Thursday's prep roundup: Palmer Ridge spoils first TCA home baseball game

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BASEBALL

Palmer Ridge 9, TCA 0

At TCA: Nathan Gishwiller tossed a complete-game three-hit shutout as Palmer Ridge blanked TCA in the Titans' first on-campus game in school history.

"It was a great atmosphere and wonderful experience," Titans coach Cory Monroe said. "The stadium isn't done, but we had a packed house all the way around, probably a good 200, 300 people. We had quite a few up in the bleachers in right-center up on the hill."

The Bears took advantage of seven TCA errors and broke open a one-run game by scoring five runs in the sixth inning.

Cheyenne Mountain 11, Elizabeth 7

At Cheyenne Mountain: Ryan Schneider drove in four runs, Christian Buckler legged out two triples and scored four runs, and Everett Dwyer tossed five innings of effective relief as Cheyenne Mountain held off Elizabeth.

Dwyer spelled starter Matthew Smith, who ran into trouble in the third as the Cardinals scored four times to trim the Indians' lead to 6-5.

Cheyenne Mountain responded with a four-run third for a 10-5 advantage.

Dwyer allowed five hits and two unearned runs while striking out six.

Lewis-Palmer 14, Pueblo Centennial 4

At Runyon Field: Zach Finkill went 3 for 3, and every starter had at least one hit as Lewis-Palmer scored five runs in the first inning in a rout of Pueblo Centennial.

The Rangers added two runs in the second and third inning and five in the seventh.

Jason Shuger earned the win for Lewis-Palmer, allowing two runs and striking out seven in four innings.

Falcon 7, Widefield 1

At Widefield: Reece Lieby went 2 for 3 in a losing effort as Widefield fell behind early in a loss to Falcon.

Falcon scored twice in the first inning off Gladiators starter Brennan Heitz and, after a Widefield run in the second cut the deficit to 2-1, added three more in the fifth to break the game open.

Evergreen 11, Fountain-Fort Carson 7

At Fountain-Fort Carson: Jarren Sly homered and doubled for Fountain-Fort Carson, but three errors led to six unearned runs in the Trojans' season-opening loss to Evergreen.

Ryan Stratton had two RBIs for the Trojans, who cut into a five-run deficit with two runs in the fourth and fifth innings to make it a 7-6 Cougars' lead but got no closer.

Sierra 9, Florence 1

At Sierra: Adrian Montes had four hits and three RBIs and also struck out nine to lead Sierra past Florence.

Brock Girling and Xavier Brown had two hits apiece for the Stallions, who led 2-1 after four innings but scored three runs in the fifth and four in the seventh to blow it open.

Coronado at Vista Ridge, ppd.

A scheduling mistake prompted the rescheduling of the season opener for host Vista Ridge and Coronado to 4 p.m. Friday at the Wolves' home field.

The umpire request was reportedly filed incorrectly so no officials knew to show up for Thursday's originally scheduled game. Both teams and their fans arrived with the nonconference contest called shortly after 4 p.m.

 

GIRLS' SOCCER

Sierra 3, James Irwin 2

At James Irwin: Sierra took a one-goal lead into halftime and added another in the second half as the Stallions broke a 41-game winless streak by edging James Irwin.

Sierra's last win came on April 23, 2013 against Wasson.

TCA 2, Kent Denver 1

At Englewood: Senior Hannah Burgo scored along with Trinity Harvey, a freshman, as TCA took down reigning 3A state champ Kent Denver.

Nishayla Roitsch and Karlee Hendricks added assists for the Titans, who went 13-2-2 last season but had their season cut short in the second round of the 4A playoffs.

Canon City 3, Salida 1

At Canon City: Taylor Roberts scored twice and Macy French added another - all in the first half - as Canon City downed Salida.

Lizzy McCalla stopped five of six shots for the Tigers.

Pueblo East 6, Woodland Park 4

At Pueblo East: Woodland Park scored three times in the first half but couldn't keep up in the second in a season-opening loss to Pueblo East.

Elise Lafever, Samantha Lecky, Maia Pappadakis and Sara Proffett scored for the Panthers, who reached halftime tied at 3.

Cheyenne Mountain 4, Liberty 0

At Cheyenne Mountain: Piper Negaard gave Cheyenne Mountain an early lead with a goal in the 12th minute and later assisted on another as the Indians avenged their only loss to Liberty by blanking the Lancers.

Liberty scored a 4-1 win over the Indians last March 16, breaking a six-game losing streak in the series that dates back to the 2009 season.

Lauren Jones, Carly Fetters and Marissa Dowlin also scored for Cheyenne Mountain, a 4A quarterfinalist a season ago.

 

BOYS' SWIMMING AND DIVING

Lewis-Palmer 116, Coronado 69

At the Country Club at Woodmoor: Breck Donahue (200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke) and NIck Orie (500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke) each scored two individual victories, and Lewis-Palmer swept all three relay events as the Rangers took first in 11 of the day's 12 events. Kieran Lynch claimed the title in the 100 butterfly for Coronado.

 

GIRLS' TENNIS

Air Academy 5, Coronado 2

At Air Academy: Cori Campbell and Molly Matheson scored straight-set singles victories, and three of Air Academy's doubles teams emerged victorious as the Kadets downed Coronado. Bethany Heitland gave the Cougars a win at No. 2 singles in a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Ioana Dumitru.