Softball: Eaglecrest goes distance at Region 1 to earn 5A state berth

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FORT COLLINS | It took three games, but the Eaglecrest softball team battled its way into the Class 5A state tournament.

Coach Yvette Hendrian’s 16th-seeded Raptors posted two wins over No. 17 Chatfield on Saturday at the 5A Region 1 tournament in Fort Collins, which was good enough to earn them a coveted spot in the Oct. 17-18 state tournament at the Aurora Sports Park.

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Following an opening 14-1 win over Chatfield, Eaglecrest saw its first chance at a state spot escape with an 8-1 loss to top-seed and host Fossil Ridge — the same team that ended Eaglecrest’s season in last year’s state tournament — but a 2-0 victory in rematch with the Chargers got the job done.

Junior left-handed pitcher Alexa Romero baffled Chatfield to win both games, as she allowed zero earned runs in 9 2/3 innings against the Chargers with 10 strikeouts against seven walks, while she also took the loss against Fossil Ridge when she surrendered five runs — just two earned — in three innings.

Freshman Kailey Wilson slugged a grand slam and drove in five runs to highlight the Raptors’ opening victory over Chatfield, while Lauren Buckley finished 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored and Mikayla Faulkner had three hits in three at-bats, plus a pair of RBI and 3 runs scored.

Eaglecrest joins Grandview as the only Aurora teams to make the 16-team state field, as Cherokee Trail fell short of qualifying out of Region 8.

Note: The opening games of the Region 1 tournament were delayed by more than an hour than their originally scheduled first pitch of 10 a.m. due to heavy fog in the area.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

CLASS 5A REGION 1 (At Fossil Ridge H.S., Fort Collins)

Game 1: No. 1 Fossil Ridge 10, No. 32 Heritage 0 (5 inn.)

Game 2: NO. 16 EAGLECREST 14, No. 17 Chatfield 1 (5 inn.)

Game 3: No. 17 Chatfield 1, No. 32 Heritage 0

Game 4: No. 1 Fossil Ridge 8, NO. 16 EAGLECREST 1 (Fossil Ridge qualifies for 5A state tournament)

Game 5: NO. 16 EAGLECREST 2, No. 17 Chatfield 0 (EAGLECREST qualifies for 5A state tournament)

Eaglecrest 2, Chatfield 0

Score by innings (r-h-e):

Chatfield   000 000 0 — 0  2  1

Eaglecrest  000 200 x — 2  7  1

WP: Eaglecrest — Alexa Romero (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5K); Eaglecrest hitting: Jordyn Wiatrak 1-3; Taylor Menard 1-3, run; Chelsea Gorman 0-3; Lauren Buckley 2-3, RBI; Marcia Jones 1-1, RBI; Tayler Mashburn 0-3; Brandee Morris run; Alexa Romero 1-2; Mikayla Faulkner 0-3; Kailey Wilson 1-2, 2B; Destynee Morgan 0-2

Fossil Ridge 8, Eaglecrest 1

Score by innings (r-h-e):

Eaglecrest     000 010 0 — 1  5  4

Fossil Ridge  200 510 x — 8  9  1

LP — Eaglecrest: Alexa Romero (3 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K); Eaglecrest hitting: Jordyn Wiatrak 0-3; Taylor Menard 0-3; Chelsea Gorman 2-4, run; Lauren Buckley 1-2; Marcia Jones 0-1; Tayler Mashburn 1-2; Alexa Romero 0-3; Mikayla Faulkner 0-3, RBI; Kailey Wilson 1-3; Destynee Morgan 0-2

Eaglecrest 14, Chatfield 1 (5 inn.)

Score by innings (r-h-e):

Chatfield    001 00 —   1   3  1

Eaglecrest  356 0x — 14  15  1

WP — Eaglecrest: Alexa Romero (2 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K); Eaglecrest hitting: Jordyn Wiatrak 1-1, 3 RBI, run; Taylor Menard 1-3, run; Chelsea Gorman 1-2, 2 runs; Lauren Buckley 4-4, 2B, 3 runs; Michenzie Pace 0-1; Tayler Mashburn 0-3; Alexa Romero 1-3, RBI; Selena Tuilaepa run; Mikayla Faulkner 3-3, 2 RBI, 3 runs; Kailey Wilson 2-3, HR, 5 RBI, 2 runs; Destynee Morgan 1-2, run