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Softball: Holy Family redemption spoiled by lightning
Softball: Holy Family redemption spoiled by lightning

The Holy Family Tigers will have to wait a little longer to get their revenge on Valley.

The much-anticipated rematch of last year’s Class 3A semifinals — won 3-1 by the Vikings — was in the bottom of the fifth when the game was halted due to lightning with Valley leading 1-0. After a few more strikes closer to the school, both coaches agreed to suspend the game until a later date.

“We weren’t going to risk injury to our pitchers,” said Holy Family coach Glen Ramos of the mutual decision between he and Valley coach Kevin Miles. “And furthermore risk anything happening to all the fans.”

Holy Family athletic director Ben Peterson said no make-up date has been announced.

The Tigers (2-0), ranked No. 3 in the preseason poll released by the Colorado High School Activities Association, fell behind in the first inning. Junior pitcher Macy Cox gave up a run-scoring double to Vikings cleanup hitter Kelsey Ray that plated Trinity Harrington for the game’s only run.

“They earned it,” Ramos said. “You can’t leave it up and over the middle to good hitting teams, that’s what they do. You make that mistake, they capitalize on that mistake.”

Cox didn’t seem to let the run bother her. She settled down and only allowed three soft singles after the first that didn’t move past first base.

The Holy Family bats were stifled by Harrington, who was topping out in the mid-60’s for the second-ranked Vikings in their first game. It was something the Tigers’ hitters were familiar with, and they will have eight more outs to try and figure her out.

Harrington struck out nine in the 4.1 innings she pitched and allowed only a bloop double to Alexandra Jaros in the third inning. Jaros advanced to third on Haley Draudt’s groundout, but was left there after Grace Petersen struck out.

“We know all about Trinity, she can throw and is a very accomplished pitcher,” said Ramos of the Colorado State University commit. “This sets the bar right where we want it to be and this really helps our kids.”

Holy Family was playing its third game in as many days after opening the season with back-to-back wins over Mullen and Peak to Peak on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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