Softball: Grandview downs Arvada West for second time to earn return to 5A state tournament

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BROOMFIELD | Grandview swept two games against Arvada West at Saturday’s Class 5A Region 6 softball tournament at the Broomfield Industrial Complex, including an 11-4 decision that sent the Wolves back to the 5A state tournament.

After scoring just a total of three runs in its opening two games — a 2-1 win over No. 22 Arvada West and a 6-1 loss to sixth-seeded Legacy — the bats awoke for 11th-seeded Grandview with a state berth on the line.

Junior Kat Maynard had four of the 16 hits for the Wolves (17-5) and drove in four runs and sophomore Loghan Thomas drove in three runs in the decisive victory over the Wildcats, who mounted a brief rally against freshman starter Aubrey Pickett before sophomore Courtney Browne came on to finish it off.

Pickett also got the win in the opener against Arvada West as she threw a complete game four-hitter and drove in one of the two runs herself, while Browne went the distance in the loss to powerhouse host Legacy.

Coach Dave Thies’ Grandview team joins Eaglecrest as Aurora’s representation at the 5A state tournament, scheduled for Oct. 18-19 at the Aurora Sports Park.

2013 CLASS 5A REGION 6 SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

Saturday at Broomfield Industrial Complex

Game 1: No. 6 Legacy 17, No. 27 Prairie View 0

Game 2: NO. 11 GRANDVIEW 2, No. 22 Arvada West 1

Game 3: No. 22 Arvada West 8, No. 27 Prairie View 6

Game 4: No. 6 Legacy 6, NO. 11 GRANDVIEW 1 (Legacy qualifies for state)

Game 5: NO. 11 GRANDVIEW 11, No. 22 Arvada West 4 (GRANDVIEW qualifies for state)

NO. 11 GRANDVIEW 11, No. 22 Arvada West 4

Score by innings (r-h-e):

Arvada West  000 300 1 —  4  12  2

Grandview      142 004 x — 11  16  0

WP — Grandview: Aubrey Pickett (3 IP, 8 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts); Grandview hitting: Kat Maynard 4-4, 4 RBI, 4 runs; Loghan Thomas 2-3, 3 RBI, run; Ande Troutman 2-5, 2 RBI

No. 6 Legacy 6, NO. 11 GRANDVIEW 1

Score by innings (r-h-e):

Grandview  000 001 0 — 1  4  2

Legacy          004 002 x — 6  9  1

LP — Grandview: Courtney Browne (6 IP, 9 hits, 6 runs, 6 earned runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts); Grandview hitting: Loghan Thomas 1-3, RBI; Ande Troutman 1-3; Jessica Alexander 1-3

NO. 11 GRANDVIEW 2, No. 22 Arvada West 1

Score by innings (r-h-e):

Arvada West  000 000 1 — 1  4  3

Grandview      000 011 x — 2  4  3

WP — Grandview: Aubrey Pickett (7 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 3 strikeouts); Grandview hitting: Ande Troutman 2-3; Kelsey Biaggi 1-2; Aubrey Pickett 0-1, RBI

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