The Fossil Ridge High School baseball team squandered a five-run lead, rallied and held on for a thrilling 8-7 win over No. 7 Fort Collins on Tuesday.
Trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Fossil Ridge (7-10) scored two runs to retake the lead it had lost when Fort Collins (10-5) erupted for six runs in the fifth.
Calvin Marley, pitching in relief of starter Ryan Smith, tied the game with a solo home run. Three batters later, with one out and runners on second and third, Nick Girardi hit a strong grounder to second base to drive in Tim Ehlers for the winning run.
After walking the leadoff man in the seventh, Marley recorded three straight outs to shut down Fort Collins as the SaberCats walked away winners over their rivals.
Fort Collins’ Lane Brlecic and Nathan Dill each had two RBIs in the fifth inning as the Lambkins took the lead after trailing 6-1. Teammate Brandon Hahm went 3 for 3 with a triple.
Marley finished 3 for 3 with two RBIs. Noah Watters went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Ryan Cronin finished 2 for 3 with a double.
Fort Collins plays at Greeley West on Wednesday, while Fossil Ridge plays at Fairview on Thursday.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN 2, CHAPARRAL 1 — Austin Alarid was electric on the mound, striking out 11 as the Lobos (12-4) won at Coors Field. Sam Sanchez earned the save and Jadon Uhrich went 3 for 3.
POUDRE 2, GREELEY WEST 1 — Caleb Massey hit the game-winning RBI in the sixth inning and pitcher Tanner Schnoeninger earned the win for the Impalas (4-12).
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN 14, LYONS 1 — Hayden Siebers had four RBIs, Luke Cross went 3 for 3 with three RBIs, and pitcher Brin Hayden allowed only three hits as the Cougars improved to 8-6.
LEGACY 2, ROCKY MOUNTAIN 1 (2OT) — Jade Gosar scored on a rebound of a Madison Williams shot with five minutes left in regulation. The Lobos (11-2-1) finish the regular season Thursday at Fairview (8-3-2).
FOSSIL RIDGE 1, FAIRVIEW 1 — Kenady Adams scored the lone goal, with Shannon Pelichowski and Reaghan Lang combining on the assist. Fossil Ridge (8-4-1) plays at Boulder on Thursday to finish the regular season.
BROOMFIELD 5, FORT COLLINS 0 — The Lambkins fall to 7-6-1. They wrap up the regular season Thursday against Poudre.
DENVER EAST 10, FORT COLLINS UNIFIED 9 — Tate Martinez scored twice and Ben Rugh dished two assists and scored a goal.