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Softball notebook: Broomfield, Legacy, Peak to Peak and Lyons bow out

Breena Fiala, of Broomfield, pitches in ...
Breena Fiala of Broomfield pitches in the first game of the Eagles’ Class 5A state tournament Friday in Aurora. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

AURORA — Peak to Peak delivered the biggest upset on Day 1 of the state softball tournaments Friday, then bowed out.

Broomfield and Legacy had late rallies falter in their first-round matchups.

Lyons was overpowered in its 1-vs.-16 matchup.

By the end of the day at Aurora Sports Park, the road to softball gold was cut short for four of the eight local qualifiers. Class 4A No. 2 seed Holy Family, No. 5 Frederick, No. 6 Mead and 5A No. 4 Erie advanced to Saturday’s second day, which includes both semifinals and finals games for all three classifications.

Here’s a look at whose season ended Friday.

Lost in quarterfinals

Peak to Peak Pumas: Freshman Karina Lefort tossed seven sparkling innings and Maggie Wallis drove in a pair as the 15-seed Pumas beat Brush 5-3 in the 3A opener.

Later, they fell to No. 10 Lamar 12-0 in the quarterfinals.

Peak to Peak played postseason Cinderella admirably. A 22 seed in regionals, the Pumas were the lowest ranked team to qualify in the classification when they beat Wiley 7-4 in 3A Region 8.

Against Brush, a team with title aspirations, they were up 5-1 headed into the seventh but needed a game-ending groundout with the tying run at the plate to advance.

The Pumas finished 12-12, second in the 3A Denver Metro League, and qualified for the state tournament for a second straight season.

Lost in first round

Broomfield Eagles: The 5A 10th-ranked Eagles were eliminated in an opening-round 11-9 loss to No. 7 Grandview. Their furious comeback had fallen just short.

The Wolves scored seven runs in the opening inning and led 11-5 headed into the seventh. Chaos ensued.

In the last frame, Ireland Heer hit a three-run shot to trim the deficit to three, Kiley Wheaton followed with a run-scoring single to get even closer. With the bases loaded though, Grandview’s Makayla Valle induced a game-ending groundout.

The Eagles finished the season 21-7, qualifying for the state tournament for a fifth straight season.

Legacy Lightning: Ayana Goodwin allowed two runs — one earned — over six strong innings, but the 5A 15th-ranked Lightning lost to No. 2 Douglas County 2-1 in the opening round.

Goodwin gave up a home run and an RBI single over her first two innings, then allowed just one hit after that.

Kate Walker cut the deficit to 2-1 with a run-scoring double in the fourth. Legacy couldn’t capitalize from there, despite the fact it outhit the Huskies 8-6.

Legacy finished the season 15-12 under first-year coach John Waller, qualifying for the state tournament for a seventh straight year.

Lyons Lions: Ace Ceci Chiaravalle struck out 11 more batters as the Lions lost 8-0 to No. 1 Strasburg in the opening round of the 3A tournament.

Chiaravalle finished her junior season with 263 strikeouts, which was tops in the state after the tournaments’ opening rounds. She also had one of her team’s two hits in the loss.

The Lions, with just 10 players on their MaxPreps roster, finished the season 10-12.

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