End comes quickly for local softball teams

None of the south metro squads at state found much success

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The opening day of the Class 5A softball tournament on Oct. 25 turned out to be the final day of the season for four south metro area teams.

No. 16 seed Ralston Valley pulled off the biggest surprise with a 6-3 first-round victory over Rock Canyon.

Two-time defending champion Legend and Valor Christian also dropped opening-round contests. Broomfield, seeded fourth among the 16 state tourney teams, ousted No. 13 Legend, 13-5. No. 2 and eventual state champion Columbine shut out No. 15 Valor, 10-0.

Arapahoe, seeded sixth, notched a 12-1 first-round win over No. 11 Smoky Hill, but lost 11-1 to No. 3 Rocky Mountain in a quarterfinal affair the afternoon of Oct. 25.

Rock Canyon managed only two hits against Ralston Valley, with Erin Keen getting one with a 3-run homer and Ashley Sivaggi getting the other hit.

Ralston Valley had six hits, including two home runs, as the Mustangs handed Rock Canyon only its second loss of the season in 26 games. The Jaguars beat Ralston Valley, 8-3, early in the season.

Broomfield put together 14 hits off two Legend pitchers and nine of the Eagles 13 runs were unearned as Legend committed four errors in the game.

Sophomore Emma Athey had two of Legend's seven hits, while junior Bella Mumford had a hit and three runs batted in with a 3-run homer for the Titans, who finished with a 15-12 record.

Valor (13-13) got only two hits in the five-inning game against Columbine, with Eden McNally and Hannah Hollander getting the two hits.

Arapahoe (23-4) exploded for 12 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in its win over Smoky Hill but couldn't contain Rocky Mountain in a mercy rule loss to end the Warriors' season.

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