LONE TREE, Colo. — Annika Sprauge had been waiting patiently, but she knew this was her year to get her first home run as a high school softball player.

It happened Tuesday afternoon as her Rock Canyon Jaguars, who are ranked No. 2 in Class 5A, shut out No. 4 Columbine 3-0 in a clash of softball powerhouses.

"After my first at-bat, I knew I had to be more aggressive -- so I just went in there swinging," the junior infielder said. "I honestly didn't think it went over (the fence), and then I looked at the home-plate umpire and he was waving in the air. It felt really good."

Rock Canyon improved to 12-1 on the season with Tuesday's win. The Jaguars have fallen only to No. 1 Chatfield.

Columbine (14-1) suffered its first loss of the season despite an impressive pitching performance by Korbe Otis.

Rock Canyon's offense also produced scoring plays on an RBI single by Anna Reimers that scored Izzy Chavez, as well as Katie Dack's RBI triple that brought home Reimers.

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