Palmer Ridge 4, Pueblo West 3
At Pueblo West: There was no time to look toward the future with the game on the line.
Palmer Ridge coach Gregory Moviel sent sophomore pitcher Charlie Deeds to the mound to close out the 2016 4A runner-up Cyclones (1-1) in the seventh up 4-3. And Deeds, who was projected to start Thursday, got out of a two-man on, one-out jam to send the Bears (2-0) to their second straight victory.
"You tell that kid he's pitching, he'll go out anytime you want him to," the first-year coach said. "So that was awesome."
The Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the fourth, but the Cyclones scored three heading into the seventh. They then put the tying and winning run on first and second before Deeds retired the final two batters on a fly out and a soft grounder.
After the marquee win, Moviel, who is the son-in-law to Air Force women's basketball coach Chris Gobrecht, downplayed what the win meant going forward.
"It's just fun to be at a level to compete," Moviel said. "Honestly, we don't have any expectations this season just because I'm so new to the area."
Starter Bryan Boatman went five innings and allowed three runs to earn the win. He struck out seven, walked three and allowed just two hits.
Sam Britton pitched a scoreless sixth inning and drove in a run for the Bears. Bridger Haven, Beau Stamper and Ben Kleinsmith also drove in a run.
Rock Canyon 11, Pine Creek 1, 5 innings
At Pine Creek: It was a rough opener for The Gazette's 5A No. 1 team.
Rock Canyon starter Matt Givin threw a two-hitter and the Jaguars (4-0) pounded out 11 runs to beat the Eagles (0-1) in run-rule affair.
Jay Onken had an RBI single in the first inning for the Eagles' lone run.
Manitou Springs 7, Kent Denver 1
At Manitou Springs: Davyn Adamscheck had three hits and drove in a pair of runs, Dylan Hickox added three more RBIs, and The Gazette 3A No. 1 Mustangs (1-0) beat Kent Denver (1-1) in their home opener.
Freshman starter Joey Allen tossed five innings and struck out seven while allowing just one run to earn his first victory. Senior Sean Whalen threw two scoreless innings in relief.
The Mustangs outhit the Sun Devils 11-3.
Fountain-Fort Carson 14, Widefield 4
At Fountain-Fort Carson: Manny Ortega drove in three runs as Fountain-Fort Carson (1-1) slugged past Widefield (0-3) for its first win.
Will Shelton, Riley Orcutt, and Jarren Sly added two RBIs apiece for The Gazette's 5A No. 2 Trojans, while Trevor Kramer finished the day 4 for 4 from the plate.
The Trojans scored eight runs in the second inning to take a 9-3 lead and never looked back.
Isaiah Grima tripled and scored a run for the Gladiators.
Lewis-Palmer 8, Doherty 6
At Lewis-Palmer: Christian Holden drove in three runs and Billy Cook tossed in two RBIs as the Rangers (2-1) beat the Spartans (0-4).
Lewis-Palmer, The Gazette's No. 2 ranked team in 4A, scored seven runs in the fourth to take a 7-1 lead and held on from there.
Starter Jason Shuger threw five innings and allowed four runs to improve to 2-0 on the year. JT Grizzell added three hits and is 4 for 6 from the plate this season.
Peyton 21, Evangelical Christian Academy 6, 5 innings
At ECA: Tyler Walker homered and drove in four runs as Gazette 3A No. 3 Peyton (1-0, 1-0 2A District 8) beat ECA (1-1, 0-1).
Zach Keifer and Tyler Redmond each added three RBIs for the Panthers, who will face the Eagles again Thursday.
Zach Perry and Jacob Kim each drove in two runs for ECA.
Canon City 7, Pueblo County 5
At Pueblo County: Michael Hawver doubled and drove in a pair of runs as Canon City (1-0) beat Pueblo County (1-2).
Branson Simms, Bailey McBride and Jarett Koch also drove in a run in the victory.
Air Academy 15, Roosevelt 1, 5 innings
At Air Academy: Micah Bregard had three hits and drove in three runs, Nick Weber tripled twice and also had three RBIs, and Air Academy (2-0) cruised past Roosevelt (1-1).
The Kadets scored five in the second inning and 10 in the third.
Vista Ridge 9, Liberty 7
At Liberty: Liberty (0-3) scored six times in the seventh inning before Vista Ridge (1-1) finally shut things down.
The Wolves led 9-0 going into the bottom of the sixth.
