Poudre ran up against University of Oklahoma-bound Alec Hansen on the mound and Loveland’s tough hitting in the batter’s box to lose 10-0 in a shortened game.
Impalas coach Mark Buffington said the 6-foot-7 Hansen was overpowering with his fastball, which has been clocked at 94 mph this season.
Hansen threw four innings, but neither he nor reliever Seth Bernhardt allowed a hit. On the flip side, Loveland (7-2, 2-0 FRL) recorded 11 hits, including two doubles.
Poudre (0-8, 0-2) will travel to Mountain Range for a makeup game at 4 p.m. Monday.
WINDSOR SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER — Zachary Bracken hit a three-run homer in the first inning to put Windsor in a hole in the first game of a doubleheader. The Wizards came within a run but lost after stranding seven runners on base and giving Berthoud its first Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference win this season.
The Wizards (8-4, 5-2 Tri-Valley) got payback on Berthoud (4-6, 1-5) in the second game of the doubleheader. The Wizards scored 13 runs on only seven hits, as Berthoud walked 12 batters and hit another five. Sophomore pitcher Caleb Linnemann threw a complete game for Windsor, allowing five hits.
FORT COLLINS 5, GREELEY WEST 4 — In a game where hitting was at a premium, Fort Collins edged Greeley West thanks to two late errors by the Spartans.
Pitcher Sev Stoffel committed both in the bottom of the seventh, scoring John Flint after walking him to start the inning. Still, the Spartans would have never been in that position if not for Stoffel’s two-run homer in the top of the sixth, which tied it at four.
Greeley West outhit Fort Collins 6-4 and the Lambkins left eight on base to the Spartans’ four, but Fort Collins (4-7, 2-1 FRL) still managed to pull out the win. Grayson Oblender, Blake Tomasino, Sam Landes and Ben Hardy all had hits for the Lambkins.
FOSSIL RIDGE SECOND AT SMOKY HILL INVITATIONAL — It was a battle between Smoky Hill and Fossil Ridge at the Smoky Hill Invitational. Smoky Hill edged the SaberCats 455-420.5 in what Fossil Ridge coach Mark Morehouse said was the first really strong event his SaberCats would swim.
Relays were set and Fossil Ridge set season-best times in the medley relay (first place) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (second).
Orion Huey also took first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.54. George Hu was third in the 100 backstroke and Will Gavato took third in the 100 breaststroke.
REGIS JESUIT 8, FORT COLLINS 7 — Regis Jesuit managed to hold off Fort Collins on its home field despite falling into a 4-1 hole at halftime.
The Vipers stepped into the same scoring rut after intermission, as they were shut out in the third quarter before rallying for three goals in the fourth to fall just short of upsetting The Denver Post’s No. 3 boys lacrosse team.
FORT COLLINS 2, ARAPAHOE 1 — Arapahoe scored first but Fort Collins had the last laugh, getting the equalizer before halftime and holding Arapahoe scoreless in the second half.
Arapahoe scored just 3 minutes into the game and it took 25 anxious minutes for the Lamkins to tie it on Payton Humpal’s 28th minute shot off an assist from midfielder Katy Couperus. Fort Collins (6-1, 3-0 FRL) got the go-ahead goal in the 68th minute, when Madison Rinne found the back of the net after Aubrey Weappa found Rinne.
Lambkins goalie Catherine Arneson had five saves to help the Lambkins to the win.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN 4, GREELEY WEST 3 — It came down to the wire, but Rocky Mountain was able to notch the win against Greeley West. The Lobos took No. 1 singles and every doubles match except No. 2 doubles.
Both of those matches went three sets, as Brianna Garza topped the Spartans’ Emily Hopwood 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, and the doubles tandom of Revecca Caldwell and Hannah Davidson topped Rocky Mountain’s Jennifer Schnell and Heather Rainey 4-6, 6-3, 7-6.
TRACK & FIELD
POMONA INVITATIONAL — The Fort Collins High School track team gave the rest of the state something to think about with a third-place finish (boys) and a first-place finish (girls) at the Pomona Invitational.
It was rare to see an event without a Fort Collins girl in the top 3, as the Lambkins girls team placed 10 in those top 3 spots, securing wins in the 800-meter relay and the 1,600 run. Erin Hooker and Devynn Miller finished first and third, respectively, in the 1,600.
On the boys’ side, Fort Collins’ Ryan Rogers won the 300 hurdles and Jake Hanks took home top shot put honors by nearly 5 feet.
Fossil Ridge’s boys and girls squads were competitive at the meet, as the girls took third place and the boys were sixth. Rhianna Williams seems to be recovering well from a strained right quadriceps, as she won the 400. Emily Cleary keeps raising the bar in pole vault, winning with a personal record jump of 10 feet, 7 inches. The SaberCats’ girls also won the 800 sprint medley.
The Fossil Ridge boys didn’t have an athlete or relay place in the top 3, but had several just out of the top 3 en route to their sixth-place finish.