Lions knock it out of park

Lutheran takes second straight state title in softball

Jim Benton
jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/25/22

Glen Maestretti decided a few years ago that coaching girls softball at Lutheran High School might be worth it. It was a good decision. On Oct. 22 at the Aurora Parks complex, Lutheran won its second …

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Lions knock it out of park

Lutheran takes second straight state title in softball

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Glen Maestretti decided a few years ago that coaching girls softball at Lutheran High School might be worth it.

It was a good decision.

On Oct. 22 at the Aurora Parks complex, Lutheran won its second straight state title with a 3-0 victory over defending champions Holy Family in the Class 4A title game.

It gives the Lions a 3A runner-up finish, a 3A state crown and now a 4A state championship in the three years since the program was adopted at the school. The Lions have compiled a three-year record of 74-3.

“When I got word there was an opening I talked to our pitching coach and he said let’s go coach at Lutheran,” said Maestretti. “I was coaching over at Chaparral. It was a perfect calling for me.

“Winning back-to-back titles feels unbelievable and for the two seniors (Taylor Cramer and Faith Byler) on this team, they have been in the state championship game three years in a row.”

In the Class 5A championship game, Douglas County waited until the seventh inning to create any offense and dropped a 7-3 decision to top-seeded Columbine.

Maestretti’s daughter and pitcher Hailey dominated the game against Holy Family. The junior left-hander stuck out 17 batters and allowed only four hits. In four state tournament games Hailey Maestretti allowed only two unearned runs, gave up nine hits and struck out 43 batters in 27 innings pitched.

Hailey Maestretti has committed to play softball at the University of Utah.

“Hailey was probably seven or eight, just a wild kid who threw hard in the basement,” said Glen Maestretti. “We found a

pitching coach down in Castle Rock, which really pointed her in the right direction to where she’s at today.

“Hailey is one of those pitchers that doesn’t get fazed a lot on the mound. She keeps her composure well, just dialed in with Dad yelling at her sometimes. She just goes out and gets the job done.”

Hailey Maestretti ran into trouble in the seventh inning against Holy Family, which had two runners on base with one out, but Hailey stuck out two batters to end the game.

“It feels awesome to win the state title,” said Hailey Maestretti. “My screwball and changeup were working the best. We have great players on the team, great hitters and great fielders. Everything is pretty good.”

Lutheran (28-1) got all the offense support it needed with Alekisia Severson’s RBI single in the second inning and then Byler added a two-run single in the sixth inning.

The Lights opened the season with a 8-1 win over Holy Family on Aug. 12 and end the campaign with its shutout win over the Tigers.

Second-seeded Douglas County finished the season with a 26-3 record but the Huskies couldn’t get going until the final inning against Columbine when they scored three runs.

Pitcher Marina Tinari had three hits against the Rebels and allowed five hits on the mound in 5.1 innings of pitching.

Tinari was outstanding in the Huskies 14-1 semifinal victory over defending state champion and Continental League rival Legend.

She allowed only one hit, a first inning solo home run to Lexi Craig, and got plenty of support from her teammates.Emerson Wilson belted two three-run homers and Sydney Montoya also hit a three-run shot over the fence.

Legend wound up the year with a 22-6 record.

“They were firing on all cylinders and we were not,” said Legend coach Kristen Shirk. “They were the better team.”

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