Sam Schafer and Ryan Ebbens each had three hits and an RBI for the Wolves.
Chris Smith and Tyler Fisher both drove in two runs for the Lancers.
Falcon 18, Elizabeth 6
At Elizabeth: Spencer Scamman drove in four runs as Falcon (2-0) beat Elizabeth (2-2).
Brevin Owen, Brock Owen, Kody Sellers and Darrian Escobar-Winter each had two RBIs for the Falcons.
Discovery Canyon 3, Pueblo West 1
At Pueblo West: Alexandra Palmer is at it again.
Palmer, who also does track and field, scored three unanswered goals in the second half as Discovery Canyon (2-1) beat Pueblo West (1-2).
In her previous two seasons, Palmer has tallied 39 goals and eight assists.
"Goal scorers score," Thunder co-coach Andy Liddle said. "That's what they do and that's what she's been able to hang her hat on."
Keeper Mackenzie Seitz, meanwhile, stopped 10 shots for her second victory of the season.
Pine Creek 2, Rock Canyon 1
At Shea Stadium: Backup keeper Hailey Jordan has filled in nicely for starter Jade Odom, who is recovering from appendicitis.
Jordan stopped five shots and Myah Isais scored the game-winning goal in the 50th minute as 5A No. 1 Pine Creek (2-0) beat Rock Canyon (0-2).
"I think it was a great win for us," Pine Creek coach John Frederick said. "They made us work for everything we got."
Manitou Springs 8, Woodland Park 0
At Woodland Park: Brooklyn Mack scored three times as Manitou Springs (0-1) beat Woodland Park (0-3).
Olivia McKenna added two goals and Bridget Bodor had a goal and two assists for the Mustangs. Monique Heiniger made two saves to record her 23rd career shutout.
The Panthers have been outscored 23-4 in their first three games this season.
Widefield 1, Fountain-Fort Carson 0
At C.A. Foster Stadium: Widefield (1-1) beat Fountain-Fort Carson (0-1), a nice bounce back from its 10-0 loss to Sand Creek in the season opener.
Senior Myah Jenrich scored in the 37th minute and keeper Kayla Jaramillo stopped 10 shots for the Gladiators. The Trojans were shut out in their season opener for the fourth straight year.
Chatfield 4, Liberty 0
At Chatfield: Rylee Mullen scored twice as the Chargers (1-2) beat the Lancers (0-3). Liberty has yet to score this season.
Legacy 6, Doherty 0
At Legacy: Grace Armstrong and Erin Hohnstein each had two goals as the Lightning (3-0) beat Gazette 5A No. 2 Doherty (0-1). The Spartans' next game isn't until March 23 against Cheyenne Mountain.
Vista Ridge 2, Coronado 0
At Garry Berry Stadium: Vista Ridge (1-1-1) got its first win of the season against winless Coronado (0-4). The Wolves, who had just two goals through their first two games, scored twice in the first half against the Cougars. Julie Callan stopped 15 shots in the loss.
Broomfield 3, Cheyenne Mountain 0
At Cheyenne Mountain: Hailey Stodden had two goals and an assist, leading Broomfield (2-0) past Cheyenne Mountain (1-2).
The Gazette’s 4A No. 3 team has played two 5A teams and 4A runner-up Valor Christian to start the year.
BOYS' SWIMMING AND DIVING
Pine Creek 128, Palmer 51
At Pine Creek: Ricardo Prado won the 50-yard freestyle (24.47 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (52.36) as Pine Creek (1-0, 1-0 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) beat Palmer (0-1, 0-1) in a dual. The Eagles won nine of the 12 events, including all three relays.
Charles Sturgeon had wins in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.36) and the 200 individual medley (2:13.38) for the Terrors.
Doherty 99, Fountain-Fort Carson 84
At Doherty: Gavin Frisch won the 100 backstroke in 58.44 seconds and had a hand in all three relays that won as Doherty (1-0, 1-0 5A CSML) edged Fountain-Fort Carson (0-1, 0-1) in a dual.
Each team won six events. Keaton Adams added a win the 50 freestyle (24.96) for the Spartans, while Brandon Ryan won the 100 butterfly (1:05.03).
Daniel Palis won the 100 breaststroke (1:11.35) and the 200 IM (2:26.26) for the Trojans, and Brent Keller had wins in the 200 freestyle (2:08.93) and 500 free (5:53.39).