The Holy Family softball team won the Class 4A title last fall as the No. 3 seed and as the defending state champions, the Tigers entered the 2019 season ranked No. 1 in the CHSAANow.com poll
With that ranking comes expectation, and at 3-0 the Tigers appear to be doing a solid job of retooling for what they hope is a repeat title-winning season.
“Right now, we still have three or four roster spots open,” Tigers head coach Mitchell Martinez said. “We’re learning and we are still coming together as a team. We’re playing at a pretty good level but hopefully we can continue to grow and keep getting better and better every game.”
The Tigers have faced several tough teams already in No. 7 Wheat Ridge, Mullen and Mead. They outscored their first three opponents of the young campaign 19-7.
Perhaps the biggest question mark surrounding the Tigers was how they would fare after graduating last year’s starting pitcher Erin Caviness, who is now at the University of Northern Colorado. But junior Cassidy Chvatal, who threw just 36.2 innings as a sophomore in 2018 has filled in nicely. She currently has a 2.00 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings on the mound while the Tigers’ lineup is batting .337 with 19 runs scored.
“Cassidy is a tough kid,” Martinez said. “She has a really good mental approach to the game and she always seems to find her way through. She’s been behind Erin for a couple years and she got to learn from a girl who had to overcome some of the same growing pains. She’s got great poise and I’m super excited about the way she’s throwing for us.”
The Tigers are back in action on Friday when they host Thomas Jefferson.
Peak to Peak’s Ledden takes fifth with Team USA
Making his international mountain running debut, Peak to Peak senior William Ledden placed 21st with a time of 18 minutes, 10 seconds at the WMRA U18 International Mountain Running Youth Cup in Susa, Italy. His contribution helped the Team USA boys place fifth overall as a team.
“I had fun during the race,” Ledden told MileSplit.com. “It was a little scary seeing a runner fall off the course at a narrow section of the trail. One thing I learned is that I can be more aggressive. Even so, the culture of this mountain running in Italy is amazing. This experience makes me hungry for cross country races this fall.”
Longmont’s Angeline Mitchell throws perfect game
This past Saturday was a good one for Longmont Trojans pitcher Angeline Mitchell. In an 11-0 win over Greeley West, Mitchell threw a perfect game, setting down all 15 batters she faced and striking out three in the feat.
Mitchell is also batting .818 (9-for-11) on the season.
Silver Creek boys tennis is off to a good start with a 2-0 record in duals and has lost just two matches out of 14 played so far… Skyline softball’s Samantha Powell is batting .900 (9 for 10) through four games… Erie softball’s Ashlee Lovett has nine hits in her first 14 plate appearances of 2019… Peak to Peak freshman Alena Carpenter has eight hits through the first 14 plate appearances of her prep career… Erie volleyball’s Kate Sebesta is seventh in 4A with a .222 hitting percentage… Holy Family golfer Jacob Mason is averaging 69.3 strokes per round and has won two Tri-Valley League events… Frederick’s Jake Chesler finished runner-up at the Walt Clark Invitational on Wednesday, losing in a scorecard playoff. Longmont’s Adam Gannon was third at 1-over… Centaurus soccer’s Christian Nunez is second in Colorado with 11 points. He had four goals and three assists in the Warriors’ season opener, a 10-0 win over Riverdale Ridge.