Baseball: 4A Colorado Springs Metro League Tournament
When: Finals on Friday
Player to watch: Mesa Ridge’s Jake Grotelueschen
Mesa Ridge has earned some recognition in the statewide Associated Press polls, garnering seven votes; not quite enough to break the top 10. Grotelueschen and the Grizzlies can make voters and teams take notice if they can certify their regular season conference crown with a league tournament title. District pairings will come out next week and any number of wins the Grizzlies can add can help their cause, since the so-called “wild-card points” have them ranked 29th despite just four losses.
Baseball: 3A Tri-Peaks Crossover Tournament
When: Starts Saturday
Player to watch: Manitou Springs pitcher Travis Struble
Outlook: The Classical Academy (13-3) and Manitou Springs (10-6) are coming into the tournament as the top-two seeds from the West, while Lamar (13-4) and St. Mary’s (11-4) are the No. 1 and 2 seeds from the East. In a two-game affair Saturday, the Titans clinched their side of the league despite dropping their first league game in 19 tries, 3-2 to the Mustangs, who stole home plate to walk off in the bottom of the seventh. … Travis Struble, Manitou Springs’ starting pitcher in that game, was one of the few pitchers to frustrate TCA this year, giving up only three hits and striking out five in seven innings. … Despite only running his fastball up into the upper-70s, nasty off-speed pitches make this sophomore’s future very bright, says his coach Cory Archuleta. … The Titans came back in game 2 to win 6-1 behind a dominant performance from Matt King, who is 4-0 with a sub-2 ERA. … From the East, the Pirates have won seven in a row, while Lamar finished league play unblemished.
Girls’ tennis: Regional tournament at Cheyenne Mountain
Where: Cheyenne Mountain High School
When: Thursday and Friday
Player to watch: Cheyenne Mountain’s Kalyssa Hall
Outlook: Even Cheyenne Mountain coach Dave Adams was surprised with how good his team has done in some portions of this season. The Indians can usually beat anyone, but how’ve they been doing it has been, at times, astounding. “I didn’t think that would happen,” Adams said on countless occasions during the 2014 season. The Indians have beat 5A powers Cherry Creek (6-1) and Denver East (7-0), as well as 4A power Kent Denver (6-1). Kalyssa Hall, just a sophomore at No. 1 singles, meanwhile, is 10-1 this year with her lone loss coming to the Cherry Creek Bruins. Cheyenne Mountain will look to qualify as many players as possible for the state tournament.
Baseball: Peyton (13-2 overall, 7-1 2A Black Forest) vs. Calhan (11-5, 6-2)
Where: Calhan High School
When: Tuesday, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Player to watch: Peyton’s Evan Finley
Outlook: There’s no way Calhan can get around Peyton’s Evan Finley. With a 5-0 record on the mound and a .635 average from the plate, the Panthers sophomore will have to be contained if the Bulldogs hope to stay in contention in the 2A Black Forest League. In Finley’s last four games, he has two wins on the mound and has driven in nine of his 32 RBIs on the year. … Peyton brings a four-game winning streak to Calhan, which has won five in a row itself.
Girls’ lacrosse: Cheyenne Mountain (10-2 overall, 3-0 Southern League) vs. Air Academy (10-2, 5-0)
Where: Cheyenne Mountain High School
When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Player to watch: Cheyenne Mountain’s Tarah Gilbreth
Outlook: Air Academy couldn’t have asked for a better regular-season test in girls’ lacrosse. Before this, the Kadets were supposed to get one of their toughest tests in league play against Rampart last week. It didn’t happen though. Led by MacEllen McDonough’s five goals, they trounced the up-and-coming Rams 17-6. … Cheyenne Mountain will have to be better, and it should be. Tarah Gilbreth is proving to be one of the best players in the state as she is tied for third in goals in Colorado with 61 on the year.
Brent W. New, The Gazette
Twitter: @brentwnew @gazettepreps