopoulos and a six-yard touchdown reception by Keshaun Taylor.

The Thunder’s Connor Clancy had a 29-yard field goal and Xavian Andrews intercepted a Thomas Jefferson pass in the red zone. DCC is 6-1 and 2-0 in league play.


Fountain Valley 5, ECA 1

At Fountain Valley: Phan Dao scored twice, and Shuto Ushijima, Nick Heinz and Chance Maccagnan also scored in a dominant 2A Black Forest victory to take sole possession of first in league play.

The Danes racked up 17 shots on goal, while Jacob Thomassen had six saves in goal for Fountain Valley (10-3, 7-1).

James Singleton had the Eagles’ lone goal. ECA is 8-5 and is in second in the 2A Black Forest league at 7-1.

Atlas Prep 10, Ellicott 0

At Atlas Prep: Angelito Caballero and Lamario Nisbeth each had a hat trick and Diego Gomez had a pair of goals for the Gryphons to lock in their fifth straight win.

Atlas Prep is 5-0-1 in 3A Tri-Peaks and 12-0-1 overall. Ellicott is 3-9 and winless in league play.

Woodland Park 3, Pueblo County 2 (OT)

At Pueblo County: Greg Pappadakis scored once in regulation and in overtime to lift Woodland Park over Pueblo County in a nonconference win in extra time.

Oliver Lampton-Adkins also scored for the Panthers (4-9) and Josh Gutierrez had five saves in goal.

Arrupe Jesuit 4, Manitou Springs 0

At Manitou Springs: The Mustangs sent 11 shots to the net, but none got past Arrupe Jesuit in a nonconference loss.

Manitou Springs is 8-3-1.

Regis Jesuit 1, Pine Creek 0

At Pine Creek: The Raiders scored a first-half goal which proved to be enough to take down Pine Creek in a nonconference game. The Eagles are 8-4-1.


Fountain-Fort Carson 3, Pueblo South 2

At Pueblo South: The Trojans came out victorious in a back-and-forth nonconference match against Pueblo South, claiming a 15-7 fifth-set win over the Colts after South won the fourth 25-23.

The win broke a three-match skid for the Trojans (9-8).

La Junta 3, James Irwin 0