They took different routes in their respective regional tournaments, but both the Fort Collins and Fossil Ridge High School softball teams are headed to state.
REGION 8 HOSTED BY GRAND JUNCTION CENTRAL — The Lambkins (14-7, 9-3 FRL) entered Saturday as the No. 15 seed playing in Grand Junction. Fort Collins squeezed past No. 18 ThunderRidge 8-7 in a 10-inning thriller in the day’s first game before locking up a berth at state with a 5-4 upset of No. 2 Grand Junction Central. Against ThunderRidge, Bailey Deal hit a home run and a double to finish with two runs batted in. Then against Grand Junction Central, Rachel Jones had two hits and two runs batted in while Ciana Curran and Emmy Anderson teamed up to pitch seven innings and hold the Warriors to four runs.
REGION 7 HOSTED BY ARVADA WEST — No. 10 Fossil Ridge (17-5, 9-3 FRL) took the other route to the state tournament. The SaberCats kicked off the day with a 12-7 win over Grandview before falling 10-3 to No. 26 Mountain Range in what was the regional championship game. But the SaberCats would come back and knock off Grandview once again, this time by a score of 10-4 to solidify a spot at state. On the day, Rheanna Will was unstoppable, hitting a cumulative four home runs over the three games.
REGION 6 HOSTED BY LEGEND — No. 22 Poudre (10-11, 5-7 FRL) lost both of their games and saw their season come to a close Saturday. The Impalas fell 6-1 to No. 11 Dakota Ridge and then came up just shy in a narrow 9-8 defeat to No. 27 Smoky Hill. In the loss to Smoky Hill, Arianna Cordova had two doubles and a home run while driving in two runs.
REGION 2 HOSTED BY LOVELAND — No. 9 Rocky Mountain (15-7, 8-4 FRL) came just one run shy of punching their ticket to state. The Lobos trounced No. 24 Fruita Monument 11-1 in the first game but then lost 5-1 to No. 8 Loveland. Needing a win over No. 25 Cherry Creek to qualify, Rocky Mountain lost a one-run heartbreaker 5-4.
4A REGION 7 HOSTED BY SILVER CREEK — No. 26 Windsor (11-11, 7-7 Tri-Valley) took down No. 23 Holy Family 13-6 but then lost to No. 7 Silver Creek 8-4.
WIGGINS INVITATIONAL — The Eagles’ boys team placed sixth out of 14 teams while competing at the Wiggins Invitational Saturday. Hudson Majeski was Liberty Common’s top finisher in 18:53 while Mark Vossetig came in right behind Majeski in 18:54. On the girls side, Rosemary Engel was the top finisher for the Eagles with a time of 22:51. Eva Hoskins was next in at 23:01.
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN 42, UNIVERSITY 0 — Playing without head coach Mark Roggy, who missed the game due to sickness, the Cougars (7-0, 3-0 Patriot West) shut out University at home to keep their perfect season intact. Connor Stala took a 70-yard punt return back to the house.
CHERRY CREEK INVITATIONAL — Fort Collins competed at a large meet hosted by Cherry Creek. Jenna Springberg finished in 24th place on the vault with a score of 8.700.