The Lyons baseball team came out firing on all cylinders during their Class 2A regional opener against Byers Tuesday at Peyton High School, but when it came to building upon that for a massive upset against the host Panthers, the Lions couldn’t put a Band-aid on some early-inning wounds, falling in the regional title game, 15-0.
Rafael Ruiz Jr. tallied four hits and drove in five runs as No. 19 seed LHS exacted some revenge on No. 14 Byers, 9-1, in the opener. Just 10 days ago, the Bulldogs had beaten Lyons, 5-3. However, when it came to the neutral-field playoff, Adam Brookes’ dominant seven innings on the hill and Ruiz’ two extra-base hits provided for the upset.
Peyton’s bats were ready for any pitcher the Lions threw out on the mound in the following game. Peyton racked up 11 hits and drew 11 walks, while just striking out twice, which was more than enough as Lyons countered with just three hits.
Lyons finished the season 10-7.
Class 5A state tournament
Monarch lacrosse had a disappointing ending to the regular season, falling to Chaparral by six goals to snap a seven-game win streak last Friday night. However, a full Coyotes roster and deep bench were ready to pounce on Denver East in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament, upending the host Angels by a 10-8 score to improve to 9-2 on the season.
There were no immediate details available on individual scoring, but the No. 9 seed Coyotes pulled away in the second half after the game was tied, 5-5, at halftime. MoHi outscored DEHS 5-2 in the third quarter, added a goal early in the fourth and did a tremendous job of maintaining possession in order to get the win. Denver East finished 6-5, while Monarch will move on to play at No. 1 seed Cherry Creek on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Class 5A state tournament
The Legacy girls went toe-to-toe with top-seeded Valor Christian in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament, keeping their hosts scoreless through the first 56-plus minutes and then finding an equalizer immediately after the Eagles had taken a 1-0 lead. However, in the 63rd minute, VCHS’ Mandy Patrick scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal and the Eagles were able to extend the lead to 3-1 just a short time later, eliminating the Lightning from tournament play and putting LHS with a 8-3 final season record.
Fairview’s girls met the same first-round fate Tuesday night. The No. 14 seed Knights were right at the cusp of upsetting No. 3 Cherry Creek, but the Bruins’ Masen Frey scored about five minutes before halftime and FHS had a goal waved off immediately after in its 1-0 loss at Stutler Bowl. The Knights, which had won three straight games by outscoring opponents 25-1, finished the season 8-3.