Ten teams from the BoCoPreps.com coverage area entered the softball regional tournaments over the weekend. Eight advanced to this weekend’s state tournament in Aurora.
Erie, Frederick, Holy Family and Mead celebrated regional titles, winning straight games inside their four-team tournaments. Broomfield, Legacy, Lyons and Peak to Peak earned the second-qualifying spot out of their regions. All will be at a two-day tournament at Aurora Sports Park starting Friday.
Boulder and Silver Creek were eliminated.
Below is a quick recap of each team’s regional run.
The No. 32 Panthers, after winning their first league title in 25 years, lost both games in 4A Region 1 Friday, ending their season.
Our season has come to an end but our heads are high. This was a special season for us and one we’re proud of. A very big thank you to our seniors who stayed the course & helped us grow. Thank you to all of the parents, fans, & staff for showing the love!
Go panthers!💜🤌🏼 pic.twitter.com/ERBHL7mwHf
— Boulder HS Softball (@Bouldersoftball) October 15, 2022
No. 1 Lutheran scored 14 runs in the opening inning and didn’t allow a hit in a three-inning 15-0 victory.
No. 16 Palmer Ridge got RBIs from eight different players in a 13-3 win in the second round. Channing Wheeler drove in two and Annali Langenegger had two hits for Boulder in the loss.
Tattered in the fingerprints of its dynamic freshman class, the eighth-ranked team in 5A bounced back from an 18-3 loss to No. 9 Horizon to beat No. 24 Rock Canyon in advancing out of Region 2 Saturday.
Eagle softball is going to state! Proud of you! pic.twitter.com/UgjdX0upcM
— Broomfield Athletics (@Eagle_athletics) October 15, 2022
Freshman Lauren Martinez homered and senior Caylie Eiguren drove in three in a 9-2 win over No. 25 Liberty to open the tournament. Following the Eagles’ most lopsided loss of the season, they then got 4 1/3 shutout innings from freshman Ireland Heer and three more RBIs from fellow-frosh Avery Gines in a six-inning 12-2 win over the Jaguars.
This will be their fifth straight trip to the 5A state tournament.
Ace Gracie Sackett continued her dominance from the pitching circle, throwing eight no-hit innings over two games as the No. 5 Tigers won the 5A Region 3 title Friday.
🚨Your Regional Champs just punched their ticket to STATE!!!!! Aurora Sports Park here we come, Erie you coming with us ? @ErieHSAthletics @TigersPrincipal @BoCoPreps @ColoHSSoftball @echohawk21 #21ways#aurorainoctober
— Erie HS Softball (@ErieTigersSB) October 14, 2022
Addie Osborne had two hits and drove in four, while Renee Laczkowski had three hits and brought in three in a 14-4 opening-round win over No. 28 Heritage.
Molly Nelson had three hits and drove in three in an 8-2 final over No. 12 Fossil Ridge, stretching the state’s longest winning streak to 21 games.
Frederick Golden Eagles
Makenzie Sais, already among the nation’s leaders in stolen bases this season, was off and running again Friday.
The senior had six hits over two games and the Golden Eagles won 4A Region 3, punching their ticket to the state postseason for a third straight year.
Congratulations to @fhsfastpitch for winning the 4A CHSAA Region 3. Best of luck at state Golden Eagles! @SVVSDsupt @SVVSDdeputy @goSVVSD @Sportsland @CHSAA @BoCoPreps @Frederick_HS pic.twitter.com/L50TslchLf
— FHS Golden Eagles (@GoldenEaglesFHS) October 14, 2022
In an 11-6 win over Wheat Ridge in the opening round, Nagy allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings and Avery Salisbury drove in three.
In a 12-2 regional title win over Pueblo West, ace Haley Howell allowed two runs across five innings and drove in four. Nagy drove in three.
Holy Family Tigers
Isabella Arroyo and Emmaline Humphreys dominated inside the circle, Arroyo and Makaila Moosbrugger each hit for the cycle over two games and the No. 2 Tigers breezed through 4A Region 8.
Moosbrugger sent a a two-run shot and Arroyo tripled in a four-inning 13-0 win over No. 31 Falcon, then the roles reversed as each drove in two in a 10-1 win over No. 15 Pueblo County.
That moment when you know that you had a good homerun is when you break the seems of the ball. pic.twitter.com/JBcHwcEcez
— Isabella Arroyo (@Isabell92933222) October 14, 2022
Arroyo, the reigning BoCoPreps.com player of the year, allowed three hits in seven combined innings and finished with four RBIs. Freshman Humphreys allowed one unearned run across four frames in her regional debut.
The 20-seed Lightning beat No. 13 Grand Junction Central twice in 5A Region 4 over the weekend to punch their ticket to the state tournament for a seventh straight season.
Ayana Goodwin pitched her way to two wins and drove in five runs in a state qualifying 15-7 win against the Warriors.
Earlier, Kate Walker and Jordyn Heronimus homered in the opening 11-2 victory over GJ Central before the Lightning fell to defending champ No. 4 Legend in the regional title game.
Ceci Chiaravalle sent the Lions to the state tournament, striking out 16 in a 6-2 victory over Montezuma-Cortez in 3A Region 5.
These girls are state bound! Congrats @LyonsLionsCO Softball - Regional Runner-up! 🥎🦁 We are proud of you. #PowerofthePride @goSVVSD @julievasquez @BoCoPreps @CHSAA @BuchlerStVrain @SVVSDsupt @SVVSDdeputy pic.twitter.com/K7dvswqBkO
— Lyons Middle Senior High School (@LyonsLionsCO) October 16, 2022
Chiaravalle continued her season-long herculean effort in the pitching circle Saturday, allowing just two runs to a high-powered offense from Cortez. The junior has 252 strikeouts this season, second-most in the state.
They lost to No. 2 Brush in the regional title game.
One of the other most dominant pitching lines of the entire regional tournament belonged to Mead’s Joslynn Veltien. The senior threw a combined 12 shutout innings and struck out 17 over two games to lead the No. 7 Mavericks to a 4A Region 7 title.
— MeadMavericks (@MeadHS) October 15, 2022
Veltien allowed two hits through five scoreless innings in an 11-0 win over No. 26 Northridge to open the tournament. Then just five hits across seven sparkling innings in a 3-0 win over No. 10 Golden.
Veltien has allowed just two earned runs over her last 44 innings.
Mary Kathryn Dusza had six RBIs in the tournament.
Peak to Peak Pumas
Sophomore Maggie Wallis homered for one of her three hits, freshman Karina Lefort drove in three and the 22nd-ranked Pumas upset No. 11 Wiley at 3A Region 8 to punch their second straight trip to the state tournament.
Leah Legeer added two hits and two RBIs in the opening-game win. The Pumas lost to No. 6 Fort Lupton in the region final.
Silver Creek Raptors
Senior Delaney Granger ended her high school career with a bang, even as the 27th-ranked Raptors fell in straight games at 4A Region 6.
Granger homered and drove in all her team’s runs in a 9-3 loss to No. 6 Elizabeth. She brought home another run in a 11-4 loss to No. 11 Roosevelt, giving her 29 RBIs to end the season.
Kelly Young also had four hits in the tournament, driving in three.