Meeker's Cowboys have sewn up the 3A District 5 softball team title after sweeping through last week's schedule with wins over Cedaredge, Gunnison (doubleheader wins) and Aspen. The Cowboys are 10-1 in league play and 15-3 overall.
Cedaredge slipped to fourth place in the standings following losses to the Cowboys, Basalt and Delta (story found on page B5). The Bruins did split a doubleheader with Basalt (4-9 and 11-7) and are 5-4 in league play and 6-10 overall after defeating Palisade (10-3) on Saturday at Bergman field on the campus of CMU. The Bruins finished the Palisade game with a triple play to preserve the win.
Delta (5-2 and 8-6) is second with Basalt third with records of 7-4 and 10-6.
At Meeker, the Bruins fell behind 3-0 after one inning and trailed 6-0 after the third frame. Meeker finished the game with four runs in the fourth for a 10-0 lead and held the Bruins scoreless in the top of the fifth to preserve the league win.
Nicole Miller led Cedaredge's offense with two hits, including a double. Meeker's Kenzie Turner hit her first home run of the season to lead the Cowboy's statistics with four RBIs.
The Bruins have been plagued by errors all season long and finished with four miscues against Meeker.
Summer Young took the loss for Cedaredge (3-5) and Mackenzie Marshall improved to 8-2 with the win for Meeker.
In game one of a makeup doubleheader against Basalt, the Bruins fell behind 9-0 before scoring their first run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Another three runs in the sixth made the final score 9-4.
Josie Hiatt had two hits and an RBI for Cedaredge while Neveah Martinez had an RBI on one hit. Miller and Shelby Stone also had RBIs for the Bruins.
Young was the losing pitcher (3-6) for Cedaredge and Morgan Ash collected her seventh win against five losses for the Cowboys.
In game two, Basalt looked like it was going to make it a sweep with a three-run first inning to take a 3-1 lead.
A run in the second and four more in the top of the fourth gave Cedaredge a 6-3 lead. Meeker came back for three runs in the fifth tying the game at 6-6.
Each team scored once in the sixth inning.
The Bruins iced the win with four runs in their half of the seventh with Cedaredge's defense keeping the Cowboys scoreless in their last at bat.
Elle Lewis picked up her first win against two losses for the Bruins and Ash gave up 13 hits in the fifth loss of the season.
Hiatt banged out four hits, including two doubles and three RBIs to lead the Bruins' offense. Kambry Hall had two hits and two RBIs. Hannah Gardner had two hits, scored three times and had a double with Miller duplicating Gardner's two hits and a double.
Sequoia Kellogg, Kate Shrock and Megan Nieslanik all had two hits and an RBI for the Cowboys. Ash was 1-4 with an RBI.
Cedaredge's 11-hit attack against Palisade was led by Gardner's 2-4 day which included a home run and three RBIs. Hall had two RBIs while Hiatt and Katie Hyke had two-hit days (including doubles) with an RBI each.
The Bruins led 8-2 after five innings and scored their final two runs in the top of the seventh to provide the game's 10-3 final score.
Cedaredge's defense turned in a gem in the final inning of play. Cedaredge coach Matt Hall had this account of how the game ended. "We started the bottom of the seventh with a comfortable 10-2 lead. But, nerves seemed to hit. The leadoff hitter got on by an error and then scored off a double by the second batter. We hit the third batter. The fourth batter hit the ball hard to shortstop and she threw the ball past second base loading the bases." Hall contemplated changing pitchers at this point but decided to see what would happen with the next batter. "That batter flew out to right field (Kambry Hall) who then threw out the tagging runner from third at the plate on a tag by Emalee Brooks. Emalee threw to third trying to get the runner who had tagged and advanced from second. The throw went into left field and the runner tried to come home. Our right fielder (Katie Hyke) picked up the ball and threw out the runner at the plate on another tag by Emalee for the third out."
Young was in the circle for her fourth win for Cedaredge.
Cedaredge is in Cortez for doubleheader action on Oct. 6 before awaiting the post-season pairings.