Thursday's prep roundup: Palmer Ridge sends Cheyenne Mountain baseball to third straight loss

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Highlights from Thursday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.

BASEBALL

Palmer Ridge 9, Cheyenne Mountain 5

At Cheyenne Mountain: The Pikes Peak region 4A No. 2 Indians (14-4, 9-4 5A/4A PPAC) held a 5-0 lead after three innings, but the Bears answered quick to tie it at 5-5 after five. Then Palmer Ridge scored four runs in the sixth to hand the Indians their third consecutive loss.

Chase McCleary drove in three runs and Ryan Schneider and Matthew Smith each had an RBI for Cheyenne Mountain. Cameron Buckler struck out one and gave up three earned runs and eight hits in five innings of work for the Indians.

Stats for Palmer Ridge were not reported.

The Indians were ranked No. 6 in the RPI at the beginning of the week and the Bears were at 23. The Bears will get a chance to sweep the Indians when the two teams meet again on Friday in the regular season finale.

Discovery Canyon 17, Vista Ridge 0, 5 innings

At Vista Ridge: The Thunder (8-10, 6-7 5A/4A PPAC) scored five runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings to rout Vista Ridge (3-16, 2-12) in a game that ended after five due to the 10-run rule. It was the first time the Wolves had been shut out this season.

Jaden Boles pitched a complete game shutout for the Thunder and struck out seven batters. The Thunder, ranked No. 18 in the RPI, end the regular season against Sierra on Saturday. Vista Ridge is 61st in the RPI.

Falcon 11, Sand Creek 0, 5 innings

At Sand Creek: The Falcons (12-6, 8-5 5A/4A PPAC) held a 4-0 lead over the Scorpions (2-15, 1-11) after four innings and then scored seven runs in the fifth to end the game after five.

The Falcons, tied at No. 3 in the Pikes Peak region rankings, are ranked No. 10 in RPI.

Cañon City 4, Elizabeth 1

At Cañon City: The Tigers (14-4, 7-0 4A CSML) won their seventh consecutive game, including three wins this week, to remain undefeated in league play. The loss stopped a three-game winning streak for the Cardinals (8-9, 4-3).

Lincoln Andrews drove in two runs, while Michael Hawver and Harvey Wall each had an RBI for The Tigers, who are tied at No. 3 in the 4A Pikes Peak region and ranked 21st in the RPI. Elizabeth is ranked 46th.

Canon City and Mesa Ridge are both 7-0 in the 4A CSML. The two teams will face each other Monday in what could be for the league title.

Mesa Ridge 7, Widefield 2

At Widefield: Dalton Bishop led the Grizzlies (9-8, 7-0 4A CSML) with four RBIs and Jarod Morris, Cameron Reinsch and Bobby Bustillons each drove in one as Mesa Ridge kept pace with Canon City for the league title.

Bishop also earned the win on the mound after pitching four innings in which he struck out three and didn't give up a run. Isaiah Grima and Jarred Hutchison each had an RBI for Widefield (7-12, 4-4).

The Grizzlies will face Liberty on Friday before the matchup against Canon City on Monday.

Sierra 15, Mitchell 6, 5 innings

At Mitchell: Sierra rattled off 19 hits to Mitchell's eight as the Stallions (3-13, 2-6 4A CSML) beat the Marauders (6-11, 2-6) on Thursday. Adrian Montes pitched all five innings for Sierra and struck out five in the process.

Peyton 24, Ellicott 0, 5 innings

At Ellicott: The Panthers (18-0, 10-0 2A District 8) head into the postseason with a perfect record after beating the Thunderhawks (2-12, 1-9) easily in Peyton’s highest scoring game this year. The Panthers are ranked No. 1 in the 2A RPI rankings.

Rupert Shaw led the Panthers with six RBIs, Caleb Yutzy had four and Zach Keifer and Tyler Walker both drove in three. The Panthers had five doubles and one triple on Thursday.

 

GIRLS' SOCCER

Valor Christian 4, Rampart 0

At Valor Christian: The Rams held the Eagles, who are ranked No. 1 in the RPI, without a goal in the first half on Thursday night, but Valor scored four in the second and Rampart couldn't answer in the Rams' regular season finale.

The Rams, who share the 5A CSML title with Doherty and Pine Creek after all three teams went 5-1 in league, entered the day ranked No. 28 in the RPI. The top 32 teams earn playoff berths. The RPI rankings were set to be updated late Thursday night.

Fountain Valley 5, Evangelical Christian Academy 3

At Fountain Valley: Isabella Montoya had a hat trick and assisted on two other goals as the Pikes Peak region 3A and below No. 2 Danes (10-4, 4-0 2A Region 1) remained undefeated in league play with the win over ECA (8-5, 3-2).

