BROOMFIELD - While neither team came home with a state title, it was a successful season for both Holy Family and Legacy softball teams.
The two teams each made a run in the state playoffs, before losing in the semifinals. The Tigers fell 3-1 to Valley in Class 3A, while the Lightning lost to rival Loveland, 9-2, in 5A. The loss ended Legacy’s streak at five consecutive state titles.
It’s tough to ignore the success of many of the individuals on both squads. Legacy had another impressive squad, which featured seven seniors - including star second baseman Bekka Prokaski. Prokaski, who is the 2012 MetroNorth Newspapers Softball Player of the Year, set a school record in doubles and even led the state with 19 in her senior year.
She finished the season with an impressive .570 at the plate and led Legacy with 49 hits, 36 RBIs and 35 runs. She had two four-hit games throughout the season, and even hit a home run against Ponderosa early in the season. Against Loveland at state, Prokaski went 3 for 4 with two doubles.
“It wasn’t how we wanted to end, but I’m proud of my teammates,” Prokaski said.
Senior Nicole Gardon’s arm carried the Tigers to an impressive 18-4 record, with Gardon winning 13 of those games - which was a big reason why she was chosen the Pitcher of the Year. She also struck out 118 batters and posted a 1.89 ERA.
Gardon’s domination on the mound was apparent throughout the season - she earned five shutout wins. She threw 10 strong innings and struck out 13 batters to help Holy Family sneak past Conifer 3-2 earlier this season. And in the state playoffs, she struck out seven batters to help the Tigers top Basalt 10-3.
“I think we had a very successful season,” Gardon said. “We improve a lot from last year and I’m going to miss my teammates.”
Holy Family’s coach Glen Ramos was chosen as Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to the semifinals. His squad only dropped one league game and made it to the state playoffs for the 13th consecutive season. They also won the league title for the fourth consecutive season and rolled through the regional tournament.
Holy Family only had one loss to a 3A opponent, which was Valley in the semifinals. The Tigers had to forfeit a game, but their other losses were to 5A Monarch (5-4) and 4A Broomfield (7-4).
“We had a phenomenal group of seniors,” Ramos said. “I’m just really proud of the girls.”
Joining Gardon and Prokaski on the all-region first team are Angelique Archuleta, Paige Reichmuth, Celyn Whitt and Haley Smith from Legacy, Jasmine Wessel and Makenzy Mitt from Horizon, Melissa Heronema and RiAnna May from Standley Lake and Angel Micciulli and Marisa Kennedy from Westminster.
C- Jasmine Wessel, Soph., Horizon .500, 39 hits, 17 RBI, 8 doubles
1B- Angelique Archuleta, Sr., Legacy .443, 31 hits, 18 RBI, 19 runs
2B- Bekka Prokaski, Sr., Legacy .570, 49 hits, 36 RBI, 19 doubles
3B-Melissa Heronema, Jr., Standley Lake .481, 3 home runs, 5 triples, 22 RBI
SS- Paige Reichmuth, Sr., Legacy .366, 30 hits, 21 RBI, 7 doubles
OF-Angel Micciulli, So., Westminster .46, 29 hits, 17 RBI, 7 3B
OF-Makenzy Mitt, Sr., Horizon .429, 33 hits, 26 runs, 16 RBI
OF-RiAnna May, Jr, Standley Lake .373, 28 hits, 21 RBI, 3 home runs
UT-Celyn Whitt, So., Legacy .447, 21 hits, 17 runs, 16 RBI
P- Haley Smith, Soph., Legacy 14-1, 2.02 ERA, 66 K, 26 BB
P-Nicole Gardon, Sr, Holy Family 13-2, 1.89 ERA, 118 K, 18 BB
P-Marisa Kennedy, So., Westminster 8-7, 2.72 ERA, 93 K, 78 BB
Player of the Year - Bekka Prokaski, Holy Family
Pitcher of the Year - Nicole Gardon, Holy Family
Coach of the Year - Glen Ramos, Holy Family
C-Tess Cartlin, Jr, Holy Family
1B- Desirae Visser, Jr, Mountain Range
2B-Grace Peterson, Jr, Holy Family
3B- Caitlyn Krenz, Sr., Holy Family
SS-Andrea Pierce, Sr. Northglenn
OF- Kelsey Bernard, Sr., Mountain Range
OF-Haley Draudt, So., Holy Family
OF-Jocelyn Howard, Sr., Legacy
UT-Hanna Caress, Sr., Legacy
P-Taylor Smith, So., Horizon
P-Kayla Staab, Jr., Mountain Range
P-Rhiannon Parry, Jr., Standley Lake
Holy Family (Moriah Turney, Maeve Donovan), Horizon (Lindsey Pritchard , Sierra Watts, Taylor Smith), Legacy (Kara Walling , Kylie Bernard, Mariah Latham), Mountain Range (Harley Hueser, Valier Ortega, Riley Craig), Skyview (Mercedes Aguilar, Allison Pacheco), Standley Lake (Brooke Stevens)