A loaded softball schedule saw eight games among top-10 teams

The softball season saw perhaps its most impactful day of the season so far on Tuesday.

A total of eight games pitting ranked teams against one another took place, including a walk-off win and an extra-inning matchup.

4A: (9) Mead 12, (2) Erie 4

Erie Mead softball

(Steve Oathout)

The Mavericks, now 3-0, are off to the best start in program history. Mead advanced to the regional round last season.

4A: (3) Wheat Ridge 5, (1) Holy Family 3

Elizabeth Uhl threw a complete game, allowing just two earned runs, for the Farmers, who moved to 3-0.

Down 1-0 in the third, Wheat Ridge plated two with a double from Aaliyah Arellano. The next inning, Aliyah Rothstein singled home a run, Lee Quezada drove another in with a sac fly, and Isabella Martinez plated another with a single.

Holy Family got a run back in the fourth, and another in the seventh, but the rally fell short.

Tyler Whitlock went 4-for-4 for Holy Family.

3A: (2) Eaton 17, (3) Strasburg 16

Eaton got its offense started early with a six-run first inning, and never really looked back in a big win.

The squad also plated one more in the second, seven in the third, and three in the fourth.

Yaritza Puente, a senior, led Eaton with four RBIs as part of a 2-for-3 day, and Sadie Ross, a freshman, drove in three as she went 3-for-4.

Blayke Duncan, Brooke Beacom, Jaymie Woody and Emma Pinkstaff each had two RBIs for Eaton.

5A: (5) Chatfield 4, (7) Legend 3

Chatfield, now 3-0, walked off for the win in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Avery Rohlman was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Chargers, while Madison Shepard and Abigale Washco each also drove in a run.

Pitcher Isabelle DiNapoli threw the complete-game for Chatfield, striking out 10. She didn't allow an earned run.

Legend's Kaylyn English went 3-for-4 in the loss.

5A: (9) Broomfield 5, (6) Rocky Mountain 3

Kenzi Garner led the way for Broomfield in the win.

At the plate, the senior tripled and homered as part of a 3-for-4 day at the plate. She drove in two runs, and scored three times herself.

In the circle, Garner threw a complete game, striking out nine.

Chloe Eiguren was 3-for-3 for the Eagles, and had an RBI. Claire Comstock also drove in a run.

Hannah Bailey had two RBIs for Rocky Mountain.

3A: (10) La Junta 11, (7) Limon 10 (9 inn.)

The game saw a ton of offense, and fittingly, the two ranked teams battled to extra innings.

Limon grabbed a 4-0 lead in the first, only to see La Junta tie it in the bottom half.

La Junta eventually grabbed a 9-5 lead after five innings, but Limon cut it to 9-7 after six, and then took a 10-9 lead in the top of the seventh. La Junta tied it in the bottom half of that inning, and then pushed the winning run across in the ninth.

3A: (1) University 14, (6) Brush 8

The two teams battled back and forth, trading the lead four times in the first four innings, before University broke the game open.

The Bulldogs pushed two across in the fifth, and then exploded for a seven-run sixth inning in the win.

5A: (1) Rock Canyon vs. (2) Legacy

Legacy Rock Canyon softball

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In a game that was delayed by poor weather, Rock Canyon leads Legacy 7-1 in the third inning.

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