GREELEY — What a day for the Holy Family teams in Greeley.
The softball team was playing Greeley West at Twin Rivers Park and less than three miles away at District 6 Stadium on the campus of Northridge High School, the cross country team was competing in its fourth Northern Colorado Athletic Conference meet of the year.
And after coach Moriah Nguyen’s team made quick work of the Spartans 18-0 in just three innings, the harriers made even quicker work of the 3.1 miles course, setting personal bests up and down the roster.
Starting at softball, it was a chance for the Tigers to show off their depth a little big against the undermanned Spartans, who came into the game at just 2-6. They were able to rest a couple of starters in preparation for a double header tomorrow in Highlands Ranch against both Valor Christian and Regis Jesuit, and didn’t skip a beat in the process.
The Tigers jumped all over Greeley West starter Nathali Mendoza in the first inning, scoring 11 runs on 10 hits before she was removed. There were big hits up and down the line-up, including junior catcher Abby Edwards, who had a run scoring double and a two-run home run in the first inning.
In fact, Tyler Whitlock, Cassidy Chvatal and Jenna Pfenning all had two hits in the first inning. Pfenning tripled to the right centerfield fence to drive in a run. Even the freshman, who got a chance to play on Friday afternoon delivered. Jordan Peterson went 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs and Kaylee McDonald threw two strong innings in the circle.
Chvatal started and threw just five pitches in her one inning of work before giving way to McDonald, who walked one and saw another reach on an error. Neither pitcher allowed a hit.
Over at the cross country meet, the Tigers boys — led by Jake Vigil’s sterling third place run in a time of 17 minutes, 46 seconds — won the team chase with a score of 22 points. Windsor was second with 36 and Greeley West scored 46.
It was a big meet for the the guys on the cusp of the top six and a chance to maybe move up and make a regional team in a few weeks. Vigil ran strong, as did C.J. O’Neill, who finished fifth in a time of 18:12. Luke Busot was close behind in sixth at 18:19. Patrick Cavanaugh finished eighth in 18:29.
On the girls side, it was the first official race for senior Alyssa Wells since the state meet last year. After having her track season wiped out in the spring and then an arm injury to start the fall, Wells fared well in her return to competition, finishing fourth overall in 22 minutes, 56 seconds. She was just ahead of teammate Sydney Howorko (22:58). Kirara Kingley finished seventh in 23:29.
Also of note was a nice run in the second heat by Moriah Montoya, winning in 23:08.
The top six boys and girls runners will be back in action tomorrow in Colorado Springs at the state course (Norris Penrose Event Center) for the Cheyenne Mountain Invite. The girls will go at noon and the boys at 12:45.
HOLY FAMILY 18, GREELEY WEST 0 (3 INN)
Holy Family (4-2, 1-0) (11)16 — 18 20 1
Greeley West (2-7, 0-2) 000 — 0 0 4
Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-bi) — Whitlock 2-2-2-2, Peterson 2-1-2-2, Kuszak 3-2-2-2, Edwards 4-2-4-4, Chvatal 2-0-2-0, McDonald 1-2-0-0, Pfenning 2-1-2-1, Schafer 1-2-1-0, Deau 2-1-1-2, Siefken 2-2-1-0, Manzanares 3-2-2-1, Garcia 2-1-1-1. Totals 26-18-20-15.
Holy Family pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Chvatal 1-0-0-0-0-1, McDonald 2-0-0-0-1-1.
LEAGUE MEET NO. 4
At Northridge H.S.
Team scores — Holy Family 22, Windsor 36, Greeley West 46.
Holy Family runners (Heat 1) — 3. Jake Vigil 17 minutes, 46 seconds; 5. C.J. O’Neill 18:12; 6. Luke Busot 18:19; 8. Patrick Cavanaugh 18:29; 11. Jeff Majcen 19:21; (Heat 2) — Brennan Musgrove 20:05; Mariano Diaz 20:55; Brennan Hill 21:07; Owen Bernica 22:10; Waylon Reenan 23:47.
Team scores — Windsor 20, Holy Family 24, Greeley West 41.
Holy Family runners (Heat 1) — 4. Alyssa Wells 22:56; 5. Sydney Howorko 22:58; 7. Kiara Kingsley 23:39; 8. Daniella Hren 24:09; 9. Dylan Sanders 24:14; (Heat 2) — Moriah Montoya 23:08; Lizzbeth Villalobos 24:54; Marianna Medearis 25:05; Isabella Marquez 26:00; Leah Valencia 26:02.