Prep roundup: Air Academy softball shuts out Falcon, loses to Cheyenne Mountain in doubleheader

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CROSS COUNTRY

Pikes Peak Athletics Conference Championships

At Air Force Academy: Cheyenne Mountain's Thomas Chaston won the boys' title after finishing the 5,000-meter race in 16:38, followed by Palmer Ridge's Ryan Matson (16:43) and Air Academy's Cal Banta (16:51).

Vista Ridge's Max Bolke (17:05) and Jacob Morton (17:08) rounded out the top five.

Palmer Ridge had six finishers in the top 13 and claimed the team title. Andrew Bluemel (17:11) finished sixth, and Palmer Ridge teammates Drew Vidano (17:17.50), Jonathan Woolf (17:21), Maxwell Herebic (17:30) and Alex Murphy (17:32) came in eighth, 12th, 13th and 14th, respectively.

Cheyenne Mountain, Air Academy, Discovery Canyon and Lewis-Palmer completed the top five for the boys.

On the girls' side, Palmer Ridge dominated with three top-five showings and won the team title with 33 points. Isabell Prosceno (19:19) came in second while teammates Maren Busath (20:24) and Madeleine Bonneau (20:31) finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Air Academy's Tatum Miller claimed first with a time of 18:58, and Discovery Canyon's Liberty Ricca finished third in 19:39.

Discovery Canyon came in second in the team standings, followed by a third-place performance from Air Academy.

SOFTBALL

Cheyenne Mountain 8, Air Academy 7

Alyssa Temple had a walk-off RBI single to give the Indians the dramatic win, while teammate Jenna Randall finished with six RBIs and a grand slam.

Cheyenne Mountain's Katelynn Ralston struck out 11, allowed nine hits and seven runs in seven innings.

The Indians improved to 15-3 overall and finished 4-2 in the Pikes Peak Athletics Conference, while Air Academy dropped to 6-1 in league play to share the league title with Discovery Canyon.

Air Academy played a doubleheader Wednesday.

Air Academy 10, Falcon 0, six innings

At Air Academy: The Kadets got things going in the second, scoring five runs and taking an early lead that they never relinquished. Air Academy then capped it off with a run in the fifth and four more in the sixth.

Falcon dropped to 5-13 and 1-6 in league play.

Pine Creek 16, Liberty 2

At Pine Creek: Sarah Gardner and Camille Lucas each drove in four runs, and the Eagles jumped out to an 11-0 lead to easily win their final Colorado Springs Metro League game. Pine Creek finished atop the league standings with a 12-0 record.

Five Eagles recorded at least two hits to push the total to 14. They never looked back in the game, adding three runs in the third and two more in fourth.

Liberty finished 3-13 overall and 2-7 in league play.

Gabrielle Hoyt had an RBI triple for the Lancers, who won the PPAC title last season.

VOLLEYBALL

Liberty 3, Doherty 0

At Doherty: The Spartans made it close in every set, but the Lancers ultimately prevailed 25-19, 25-23, 25-23 to earn their second straight CSML win.

Liberty improved to 9-7 overall and 2-1 in league play, while Doherty dropped 5-9 and 1-2.