The Grandview softball team opened an anticipated season with a 12-10 victory at Mullen to start Centennial League play Aug. 25.

Kat Maynard had three hits, Shy Caliccia, Emily Supercynski and Kelsey Biaggi had a pair and Ande Troutman and Brittany Fernandez knocked in a pair of runs each for the Wolves in their first game since losing to Brighton in the first round of last season’s Class 5A state softball tournament.

Grandview played for the first time under new coach Dave Thies, who had to turn to freshman Courtney Browne in relief after starter Abigail Mork allowed all four batters she faced to reach and score. Browne pitched seven innings to pick up the victory.

• Cherokee Trail moved to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Centennial League with a come-from-behind 11-9 victory at Eaglecrest Aug. 25.

The Cougars trailed by four runs going into the top of the seventh inning, but rallied for six runs — all with two outs — to top the Raptors, who were also trying to improve to 3-0.

A two-run single by Emily Sparks, an RBI single by Christian Bobian, a two-run triple by Darian Higens and Lyndsey Knabenshue’s RBI run-scoring single brought Cherokee Trail back after it had surrendered an early 5-0 lead. Chelsea Clay had four hits and Knabenshue 3 RBI to lead the Cougars and Kayla Mashburn got the victory in relief.

Sarah Bushman took the loss for Eaglecrest (2-1, 0-1), which got two hits each from Lauren Buckley, Rayle Glover, Tayler Mashburn and Michenzie Pace.

• Smoky Hill hammered Overland 17-0 in five innings on Aug. 25, with freshman Maddie Siemer and junior Nikki Sparacio allowing just two hits.

The Buffaloes led 5-0 after three innings and closed the game with a 12-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth inning in a sound victory against the visiting Trailblazers.

Karen Williams had three hits and drove in 3 runs — which Megan Sapp and Kacey Sparacio also did — as Smoky Hill pounded out 15 hits. Nine of the 10 players to see action for the Buffaloes had at least one base hit.

Siemer started the game and went three innings, allowing a single hit and striking out three, while Nikki Sparacio allowed a hit in her inning of relief.

• In non-league play, Gateway (0-2) was held without a hit in a 23-0 loss to Thomas Jefferson.


Score by innings:

Grandview  610 013 1 — 12

Mullen         600 110 2 — 10

WP — Grandview: Courtney Browne. LP — Mullen: Tatianna Dominguez.


Score by innings (r-h-e):

Ch. Trail     212 000 6 — 11  16  0

Eaglecrest  000 234 0 —  9  10  2

WP — Cherokee Trail: Kayla Masburn; LP Eaglecrest: Sarah Bushman.


Score by innings (r-h-e):

Overland     000  0 — 0  2  3

Smoky Hill  302 12 — 17  15  0

WP — Smoky Hill: Maddie Siemer

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Courtney Oakes is sports Editor and photographer with Sentinel Colorado. A Denver East High School alum. He came to the Sentinel in 2001 and since then has received a number of professional awards from...