Cherokee Trail started the softball season in a big way Aug. 21, hammering visiting Legend 16-6 in five innings.
The Cougars — with a large group of players returning from the team that made last season’s Class 5A state softball tournament — pounded out 17 hits and scored at least two runs in all four at-bats to cruise in their season opener.
Mo Worthington went 4-for-4 and scored four times from the top of the lineup and Christian Bobian, Emily Sparks and Zoe Hinton all drove in four runs for Cherokee Trail. Taylor Leill picked up the pitching victory with two innings in relief of Bobian.
• The Eaglecrest softball team won in its first game under new coach Yvette Hendrian, leading from start to finish in an 8-2 non-league win over visiting Regis Jesuit Aug. 20.
The Raptors got three RBI from Taylor Kigerl-Hill, who was joined with two hits by Rayle Glover, Lauren Buckley and Tayler Mashburn.
Regis Jesuit scored both runs in the seventh inning courtesy of Emily Harpole and Gianna DiVito.
• Grandview moved up to third in the second Centennial League boys golf tournament.
The Wolves were fifth in the opening league tournament, but climbed two slots in the Aug. 16 meeting at Deer Creek Golf Course as junior Devyn Solano again posted the best score for an Aurora player in the field. Solano carded a 1-over-par 73 that helped Grandview edge Mullen by a stroke (306 to 307) for third behind Cherry Creek and Arapahoe.
Kyle Carr and Shane Pouilot added matching 77s for Grandview, equaling the score posted by Cherokee Trail’s Ben Knapp.
• The first EMAC major tournament of the year belonged to the North Division, which took the top three team spots in play Aug. 16 at Meadow Hills Golf Course.
Prairie View, Brighton and the Northglenn/Thornton combo — all from the North Division — took the top three spots.
With a fourth-place total of 415, Rangeview paced teams from the South Division, while Gateway (425) and Aurora Central (427) took 6th and 7th, respectively. Hinkley senior Daniel Del Real had the low individual round for city players with a 90.
Rangeview was led by freshman Raymond Simanjuntak’s 97.
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