Discovery Canyon 5, Vista Ridge 3
At Vista Ridge: For the third time in five seasons, Discovery Canyon claimed the league title. The Pikes Peak region 4A/3A No. 1 Thunder (12-5, 7-0 5A/4A PPAC) clinched the 5A/4A PPAC title with the win over 5A No. 1 Vista Ridge (10-7-1, 5-2). All three times that Discovery Canyon has won the league title, the team has gone undefeated in league play. Discovery Canyon also won league in 2012 and 2013.
The Wolves led 2-1 after four innings, but the Thunder answered with three runs in the fifth and Vista Ridge could never catch up.
“I think obviously we knew coming in that we were playing for the PPAC championship, so that always sets up a big game and a little bit of nerves,” Discovery Canyon coach Tanya Ramsay said. “(The girls) continued to fight and to play. We’ve really been talking to our team about playing a true seven innings and they did that.”
Larissa Lum led all players with three RBIs for the Thunder and pitcher Corah Price struck out seven and gave up three earned runs for the win.
Sophomore Chloe Ewing took the loss but fought hard offensively to lead the Wolves with two RBIs.
Discovery Canyon has outscored opponents 124-26 in wins this season. Ramsay said each game is a clean slate for the team and the girls go into each game knowing that they need to play the best softball that they are capable of playing, which the Thunder will focus on through the remaining of the regular season and heading into playoffs.
Discovery Canyon has two games left in the regular season, both of which are against nonleague opponents.
“Our goal now is taking care of these nonleague games and taking care of our record to help us for seeding,” Ramsay said.
Regional tournaments begin Oct. 15.
Falcon 13, Sand Creek 0 (5)
At Sand Creek: The Falcons (9-9, 4-3 5A/4A PPAC) led 5-0 after two innings and then scored eight runs in the fourth inning to end this one after five. The Scorpions (3-13, 0-7) had six errors.
Sophomore Sam Hermosio led the Falcons with three RBIs and three other players each had three. Sophomore pitcher Taylor Striebel struck out 10 batters and gave up just three hits and no runs to earn the victory.
Stats for Sand Creek were not available.
Palmer Ridge vs. Lewis-Palmer ppd., 8 inn.
At Lewis-Palmer: The game between the Rangers (8-9, 1-4 5A/4A PPAC) and the Bears (9-7, 1-5) was postponed after eight innings with the scored tied at 15. The game will pick up where it left off at a later date that is to be determined, according to a tweet sent by Rangers athletics.
Mitchell 5, Mesa Ridge 2
At Garry Berry Stadium: The Marauders (3-5, 2-0 4A CSML) led 3-2 at the half and scored twice in the second half to put the game out of reach for the Grizzlies (2-8, 1-2).
KATIE O'KEEFE, THE GAZETTE