Mesa softball team’s win streak ends at 24 games
The streak ended Friday at 24 consecutive victories for the No. 11 Colorado Mesa softball team.
Regis upset the Mavericks 2-1 in the first game of an RMAC doubleheader in Denver, so the Mavericks regrouped and pounded the Rangers 9-0 in five innings in the second game to start what they hope is another long streak.
The Rangers’ Melissa Heromena doubled in the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning in the opener and scored the winning run on Emily John’s single up the middle.
The Mavericks scored one run in the sixth inning when pinch-runner Sarah Phillis scored after she and Zoe Bakes were bunted into scoring position by Baylee Boren. Maggie Manwarren reached on a fielder’s choice, with all of the base runners advancing safely, which scored Phillis.
McKenzie Surface couldn’t hold that lead, though, walking a runner with two out before the tying and winning hits.
Surface (18-4) walked four — two in the seventh inning — and struck out three, scattering six hits.
Mesa managed only a half-dozen hits, all singles, off Logan Losh (19-7), but came out swinging in the second game against Taylor Armitage, scoring three runs in the first and two in the second and third to chase her.
Manwarren walked and stole second and Alex Dufour beat out a bunt to open the first inning. Manwarren came home on a double by AnnMarie Torres, and with one out and the bases loaded, Kellie Mrofcza lifted a fly ball to left to score Dufour. Another run came home on a base hit by Abby Toller. Up 7-0 in the fifth, Dufour, who went 3 for 4, ripped a two-run single to left to put the run rule in effect.
Kimbri Herring (10-0) retired the Rangers (24-22, 16-14 RMAC) in order in the fifth for the Mavericks (33-5, 26-3).
Matt Haggerty hit a home run in both ends of the Mavericks’ doubleheader sweep at Regis, 10-5, and 10-4, pushing No. 11 CMU’s winning streak to 16 games.
Haggerty’s three-run home run in the second inning of the opener erased the Rangers’ only lead of the day, 2-0. JJ Carr followed with a two-run home run and Bligh Madris singled home another for a 6-2 lead.
An RBI double in the fourth by Garrett Ball was followed with a run-scoring single by Lane LaCrone to make it 8-2, and Carr added another RBI single in the fifth.
Will Dixson drove home one run in the sixth for a 10-3 lead, but Regis got a two-run home run from Geordy Smith in the bottom of the sixth.
Chris Ramirez (5-1) allowed three runs on three hits, walked four and struck out four in 4 1/3 innings, and AJ Landis allowed the other two runs in 2 2/3 innings.
In the second game, JR McDermott pitched a complete game, striking out five and not walking a batter.
Up 1-0, Zach McLeod doubled and scored on Haggerty’s home run in the second inning, and after Regis got it within one on a two-run home run in the fourth, CMU scored three runs in the fifth and two more in each of the sixth and seventh innings.
Madris went 2 for 2, walked twice and drove in three runs for RMAC-leading CMU (29-8, 21-2), which secured the series win against the second-place Rangers (24-14, 17-10).
Track & Field
D’Angelo Foster has 3,403 points through five events in the men’s decathlon at the Maroon Classic, which continues today at Stocker Stadium.
He tied Simon Hayes of Western State in the 100 meters, was second in the long jump and shot put, won the 400 meters and tied for first in the high jump with teammate Nick Pulos.
Erika White leads Western State’s Mackenzie Kehmeier in the women’s heptathlon by 259 points, scoring 2,459 points through four of seven events. She won the 100 hurdles, high jump and shot put. Kehmeier won the 200 meters in what is a head-to-head competition — they are the only two heptathletes entered.