McKenna Monk and Ani Love also scored for the Danes, who wrapped up the league title with one regular season game remaining against Florence on Saturday.

Fountain Valley is ranked No. 8 in the RPI and ECA is No. 4.

Palmer Ridge 2, Green Mountain 0

At Don Breese Stadium: Sara Miller and Kelsea Douglas each scored for the Bears (7-8) who were ranked No. 25 in the 4A RPI standings before the matchup against the Rams (7-7).

Bears coach Nick Odil said all nine seniors had "good minutes" on Thursday, which was senior night at Palmer Ridge in the Bears' regular season finale. Ali Tobey had 10 saves for the Bears.

Vista Ridge 7, Pueblo East 1

At Dutch Clark Stadium: The Wolves (3-11- 1) ended the season with a big win over the Eagles (6-9) after scoring three goals in the first half and adding four more in the second.

Pueblo West 9, Mitchell 1

At Mitchell: The Cyclones (7-7-1) scored four goals in the first half and added five in the second to defeat the Marauders (2-13) handily.

Doherty 4, Douglas County 3

At Doherty: The Pikes Peak region 5A No. 2 Spartans (8-6) ended the regular season with a nonconference win after outscoring the Huskies (3-12) 2-1 in the second half.

Mykiaa Minniss had a hat-trick for the fourth time this season to lead the Spartans with 18 regular season goals. Taylor Cosgrove scored the other goal for Doherty. Riley Furbush had nine saves. 

GIRLS' LACROSSE

Centaurus 11, Air Academy 10

At Centaurus: Pikes Peak region No. 1 Air Academy (9-4), ranked No. 12 in RPI, lost a close nonconference matchup against Centaurus (11-4), ranked No. 11 in RPI.

Whitney Moran led the Kadets with four goals, while Jessica Cox and Sam Valtin each scored twice. Payton Romines had 11 saves in the net.

Cheyenne Mountain 19, Liberty 3

At Cheyenne Mountain: Madelyn Lewis scored five goals to lead the Indians (10-4, 4-2 5A Southern) in a rout of Liberty (5-8, 3-4). Rylie Maready and Jolie Gilbreth each scored three for the Indians, and Nicole Beaulieu and Mallory Hybl scored two apiece.

The Indians are ranked No. 16 in the RPI and Liberty is 34th. The Indians will face rival Air Academy on Saturday at Air Academy in the regular season finale.

 

BOYS' SWIMMING

Discovery Canyon 104, Pueblo Central 27

At Discovery Canyon: The Thunder (4-2) beat the Wildcats (0-5-1) handily after winning every event on Thursday.

Dylan Harris won the 100-yard backstroke in 1 minute, 2.64 seconds, more than one minute faster than Pueblo Central's Patrick Walsh (2:09.10).

Brendan Byrnes won the diving competition, Brian Hobbs win the 50 freestyle in 25.21 seconds, Adam Vogt won the 100 freestyle, Andrew Jeseritz won the 100 breaststroke, Tyler Freeman won the 200 freestyle and Braden Whitmarsh won the 200 individual medley.

Doherty 106, Palmer 78

At Palmer: The Terrors (0-6, 0-6 5A CSML) won seven of the 12 events, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Spartans (2-5, 2-4).

The Terrors won the 200-yard medley relay, the 200 freestyle, the 100 butterfly, the 100 freestyle, the 200 freestyle relay, the 100 backstroke and the 100 breaststroke.

Billy Wallisch did his part to help Palmer with wins in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle, and he was also a part of the Terrors' two relay wins. Charles Sturgeon also finished with two individual wins for Palmer in the 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle and also helped both winning relay teams.

Gavin Frisch won the 50 and 500 freestyle races for the Spartans and was also a part of the winning 400 freestyle relay team.

 

GIRLS' TENNIS

Regionals

4A

Region 6

At Cheyenne Mountain: The host Indians led the field with 56 points after the first day of regionals.

Cheyenne Mountain players will play in each of the finals on Friday and will face Lewis-Palmer player's in all three of the singles matches. Morgan Hall will face Lewis-Palmer's Emma Gaydos in No. 1 singles,

Cory Patton Lossner will face Lewis-Palmer's Joee Crocker in No. 2 singles and Claire Dibble will face the Rangers' Austynn Crocker in No. 3 singles.

Cheyenne Mountain's Nos. 1, 2 and 3 doubles teams will all face Coronado. The Indians' No. 4 doubles team will face Lewis-Palmer.

BOYS' LACROSSE

Pine Creek 10, Windsor 9, 2 OT

At Pine Creek: Both the Eagles (8-7) and the Wizards (8-7) scored in every quarter and needed two overtime periods to decide the outcome. The Eagles came out on top to end the regular season on a three-game win streak.

The Eagles were ranked No. 28 in the RPI rankings ahead of Thursday’s win.