The Legacy Lightning escaped Grandview on Monday night at the LHS baseball field, while Front Range League and city rival Broomfield managed to upend Heritage on a nuetral field to earn both teams spots in the Class 5A state tournament, which starts Friday.
Despite a weekend of delays because of weather, the Lightning and Eagles were both at the top of their games Monday. Legacy (23-2) blasted ThunderRidge, 8-0, to open their regional play as Connor Antczak and Kullen Lerma combined on a two-hitter while Braden Hollis drove in two runs. In the nightcap, it was rally time for LHS as it fell behind 4-0 to the Wolves after just one inning. The hosts put together a four-run fifth inning, Brandon Sanchez had three hits, and Kieran Gaffney came on to pitch the seventh inning to record a season-saving save.
Broomfield (16-8) had defeated Far Northeast, 12-3, on Sunday at Mullen High School. Returning on Monday, the Eagles pounded 12 hits and scored four times in the sixth inning to beat the Heritage Eagles, 6-4.
Both teams made last year’s state tournament field, as well. On Friday and Saturday, the first rounds of the eight-team, double-elimination tournament will be split between All-Star Park in Lakewood and All-City Field in Denver. The second weekend will be played entirely at All-City.
Erie sneaks into Class 4A field
The Erie Tigers once sat at 8-6 and on the verge of a busted season. However, a remarkable turnaround saw them go 15-3 in league play overall and EHS rode a wave of momentum into Sunday’s Class 4A regional at Riverdale Ridge High.
As a No. 15 seed in the regional field, the Tigers outslugged Summit and the host Ravens by scores of 15-0 and 8-5 to gain a precious spot in the 4A state tournament, which will be played on Colorado Springs over the next two weekends.
Erie (17-7 overall) saw Dillon Alcouffe go 4-for-4 with four runs scored and four RBI in the win over Summit. Against RRHS, Alcouffe had two more hits while everyone throughout the lineup contributed to a 12-hit attack.
The Tigers, who last made state in 2019, will see their first games of the 2022 tournament played at Spurgeon Field on the campus of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Dawson soccer storms back to 2A championship game
After a grueling stretch to start the season with a new head coach, the Dawson Mustangs built the chemistry needed to get through a moderately challenging Mile High League schedule before hitting the postseason. Once they hit playoffs, the familiar grittiness of Dawson soccer emerged.
Its most recent victory came Monday at Western Colorado University, where a pair of goals in the second half lifted the Mustangs to a 3-2 victory over rival Denver Christian in the Class 2A state semifinals. Helen Leon, Madison Shaw and Kanoe Bihag each scored for Dawson (12-5-1), who will now play Crested Butte in the final Wednesday evening at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.