Pine Creek baseball has been ever-impressive through three games this season – and now it’s taking its hot start on the road for spring break.
The Eagles arrived in Phoenix, Arizona for the Pride Classic over the weekend and will begin the four-day tournament Monday. Opponents from Arizona, Oregon and California are scheduled over the first three days.
“Hoping for kind of a team-building experience,” Pine Creek coach Glenn Millhauser said. “And if you don’t do a trip the kids will go on vacation anyways, and they would come back after a week off with nothing baseball related. So, we think it’s critical to our baseball performance down the stretch when we come back.”
The Eagles (3-0) have been dominant in almost every statistical category through three games – but it’s the club’s deep pitching that has Millhauser most excited.
“We have four kids that could be No. 1 on anyone’s staff in the city,” the coach said. “We have a lot of depth, which is why I like our chances in the tournament this week.”
How good is the staff? Next-level stuff in every corner.
Riley Cornelio is going to play at TCU, Jay Onken is committed to Utah, Parker Gregory is headed to Wichita State and Justin Olson is signed with Kentucky.
Cornelio has led the way with two wins so far this season, allowing just one run in 11 innings while striking out 16. Onken, Gregory and Olson, meanwhile, have combined for a one-hitter through eight shutout innings.
“Pitching depth, I’ve never had anything like this,” said Millhauser, who has racked up more than 350 wins as a head coach. “Never had a staff like this in 30 years of coaching. Pretty rare, I’ll put it that way.”
Pine Creek will start the tournament against host Mountain Pointe on Monday afternoon.
Indians' star Hall slightly hampered by injury
Cheyenne Mountain ace Morgan Hall’s nice start to the girls’ tennis season suffered a bit of a setback when she sprained her right ankle during practice last week.
The junior says she should be fine and expects to return soon.
“It was actually the perfect time for it to happen because we didn’t have much last week and then I have this entire week to get back into the flow of things,” Hall said. “I’m just glad it didn’t happen later in the season.”
Hall has redefined her game from the all-out-attack approach that landed her in the state semifinals two years in a row. Her killer instinct isn’t gone, she says. She’s just playing a little more level-headed.
“I’m a lot more consistent,” Hall said. “I’ve always been an aggressive player and I’ve always had the big shots to try to put the ball away early. I’ve been working on not trying to put the ball away on the first five shots and keeping it in. Just being more consistent, which is a new game for me and I think it’s works a little better.”
Hall began the season with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Lewis-Palmer’s Joee Crocker and beat Niwot’s Lucy Lu 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.
By her own diagnosis, the junior believes she’ll be back on the court this week.
“I’m very anxious to get back out there,” she said. “I’m not very patient just sitting and resting.”
Scorpion soccer off to strong start
The girls’ soccer team at Sand Creek is off to a 4-0 start for the second straight season. And this time, Scorpions coach Jeremy Tafoya believes his team can keep winning.
A year ago, the Scorpions started 5-0 on the lighter side of their schedule but finished 3-7, including going 2-5 in a star-filled Pikes Peak Athletic Conference. Tafoya believes his team can hang around as the schedule gets tougher this year.
He points to the Rampart game on April 4 as a good benchmark.
“I think I’ll know more after the Rampart game, but after watching the teams I’ve watched (in the league) I think there’s parity,” Tafoya said. “I know the girls think they can beat anyone, I’ll tell you that. They’re a confident bunch.”
Sand Creek, made up of four freshmen starters and no seniors, has outscored its first four opponents 38-3. Its next game will be against Skyview on April 3.
Indian lacrosse remains unbeaten on trip West
Jack Paul had three goals and two assists, August Johnson had two goals and two assists, and the Indians beat San Diego-based St. Augustine 16-8 on Saturday in their first game on the coast.
Cheyenne Mountain, now 5-0, will face San Marcos Monday
Ralston picks up first win at Sierra
Sierra baseball notched its first win under first-year head coach Jeremy Ralston, beating Harrison 12-7 on Thursday.
Ralston is the Stallions’ third coach in three years.