Fossil Ridge High School’s softball team beat the newly crowned No. 1 team in the state, winning 3-2 over visiting Loveland on Tuesday.
Loveland had moved to No. 1 in The Denver Post’s coaches’ poll after beating previous No. 1 Legacy.
“It’s huge for the program to beat the No. 1 team in the state,” Fossil Ridge coach David Philop said. “We’re trying to establish our program and this is probably the biggest win for us.”
The victory for the SaberCats (16-2, 9-1 Front Range League) also forced a three-way tie atop the league with one game to play in the regular season. Legacy and Loveland also are 9-1 in the FRL. The SaberCats play Poudre on Thursday.
POUDRE 3, FORT COLLINS 1 — The Impalas scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to sneak past the visiting Lambkins.
All three hits for Poudre (8-8-1, 7-3 FRL) came in the fifth, when Olivia Damge started the inning with a triple. She scored on a single by Sarah Johnson, who eventually scored on a bloop single by Bri Kelley. Miranda Maiers, who had walked, scored on a fielder’s choice by Tori Heller.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN 18, GREELEY WEST 11–The Lobos had 18 hits, including a pair of home runs by Melanie Stajduhar, in beating Greeley West.
Stajduhar drove in eight runs, while Courtney Robbins was 3 for 4 with two RBIs for Rocky.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN 2, HORIZON 0 — At Thornton, Shane Wagner scored a pair of goals as the Lobos picked up a shutout.
LEGACY 2, POUDRE 1 — At Thornton, the Lightning’s Shawn Rusk scored a goal in each half to give his team the win. Eduardo Hernandez scored in the first half for Poudre.
BOULDER 2, FOSSIL RIDGE 1 — At Boulder, the Panthers scored in the 18th and 70th minute to beat the fifth-ranked SaberCats. Fossil’s goal came in the 60th minute to tie the game.
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 7, DENVER ACADEMY 1 — Matthew McGinley scored twice and had two assists to help the Eagles to the rout.
LIBERTY COMMON 8, NEDERLAND 0 — At Nederland, Arjun Gill scored four goals to help the Eagles (4-1-3, 1-0-1 Mile High League) to the road win.
FORT COLLINS 3, MONARCH 0 — At Louisville, the Lambkins had little trouble in sweeping Monarch, 25-9, 25-21, 25-12.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN 3, HORIZON 0 — The Lobos swept the visiting Hawks 25-13, 25-17, 25-10. Rocky improved to 8-5, 5-1 FRL.
POUDRE 3, LEGACY 1 — Kaylee Zimlich had 17 kills and Desiree Wickwar had 12 to help Poudre to the 25-18, 19-25, 25-18, 25-15 victory.
Katie Brokish added 35 assists and Andrea Lewis had 12 digs for the Impalas (7-7, 2-4).
FOSSIL RIDGE 3, BOUDLER 0 — Bridgette Lococo had 11 kills and six blocks to help the SaberCats to the sweep, 25-20, 25-15, 25-11.
Shannon Lanza led the defense with 21 kills.