Sports roundup

Baseball and girls lacrosse

Jim Benton
jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/21/21

Mountain Vista is the only unbeaten team in the Class 5A, double elimination baseball state tournament after the Golden Eagles scored 10 runs in the third inning on June 19 to defeat Valor …

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Sports roundup

Baseball and girls lacrosse

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Mountain Vista is the only unbeaten team in the Class 5A, double elimination baseball state tournament after the Golden Eagles scored 10 runs in the third inning on June 19 to defeat Valor Christian,14-3.

Ponderosa is unbeaten in the Class 3A tournament in Pueblo after the Mustangs collected a 14-11 win over Holy Family on June 19.

And Lutheran has a loss but is still alive in the Class 3A state tourney being held at Frederick High School.

The Golden Eagles (16-4) will play Fairview (16-4) in a 9:30 a.m. semifinal game June 24 at All-Star Park while Valor Christian (16-4) will face Fort Collins (16-5) in a 1:30 p.m. elimination game on June 24.

The Golden Eagles, the 2018 state champs, will have to lose two games in the tournament which continues on June 25 to not win the state championship.

Ponderosa scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to remain undefeated in the Class 4A tournament and the Mustangs (18-2) will have to wait to see which team they will play on June 26 knowing they will have to be beaten twice.

Lutheran (19-1) will face Faith Christian (16-3) at 10 am. on June 25 in a game that will determine which team continues to play.

The state Class 5A baseball tournament this season is a little unusual without two of the perennial state contenders not in the eight-team, double elimination tourney.

Cherry Creek, an eight-time state champion, and 2019 winner and three-time champ Regis Jesuit were eliminated in regional state playoff games on June 15.

Valor’s Radek Birkholz limited Creek to one hit in five innings and got three hits himself in a 10-0 victory over the Bruins in the Region 8 title game. Legacy downed Regis, 7-3, to win the Region 4 title.

In other 5A regional contests, Heritage scored in the bottom of the ninth inning on Christian Ramirez’ run batten in for a 1-0 win over Rock Canyon in the Region 1 championship game.

Heritage downed Fairview 8-1 in the first game of the double elimination state tournament but then lost 11-7 to Mountain Vista and 6-5 to Fort Collins.

Mountain Vista’s Canon Humphreys had three RBI in a 10-0 victory over Brighton in the finals of the Region 3 meet. Brighton had advanced with a 10-4 victory over Legend.

Ponderosa secured a 6-1 triumph over Golden in the last game of the Class 4A Region 7 tournament. Carson Corant was 3-for-3 and scored three runs for the Mustangs while Derek Lukes allowed just two hits in seven innings of work.

Lutheran whipped Delta, 10-3, to win the Class 3A, Region 1 tournament. The Lions’ Dorian Pacheco had three hits, two RBI and scored twice.

Girls Lacrosse

Semifinal games are set for June 21 with Colorado Academy (11-0) going against ThunderRidge (11-1) and Regis Jesuit (8-4) facing Valor Christian (10-1).Winners will advance to the June 23 championship game.

In quarterfinal matches played on June 19, Colorado Academy whipped Air Academy, 19-3, and ThunderRidge knocked off perennial power Cherry Creek, 13-12. Regis Jesuit defeated Fairview, 11-7, and Eliza Osburn had five goals in Valor’s 17-7 triumph over Kent Denver.

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