By Dan Karpiel
Baseball: Spartans losing streak hits three games
Broomfield-based Holy Family High School presents a challenge in every sport, and baseball was no different. The Berthoud High School (BHS) baseball team suffered a pair of lopsided losses at the hands of the always-formidable Tigers. Berthoud lost by an 11-1 final last Thursday on the road, and coming home to complete the two-game set on Saturday did not help, as the Spartans were shutout 11-zip at Jack Sommers Field at BHS.
Berthoud scratched out its lone run – an RBI double off the bat of Kellan Oliver that scored Adrian Short – in the top of the fifth inning. Holy Family had already scored two runs in the first and one more in each of the second and third frames. Trailing only 4-1 going into the home half of the fifth saw Berthoud with some hope, but the Tigers pushed three across the plate to answer and added another four runs in the sixth to end the game after six innings of play. The Spartans were able to scratch out only four hits in the game and committed a whopping five fielding errors to allow four unearned runs.
Saturday things were much the same as they were two days prior. Four Tigers scored in the second inning and that proved to be all the runs Berthoud’s visitors would need, as they cruised to the 11-0 win to complete their season sweep of the Spartans. Sophomore Matt Jorissen got the start on the mound for Berthoud and was largely effective in his three innings of work, allowing only a single earned run but three free passes and a pair of Berthoud errors in the field did not help matters.
Berthoud (6-10, 4-7 conf.) will play seven games over the last two weeks of the regular season and are not out of the postseason hunt. Berthoud will play a two-game series with Tri-Valley Conference (TVC) rival Mead (3-10, 2-6 conf.) beginning Thursday at BHS.
Girls soccer: Berthoud drops back-to-back matches
The final couple weeks of the regular season will feature the BHS girls soccer team running the gauntlet against some of the toughest teams on their schedule. Things got off to a rough start for the Lady Spartans over the last week as they dropped a pair of matches, losing 9-2 to Erie and then by a 7-0 final tally to 5A Windsor on a cold Monday night.
The first halves of both matches proved to be Berthoud’s bane, as the Lady Spartans allowed both opponents to hang seven goals on the board, putting things well out of reach before halftime. Berthoud did score a pair of goals in the first half against Erie, but a 7-2 halftime deficit was too much to overcome.
Berthoud (4-9, 2-5 TVC) will play their final two matches on their home pitch this week as they welcome Loveland to Max Marr Field on Wednesday and close out the year on Friday night when they host Holy Family.
Tennis: Berthoud girls scratch out 4-3 win over Fort Morgan
Berthoud’s singles players shined last Thursday as they won all three matches that went a long way toward helping the Lady Spartans win their second-straight and enter the conference tournament on a hot streak.
Senior Eriana Rennaker took care of business against Maddie Wiedrich, winning 6-2, 6-4 to get things started on a positive note for Berthoud. Sophomore Gretchen Marty was equal to the task, winning in two singles 6-1, 6-4 against Kaytlyn Fajardo. The win, which was Marty’s third in as many matches, pushes the sophomore’s season record to an impressive 7-3. In three singles Berthoud saw junior Emma Lundgreen also take the match 6-1, 6-4 over Emma Wolff.
The doubles matches saw Fort Morgan pick up three wins. In one doubles the Acacia Doughty and Natalie Flores defeated Berthoud’s senior pairing of Kali Thoren and Delany Lord by a 6-3, 6-2 final. Things were much the same in two doubles where Fort Morgan’s Grace Breneman/Julie Munoz team defeated Berthoud’s Alana Hymel/Lily Lind team in a match that was pushed to three sets, the final win going to the visitors 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. The Mustangs picked up their third win in three doubles where Olivia Wolff and Lucida Secades-Casino defeated Sidney Hocker and Ellie Yuska 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Berthoud’s win in the four doubles match, where Piper O’Meara and Hannah Miller got the convincing 6-0, 6-2 win, propelled the Lady Spartans to the team win.
Berthoud’s conference tournament will be held Thursday in Frederick.
Track and Field: Both Berthoud teams place eighth in the 20-team Weld County Championships
Berthoud faced some stout competition from a lot of 4A and 5A schools at the Weld County Championships on Saturday, but saw a number of strong performances on both the boys and girls sides.
Junior sprinter and jumper Alyssa Bailey claimed fifth place in the 200 meter, took home the silver medal by finishing in second place in the long jump, and placed eighth in the triple jump, continuing her strong performance on the season. Kai Berry also took second place in the discus throw and finished in 11th place in the shotput. Senior Cailey Archer took sixth place in the 400 and seventh in the 1600 long-distance run. Freshman Anndee Davidson also placed sixth in the 100 hurdles and posted a solid eighth-place finish in the 300 hurdles.
On the boys side, where Berthoud also finished in eighth place in team scoring, the Spartans got a seventh-place finish from Jonathan Wyrwas in the 200. Wyrwas was just ahead of teammate Carlos Guiterrez in the 800 middle-distance race, where the two Berthoud runners claimed fifth- and sixth-place finishes. Accomplished distance runner Kade Leonard took the bronze medal in the 1600 for Berthoud, just six seconds short of first place. Tucker Horsch took sixth place in the 110 hurdles and finished eighth in the 300 hurdles. Berthoud junior Dawson Visger turned in another strong showing in the discus throw, finishing in eighth place on the day.
Berthoud will compete for sports in the state meet this weekend at the two-day conference championship meet at Longmont High School on Friday and Saturday.
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