The past is just that, something that has happened and can not be changed. What takes place in the next instance is controllable to some degree. Cedaredge High School's softball team posted an 8-12 record a year ago and lost an 11-9 first-round playoff game to Valley. Season over.
Cedaredge's next chapter of the school's softball program is in the hands of this year's team and new head coach Terry Montoya, and Bruins' players are getting to know the disciplined style he brings with him.
This is the first season Montoya has coached a girls softball team and he has found not all aspects of coaching the game are foreign to him or his players.
Montoya has two seasons as the Bruins' baseball head coach and he brings the same winning mentality from baseball to the softball program.
There are big expectations for Montoya and the coming season. "The girls are working hard and learning fundamental skills that will make them competitive."
There are 21 athletes playing softball for Cedaredge this year; with five seniors, five juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen listed on the Bruins' varsity roster.
The seven-team 3A District 5 softball league consists of Meeker, Cortez, Aspen, Delta, Cedaredge Basalt and Gunnison. Montoya knows there are no easy games to be played and is wary of all league teams and doesn't pick any one team to beat over another. "We need to compete with everyone we play," was Montoya's thoughts on who would be a team to beat.
Continuing on about the Bruins' schedule this season, Montoya is confident his team will grow as it plays each week. "I scheduled a lot of 4A teams early in the season because I want my players to realize that they can play against anyone. It's really not about who we play; it's about focusing on playing against the ball; making the routine play, controlling what we can control and playing hard for the other eight people on the field. I really hope we learn to be selfless throughout this season because that is a lesson that will carry over into all parts of life. If we can achieve that as a team, then it will be a successful season. Some of the best wins don't go in a column."
How Cedaredge plays this season comes down to a core of returning players which is centered around the play of seniors Hanna Gardner, Nevaeh Martinez, Nicole Miller, Emalee Brooks and Shelby Stone.
"I am expecting all our seniors to have an impact this season. It is a new coach, a new system and they all must continue to learn it and buy into what we are trying to accomplish. So far they have all done a good job," explained Montoya.
Palisade 9, Bruins 7
The middle innings cost Cedaredge its chance at a victory in Palisade on Aug. 23. The Bulldogs used a combined seven-run burst in the third, fourth and fifth innings to fuel the 9-7 non-conference victory. Cedaredge had just scored its first run in the top-half of the third to tie the game at one run apiece.
Cedaredge scored twice in the fourth and sixth innings and trailed 8-5 before the Bulldogs tacked on their final run in the bottom half of the inning. The Bruins scored twice in the top of the seventh for a final score of 9-7.
Junior Summer Young and sophomore Jazmyn Hart had four hits each for the Bruins. Young had a double and four RBIs in the game while Hart scored twice and knocked in two runs. Senior Nevaeh Martinez, junior Saidee Antal and sophomore Ivy Kirk picked up two hits each in the loss. Palisade's Jetta and Nivia Rivera had two hits and two RBIs each for Palisade.