Golden survives thriller over Wheat Ridge

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GOLDEN — Golden baseball outlasted a scrappy Wheat Ridge team in a 2-1 extra innings victory Saturday at Golden High School.

Golden senior Eli Thornquist struck out 16 batters over nine innings in one of the best pitching performances in 4A Jeffco this season.

Sophomore Paul Richy scored the game winning run in the 10th inning for the Demons and he also pitched well in relief.

Wheat Ridge senior Nick Ricigliano also pitched well striking out nine batters over seven innings. But the Farmers offense wasn’t able to crack Thornquist who was nearly unhittable.

Wheat Ridge (10-8, 8-5) wrapped up its regular season schedule at Evergreen on Monday.

Golden (7-11, 6-7) wrapped up its regular season schedule Monday at Alameda High School.

JAGS CLINCH LEAGUE TITLE

D’Evelyn baseball sealed the Class 4A Jeffco league title with a 12-2 victory over Arvada Saturday at D’Evelyn High School.

The Jaguars had nine different players record a hit including senior Brandon Morrison going 3-for-3 with two RBIs. The victory was also the 17th of the season for D’Evelyn (17-1, 12-1), which also was a perfect 7-0 at home.

After starting the season unbeaten in its first three games, Arvada ended its regular season in a slump not winning in more than a month.

But the Bulldogs (3-13-1, 1-12) were also one of the youngest teams in the league featuring a roster of 10 underclassmen including three freshmen.

RAM TOUGH DOWN STRETCH

Green Mountain baseball stayed hot with a 10-0 victory over Alameda High School Saturday at Green Mountain High School.

The Rams (11-7, 9-4) wrapped up their regular season with four straight victories and finished second in Class 4A Jeffco.

Freshman Wyatt Featherson went 1-for-2 with a two-run triple and junior Justin Akiyama hit a two-run single as well. Alameda senior Jorge Gonzalez went 1-for-2 and junior Lucious Harris also went 1-for-2.

The Pirates (4-14, 2-11) struggled to a seventh-place finish in 4A Jeffco but they also have seven sophomores and three freshmen on their varsity roster.

TIGERS TAME WILDCATS

Lakewood managed to finish the regular season in the top half of Class 5A Jeffco with a 9-4 victory Friday at Arvada West High School.

Lakewood senior George Coughlin threw six innings of strong baseball giving up a pair of runs. George also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double.

The Tigers (10-8, 4-4) won three of four games down the stretch.

Arvada (6-12-1, 3-5) struggled over the first half of its schedule but went 5-5 over the last 10 games.

PANTHERS BEAT RIVAL ‘STANGS

Pomona dealt rival Ralston Valley a 3-1 loss to wrap up both teams regular season schedule Saturday at Ralston Valley High School.

Pomona’s victory was fueled by senior Sean McClure who hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to break up a one-run game.

Ralston Valley senior Josh Peterson went 2-for-3 at the plate but the Mustangs weren’t able to generate any offense.

The Mustangs (11-8, 4-4) finished fourth overall.

The Panthers (7-11, 3-4) snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory.

Rare loss for Faith Christian

Faith Christian suffered a rare loss falling to Eaton 6-2 Monday at Faith Christian High School.

The loss snapped a 14-game winning streak for the Eagles. However, Faith Christian dominated league play finishing 14-0 in the Class 3A/2A Metro league standings.

The Eagles (15-2, 14-0) hadn’t lost since March but perhaps the loss serve as a catalyst as Faith’s players prepare for the playoffs.

Faith Christian is led by senior Tyler Tucker, who this season has a .400 batting average, 20 RBIs and a pair of home runs.