Coors Field has been a mixed bag for Aurora baseball teams this season, as they’ve gone 1-1 thus far on the corner of 20th & Blake Street in Denver.
Rangeview roared from behind with a five-run fifth inning rally on March 25 which propelled it to an 8-6 victory over Silver Creek on the home field of the Colorado Rockies.
Senior catcher Jeffrey Cordova ripped a three-run double off the wall in deep left field to key the Raiders’ winning rally, while junior Josh Schumacher went 4-for-4 and senior Evan Kercher recorded three hits and picked up the win on the mound. Dillon Joye tossed two scoreless innings for the save.
Grandview was the first city team to visit Coors Field this season and was on prime position to win on March 19, but couldn’t hold a 7-2 lead in an 8-7 loss to defending 5A state champion ThunderRidge.
Sean Kennedy, Brendan Hays and Brooks Adams each drove in a run for the Wolves.
Eaglecrest had been scheduled to play Evergreen at Coors Field on March 22, but weather forced a postponement. The teams might be rescheduled for April 12.
• Grandview sophomore Morgan Sahm won the annual Grandview Invitational girls golf tournament played March 25 at Aurora’s Heritage Eagle Bend, as she carded a 76. Regis Jesuit freshman Jaclyn Murray finished third with a 79.
• Overland senior left-handed pitcher Dario Villagomez had a huge day March 25 as his Trailblazers blanked Grandview 9-0 in Centennial League play.
The Garden City (Kan.) Community College-bound Villagomez tossed a complete game shutout against the Wolves, which included 13 strikeouts against just one walk. At the plate, he recorded three hits in four at-bats, while freshman Eric Salas drove in five runs.
• The SaberCat Invitational track meet ended early on March 22 when snow hit Sports Authority Stadium in Parker, but Aurora athletes from Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland and Smoky Hill performed well early in the meet.
Grandview’s Triston Sisneros won two boys event titles by taking the 110 meter hurdles (15.31 seconds) along with the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches), while Eaglecrest’s Deyon Sizer took the shot put with a throw of 50-1 and Smoky Hill won the 4×80 relay. Aurora girls teams won two relays, as Eaglecrest claimed the 4×200 and Grandview topped the 800 sprint medley relay.
•The Grandview and Cherry Creek baseball teams needed two days and nine innings to decide their first Centennial League meeting of the season. The teams played to an 11-11 tie through eight innings March 21 in a game that was suspended by darkness. The game resumed March 24 and Cherry Creek scored four times in the top of the ninth inning and held on to win 15-12.
• Junior Brent Schwarz tossed 4 2/3 solid innings and senior Max George went 4-for-4 and fell just a home run short of the cycle in the Regis Jesuit baseball team’s 14-3 pounding of Cherry Creek on March 22. Seniors Justin Thaxton and Jack Brett each homered and combined for 5 RBI for the Raiders, who improved to 1-1.
• The Hinkley girls soccer team improved to 5-0 with a 2-0 win at Loveland on March 21. Freshman Teaggan Ilela and junior Jessica Mercado scored goals for the Thunderbirds and goalie Valeria Loera made 10 saves.
• The Cherokee Trail boys lacrosse team saw its undefeated start end March 20, as the Cougars fell to Arapahoe 18-10 March 21 at Legacy Stadium.
Sophomore Keenan Moffitt tallied five goals, while Cooper Snowbarger, Deryk Delahanty and Josh Kelley added two apiece for Cherokee Trail, which was coming of a strong 13-11 win over Smoky Hill two days earlier.
• Smoky Hill edged Eaglecrest 4-3 in a very competitive girls tennis dual match on March 19. The Buffaloes won three of the four doubles matches and essentially got the deciding victory from the No. 4 doubles team of Lauren Ryan and Lindsay Paricio defeated Chloe Lind and Delaney Brink 6-0, 3-6, 10-3.
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