Overview There are some new things this season, including: • The coach, pitcher or catcher of the defensive team may request an intentional walk either before or during the pitch count. • …
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There are some new things this season, including:
• The coach, pitcher or catcher of the defensive team may request an intentional walk either before or during the pitch count.
• Equipment no longer has to be inspected by the umpire or placed outside the dugout/bench prior to the start of a game. Responsibility for ensuring that players are legally and properly equipped rests with the head coach and school administration.
• Umpires now have the authority to allow a reasonable number of warm-up pitches to an incoming pitcher due to circumstances that required a pitcher to be removed by rule or injury. Previously, there were no guidelines for the incoming pitcher under these circumstances.
Defending 5A state champion Legend returns six starters and both of its pitchers from last season. The Titans face a rugged non-league schedule and then jump into the competitive Continental League play, where Legend has to compete against strong teams led by Douglas County.
Valor Christian, a dominant team in 4A the past four years, moves up into Class 5A with a team loaded with players that gained experience last season. Fossil Ridge, 5A runner-up to Legend, and semifinalist Legacy also return a notable nucleus of players from the 2017 campaign.
Legend was ranked No. 1 in the preseason CHSAANow.com preseason Class 5A poll followed by Fossil Ridge. Legacy was fourth, Valor Christian ninth and Douglas County 10th.
Top returning players
The following are some of the top returning players in the south metro area:
Zoey LeCompte, Legend; Payton Lincavage, Legend; Alley Kim, Douglas County; Katie Meredith, Valor Christian; Maggie Swank, Englewood; Savannah Behaetz, Valor Christian; Savanna Reiners, Douglas County; Olivia Bradley, Legend; Annie Rouke, Mountain Vista; Kennady Warder, Mountain Vista; Julia Qualteri, Pondersoa; Bridgette Strobl, ThunderRidge; Alexa Cordes, Castle View; Haley Hoy, Castle View; Kiah Parker, Castle View; Moranda Ramey, Chaparral; Katie Hilsman, Douglas County; Abby Stallcup, Douglas County; Bella Mumford, Legend; Cailey Oldemeyer, Legend; Audrey Burt, Rock Canyon; Katie Dack-Howell, Rock Canyon; Erin Keen, Rock Canyon; Megan Seltzer. Rock Canyon; Brooke Callard, ThunderRidge; Amanda Hedge, ThunderRidge; Meleia Schaap, Heritage; Kaleigh Krueger, Arapahoe; Annie Landon, Cherry Creek; Keely Holt, Arapahoe; Katie Maney, Arapahoe; Casey Grant, Cherry Creek; Alex Frey, Cherry Creek; Taryn Dragseth, Highlands Ranch.
Regional tournaments for 3A, 4A and 5A are set for Oct. 13.
State championships for 3A, 4A and 5A will be played Oct. 19-20 at Aurora Sports Park.
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