Softball: Loveland stops Cherokee Trail in 5A state first round

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AURORA | Cherokee Trail rain into a buzzsaw in the opening round of the Class 5A state softball tournament, falling to hot-hitting Loveland 13-1 in five innings at the Aurora Sports Park.

Seeded 13th in the 16th-team field, the Cougars drew the task of stopping the second-best offense in the state in the fourth-seeded Indians, who scored 29 runs in two games a week earlier at regionals.

Three Cherokee Trail pitchers couldn’t keep Loveland down, as the Indians pounded out 16 hits in a 13-1 victory in five innings, sending them on to a quarterfinal matchup against the Cougars’ Centennial League rival — 12th-seeded Grandview, a 4-3 upset winner over No. 5 Arvada West.

Cherokee Trail got off to a strong start with a run in the top of the first inning, as Morgan Worthington doubled off Loveland starter Cassidy Smith and scored on a sacrifice fly from Darian Higens.

The Indians answered right back, however, as Smith launched the first of two home runs on the day off Cherokee Trail starter Christian Bobian as part of a five-run rally.

Loveland added three more runs in the second inning and Smith’s 3-run homer was part of another 5-run rally in the third inning to give the Indians the runs they needed to invoke the mercy rule after five innings. Taylor Leill and Kayla Mashburn couldn’t stop Loveland’s offense as they followed Bobian to the mound.

Coach Dick Hormann’s Cherokee Trail team finished 16-7 overall.

Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555

CLASS 5A STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

Oct. 19 at the Aurora Sports Park

FIRST ROUND

Loveland 13, Cherokee Trail 1 (5)

Score by inning (r-h-e):

Cherokee Trail  100 00 — 1     1  0

Loveland            535 00 — 13  16  2

CHEROKEE TRAIL (ab-r-h-rbi)

Morgan Worthington lf 2-1-1-0, Emily Sparks c 1-0-0-0, Darian Higens 3b 1-0-0-0, Lyndsey Knabenshue ss 2-0-0-0, Chelsea Clay dp 2-0-0-0, Zoe Hinton 1b 2-0-0-0, Sara Runia 2b 2-0-0-0, Miranda Davis 1-0-0-0, Savanna Ott 2-0-0-0. Totals 15-1-1-0. Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Christian Bobian (L, 3-8-5-5-0-2), Taylor Leill (2/3-2-3-3-1-0), Kayla Mashburn (1 1/3-6-5-5-3-1).

LOVELAND (ab-r-h-rbi)

Tes Hass 3-2-2-0, Cassidy Smith 4-2-2-5, Maria Preciado 3-0-1-1, Bradee Bakovich 2-0-1-1, Holly Posegate 3-0-2-1, Bradey King 3-2-2-1, Colissa Bakovich 3-2-1-0, Annika Anderson 3-2-2-2, Addie Coldiron 4-2-2-2, Braxton Morby 0-1-0-0. Totals 32-13-15-13. Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Smith (5-1-1-1-0-1).

2B — Cherokee Trail: Morgan Worthington; Loveland: Bradey King 2, Annika Anderson, Holly Posegate; HR — Loveland: Cassidy Smith 2.