Saturday's prep roundup: Falcon, Discovery Canyon, Air Academy qualify for state softball

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SOFTBALL

Class 4A Region 2

No. 24 Falcon 5, No. 9 Elizabeth 4

Falcon 16, No. 8 Conifer 5

At Arvada: Madi Robertson brought home the winning run in the first game on a squeeze bunt and No. 24 Falcon (11-10) carried that momentum all the way to a regional title and, of course, a state postseason berth.

Sophomore pitcher Taylor Striebel threw two complete games. Tierney Norris hit two home runs and Jessica Rogers made a series of outstanding defensive plays at shortstop to help the Falcons pull off one of the biggest regional surprises of the day

"I just think today we came out ready to play our game versus our season where we've been kind of up and down," Falcon coach Kerri Millikan said. "Our girls just came together today and played great ball. . We played 42 outs strong."

Striebel allowed nine runs (five earned) and struck out five in two games. The sophomore is 3-0 in her past four starts.

"She came out today with a fiery demeanor," Millikan said.

The Falcons finished fourth in the 4A Pikes Peak Conference, but they flipped the script in October, won regionals for a second straight year and qualified for the state tournament for a third straight.

Class 4A Region 4

No. 13 Discovery Canyon 3, No. 20 Pueblo County 2

Discovery Canyon 13, No. 4 Pueblo West 3

At Pueblo: Corah Price tossed two complete-game gems and Discovery Canyon (14-7) won the regional title.

Price allowed five runs (three earned) in 14 innings. She struck out 16 and walked none.

Madison McCoy had two RBIs as part of a three-run fourth to beat Pueblo County (14-8) in Game 1. Maddie Dewey and Price each drove in three runs to pace the Thunder in Game 2.

Discovery Canyon, which won the 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference, has qualified for the state playoffs six years in a row. 

Class 4A Region 7

No. 10 Air Academy 3, No. 23 Holy Family 2

No. 10 Air Academy 8, No. 7 Silver Creek 6

At Longmont: Payton Romines and Amanda Smith had RBI singles in a two-run fifth inning against No. 23 Holy Family, giving 10-seed Air Academy (16-4) the game one lead and the momentum en route to a regional title.

Romines and Sheridan Wayne also homered for the Kadets, who will advance to the state playoffs next week. Cassidy Horn tossed two complete-game wins.

The Kadets rallied from a 2-0 deficit to avoid a first-round upset against Holy Family. Julia Elbert had an RBI walk in the third inning and Romines and Smith hit RBI singles in the fifth to take the lead.

After that, Air Academy would never trail again.

"I don't know if the Holy Family game spurred us a little but everything went right (against Silver Creek)," Air Academy coach Chris Hernez said.

Karsen Romines had two hits and three RBIs to lead the way in the regional title.

Class 5A Region 5

No. 3 Cherokee Trail 15, No. 30 Pine Creek 0

No. 19 Columbine 8, Pine Creek 3

At Aurora Sports Park: Pine Creek (10-10-1) couldn't find much offense in losses to Cherokee Trail (18-3) and Columbine (10-12).

The Eagles were shut out for only the second time this season in their opening game against the Cougars, who won the regional title.

Cherokee Trail and No. 14 Brighton (18-4) advanced to the state playoffs.

Class 5A Region 8

No. 2 Grand Junction Central 14, No. 31 Liberty 4

No. 18 Thunder Ridge 17, Liberty 2

At Grand Junction: No. 31 Liberty (13-8) didn't receive a favorable seed, or regional site for that matter, despite winning the Class 5A Colorado Springs Metro League.

The Lancers came into Saturday with eight straight wins, but mightily struggled in the regional and lost by double-digit margins for the first time since Sept. 10.

Class 4A Region 8

No. 2 Mullen 15, No. 31 Canon City 0

No. 15 Pueblo South 10, Canon City 5

At Littleton: Canon City (11-10) had its eight-game winning streak snapped with two straight losses to end its season.

The Tigers took second in the 4A Colorado Springs Metro League.

Class 3A Region 3

No. 14 Faith Christian 9, No. 19 St. Mary's 8

At Eaton: St. Mary's (10-10) scored five runs in the sixth inning to take an 8-7 lead, but the Pi-rates couldn't hold it.

Peyton Richter allowed nine runs (eight earned) and struck out one in six innings for St. Mary's. Richter, Natalie Godec and Mackenzie Pepper drove in two runs apiece.

The Pirates finished fourth in 3A District 2.

FOOTBALL

Pikes Peak Christian 48, South Park 6

At South Park: Pikes Peak Christian (6-1, 3-0 A-8 Central) beat South Park (2-5, 0-3) for its sixth straight win of the year.

The Eagles will face Justice (4-1, 2-0) for what could decide the league champion.

BOYS' SOCCER

Peak to Peak 3, St. Mary's 0

At Grace Center: Robby Pezzuti had two goals as Peak to Peak (9-3-1) shut out St. Mary's (8-5-1).

The Pirates couldn't cash in on net despite Diego Zapata's four shots on goal and Jacob Gonzalez's three shots. Gabe Calhoun had 13 saves in the loss.

VOLLEYBALL

Ellicott 3, Peyton 2

At Ellicott: Ellicott (9-9, 4-3 2A Black Forest) held off Peyton (5-12, 3-3) 25-17, 22-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-12 for its second straight win.

Emily Starkie had 10 kills and three aces for the Panthers. Kalee Lashley had six kills, three aces and 22 assists.

CROSS COUNTRY

Wiggins Cross Country Invitational

At Wiggins: With many of its top runners not in attendance, Palmer Ridge still flexed its depth and won the boys' race with 33 points.

Freshman Alex Murphy led the way with a third-place finish in 17:01.

Peyton took second (56) followed by Denver North (105) on the boys' side. The Bears took sec-ond (48) and Peyton was fourth (136) in the girls' race.

BOYS' TENNIS

Class 5A state tournament

At Gates Tennis Center: Cherry Creek won its sixth straight championship with 81 points. Fairview took second with 60.

Coronado scored a team point to end the area's six-year point drought at the 5A tournament.

Brent W. New, The Gazette