Pine Creek 6, Regis Jesuit 4
Pine Creek 13, ThunderRidge 3 (5 innings)
At Pine Creek: Kyle Moran and Drake Logan had key RBI singles in a three-run sixth inning, allowing Pine Creek to rally from an early four-run deficit to beat Regis in a 5A regional semifinal. Later, things weren’t as tense as the Eagles scored five runs in the second inning and advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 2015 by run-ruling ThunderRidge.
“We had great pitching in both games, and in the second game, we had seven different players drive in runs, so it was a solid team effort,” Pine Creek coach Glenn Millhauser said. “I was happy with the way we responded in the first game. It was getting away from us a little bit, but cooler heads prevailed.”
Regis led 4-0 in the second inning, but Cade Kleckner hit a two-out, two-run homer in the second, then Moran scored on a wild pitch an inning later to trim the deficit to 4-3.
Against ThunderRidge, Zac Heisler, Hogan and Riley Cornelio all homered in the second inning to set the tone, and the Eagles (19-2) finished off the Grizzlies with an eight-run fifth, capped by Evan Faucher’s bases-clearing double.
Cheyenne Mountain 2, Mead 1
Cheyenne Mountain 3, Fort Morgan 2
At Fort Morgan: Sophomore Grant Montejar pitched the final two innings for a save in the regional semifinal, then went 3 for 3 in the championship game and ended the contest by starting a double play as Cheyenne Mountain (15-6) clinched its first 4A state berth since 2012.
He was one of a handful of sophomore to make key contributions. Starters Michael Ellis and Cam Buckler each tossed five innings, and Devin Dotson finished off Fort Morgan with two effective innings of relief.
Montejar’s run-scoring single in the sixth gave Cheyenne Mountain a 3-0 lead in the sixth and proved to be the difference.
“We knew we had a special class this year, but we didn’t know how most of them would respond to the varsity level,” Indians coach Mark Swope said. “They want the ball, and we tell them not be afraid to make mistakes. They’ve grown up in a hurry.”
Discovery Canyon 7, Erie 4
At Longmont: Discovery Canyon (13-6) took advantage of Erie’s wild side, scoring three runs on bases-loaded walks and another on a balk in a four-run second to beat Erie in a 4A regional semifinal that was delayed nearly three hours by rain.
The Thunder will meet Longmont at noon Sunday, with the winner punching a ticket to the 4A state tournament.
Windsor 10, Canon City 1
Canon City 3, Pueblo County 0
At Windsor: Canon City (15-6) got a two-run homer from Lincoln Andrews in a win over Pueblo County in a 4A regional semifinal but couldn’t get past host Windsor as the Tigers fell just short of reaching the state tournament.
Alamosa 5, St. Mary’s 4
At Alamosa: St. Mary’s couldn’t hold a late lead as Alamosa scored three runs on an error in the seventh inning as the Mean Moose eliminated the Pirates in heart-breaking fashion.
Matt Haines and Nick Baca had two hits apiece for St. Mary’s (8-12), which led 2-0 in the first inning and broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run sixth.
"We played a great baseball game for 6 1/3 innings against the No. 1 seed," Pirates coach Bill Percy said. "Unfortunately, the wheels came off with a couple of walks and errors in the last three batters of the game."
Roosevelt 6, Lewis-Palmer 2
At Palisade: Roosevelt broke open a 1-1 game with a five-run sixth to eliminate Lewis-Palmer in a 4A regional semifinal.
Johnny Behm had two hits and both RBIs for the Rangers (11-9), who took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Brady Choban took the loss for Lewis-Palmer after allowing three hits, four earned runs and six walks in five-plus innings.
Peyton 11, Calhan 1
Peyton 6, ECA 5
At Spurgeon Field: Brennen Meyers drove in the winning run with a shot to right-center field in the seventh inning to help top-seeded Peyton (19-1) rally past ECA to win the 2A District 8 title.
