Highlights from Tuesday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Palmer 3, Doherty 2
At Palmer: Peyton Nussbaum pitched seven strong innings and struck out 15 as Palmer (2-0) got its second win of the year.
Nussbaum has struck out 24 hitters in 14 innings to start the season.
On Tuesday, the junior gave up five hits and two runs (one earned), improving her season record to 2-0.
Katelyn Brossett and Sophia Castle, meanwhile, each drove in a run as part of a three-run third inning for the Terrors.
The Spartans (0-1) scored once in the sixth and once in the seventh to narrow the deficit.
Coronado 9, Dolores Huerta 3
At Coronado: Riley Afshari struck out 14 and Coronado drove the ball all over the field in its first win of the season.
Freshman Julie Callen hit a double and a triple and drove in three runs, and Kelly Weil and Jill Dragosh combined for five hits and four more runs as the Cougars bounced back from a one-hit loss to Pine Creek three days earlier.
Afshari was more effective in her second outing of the season. After she had given up five runs (two earned) in six innings on Saturday, the senior pitched seven innings and allowed three runs (all unearned) on Tuesday.
Coronado (1-1) travels to face Fountain-Fort Carson on Thursday.
Dolores Huerta (0-1), which lost 8-5 to the Cougars to open last season, travels to face Lamar on Friday.
St. Mary's 16, Sierra 1, 4 innings
At Sierra: Sierra (0-1) gave up 16 bases on balls in its home opener as St. Mary's (1-0) only needed four innings to polish off the win.
Peyton Richter and Maddie Horsley each added had two hits and drove in two runs for the Pirates.
The Stallions have lost seven in a row, dating back to last season.
Valor Christian 17, Woodland Park 0, 5 innings
At Woodland Park: Christina Cunningham gave up 14 runs on 12 hits as defending 4A state champion Valor Christian blasted Woodland Park.
Alexandria Kilponen, the top softball pitcher in the state, allowed two hits in five innings for the Eagles.
Pueblo South 5, Air Academy 4
At Air Academy: Payton Romines had three hits and Megan Horn hit a home run, but Air Academy (0-1) fell in its home opener.
Romines had nine multi-hit games in 2014, and began her 2015 season with a 3-for-4 performance against Pueblo South.
Megan Horn also hit her fifth career home run in the loss.
Cassidy Horn started for the Kadets and gave up four runs in three innings. She struck out one and walked four.
Megan Horn then went four innings in relief, allowing three hits and one run. She struck out two and walked three.
The Kadets travel to face Mesa Ridge on Wednesday.
Early league games postponed
A few games around town were postponed on Tuesday.
Doherty at Pine Creek tennis was canceled, because as Eagles coach Dave Lehman put it, "neither of us we're ready." Rampart at Fountain-Fort Carson softball was called due to lightning, and Pine Creek at Liberty softball was postponed due to hail and rain.
"It was only about 30 minutes and the field was under water," Pine Creek coach Dave Warhoe said.
In a nonleague game, Cheyenne Mountain at Mesa Ridge softball was also postponed due to weather.
Elizabeth Golf Invitational
At Springs Valley Golf Club: Air Academy golfer Isaiah Amparan won the invite with a 2-over 74.
Last week, Amparan took second at the Falcon Invite at Antler Creek Golf Course.
Results of the tournament weren't available as of Tuesday night.