ECA (13-7) scored twice in the seventh to tie the game at 5, but the Panthers struck back in their half of the second when Brandon Hussey was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, went to second on a Jaeden Meyers bunt and, after an intentional walk to load the bases, scored on the following hit.
CSCS 4, DSST-Stapleton 2
At Denver: Erin Ross, Grace Rummel, Kait Halverson and Virginia McGrath all scored goals as CSCS rebounded from an early deficit to defeat DSST-Stapleton and advance to the 3A quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
The Lions (14-2) fell behind less than 30 seconds into the match but responded with three unanswered goals and led 3-2 at halftime.
“We were able to hold them off, and we’re playing our best soccer of the season now,” CSCS coach Jason Rollins said. “That’s what you want.”
The No. 9 Lions will meet top-seeded Jefferson Academy on Wednesday.
“Just to be at this point, everything else is just icing on the cake,” Rollins said. “We just want to go in there, play hard and do our best and enjoy the moment. It’s always great to extend the season, especially for the seniors. It’s been a special season and no one wants it to end.”
Valor Christian 2, TCA 1
At Highlands Ranch: Jenna Siebert’s goal with 3:38 left broke a 1-1 tie and lifted No. 2 Valor Christian past No. 18 TCA (12-3-2) in second-round action from the 4A playoffs.
Standley Lake 2, Lewis-Palmer 1
At Lakewood: Dani Bird scored the game-winner on a deflection off a corner kick near the midway point of the second half to help No. 8 Standley Lake past 24th-seeded Lewis-Palmer.
Following a fourth-minute goal by the Gators, the Rangers (9-6-2) got the equalizer off the foot of Tori Fugate just before halftime.
Arapahoe 17, Pine Creek 5
At Pine Creek: Britt White scored twice and added an assist, but No. 7 Pine Creek found itself in a big hole early and never recovered in a home playoff loss to No. 10 Arapahoe.
“We just failed to show up, but it was a season of first, and we’ll still get to hang a banner for winning league for the first time in school history,” Eagles coach Roger Wallace said. “With only three seniors graduating, I think we’ll be just as strong next year.”
Pine Creek (13-3) trailed 9-2 at halftime.
TRACK AND FIELD
4A/5A CSML Meet
At Garry Berry Stadium: Led by Jalen Lyon (200 and 400 meters) and Jequan Hogan (high jump and triple jump), Fountain-Fort Carson rolled to the boys’ team title at the league meet with 187.5 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Pine Creek (118.5).
The Trojans made it a sweep with a title on the girls’ side as Kiana Jackson highlighted the day with wins in the 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump.
Liberty (131) and Rampart (128) rounded out the top three.
Hogan is the 5A defending state champion in the high jump and triple jump.
Also, Harrison’s Tyrese VanHorne swept the sprinting events in the 4A boys’ division, hitting the tape first in the 100, 200 and 400, while Canon City junior Brendan Young won the 4A long jump and high jump and Coronado thrower Charles Broomfield took the titles in the shot put and discus.
Shynesti Johnson of Widefield took first in the girls’ 4A 100 and 200 races, and Liberty’s Aliyah George won the 200 and 400 in the 5A division and Mikayla Cox of Doherty doubled up in the 800 and 3,200.
At Fountain-Fort Carson: Isaac Shyrock (200-yard freestyle) and Jack Evanitz (100 freestyle) claimed individual wins and led Rampart to a victory in the 200 freestyle relay, helping the Rams to the overall league title with 470 points.
Coronado placed second with 388 points, while Pine Creek (367) took third.
Pine Creek had victories in the 200 medley and 400 free relays, along with a pair of individual triumphs by Nicholas Sherman (50 free and 100 butterfly), along with Dylan Apicello (diving) and Joshua-Ryan Lujan (100 breaststroke).
Other wins were turned in by Troy Legg of Liberty (200 individual medley); Scott Reeder of Rampart (50 free); and Hunter Tenpas of Coronado (100 backstroke).