Cedaredge's Lady Bruins had a marathon week in softball. They only played six softball games with four victories and two losses to upper division schools Palisade and Delta.
The Palisade loss was close (10-9) while Delta broke open a close game to score a 14-6 win.
Against 3A WSL foes, Cedaredge got the best of Aspen in double-header action, 16-1 and 19-3, on Sept. 26.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Lady Bruins pounded the visiting Grand Valley Cardinals 15-5 and 21-3 in another double-header day.
Palisade 10, Bruins 9
Cedaredge started fast on the campus of Palisade High School. Two runs in the first and three more in the second gave the Lady Bruins a 5-0 lead with the Bulldogs coming to bat in the bottom of the second.
Things got dicey for Cedaredge as it found itself in a Bulldogs' scoring parade in a five-run rally by the host team.
The score remained tied at 5-5 until the fifth inning when Cedaredge plated one run to take a 6-5 lead. Palisade found the same kind of scoring rally it had used in the second inning to post another five runs in its half of the fifth to take a 10-6 lead going to the sixth.
Cedaredge mustered up some of its own offensive firepower and scored three runs in its half of the sixth. While the Lady Bruins' defense did its part in the bottom of the sixth by preventing the Bulldogs another score, the offense could not produce the tying or go-ahead run in the top of the seventh to leave the score at 10-9 giving Palisade the win.
Cedaredge coach Matt Hall designated senior Kristen Alward as the Bruins' Player of the Game for her three-for-three day at the plate that included two RBIs and a double. She was lauded for her defensive play with two putouts, two assists and no errors.
Other Lady Bruins with three hits in the game included Jazmine Gomez (3-5, one run) and junior Raylee Van der Lindee who was three-for-four with two doubles and two RBIs with one run scored.
Junior Shelby Rogers stole two bases and scored twice for the Lady Bruins.
Marissa Cantrell was the losing pitcher after going six innings and striking out five Palisade batters.
Delta 14, Cedaredge 6
On Sept. 25, the Lady Bruins hosted neighboring Delta at The Field of Dreams for a non-conference matchup between 3A Cedaredge and 4A Delta. Both teams are in the hunt for league honors and should be strong candidates to advance to post-season play when regular-season play has concluded.
The Lady Panthers, 14-3 overall and 5-0 in 4A WSL play, are the 2013 league champions following their 11-3 conquest of Palisade last Friday afternoon. Cedaredge could be the league's number two team, or even higher if the past weekend's games between Gunnison and league-leading Basalt went in favor of the Cowboys. The Bruins are resting in third prior to Tuesday's play in Gunnison. Cedaredge defeated the Lady Cowboys 8-6 in their previous meeting in Cedaredge and a win in Gunnison could boost the Lady Bruins to second place.
The game with Delta had no bearing on league standings for either team, other than overall records that are used to determine post-season pairings.
Delta put runs on the scoreboard first with two scores in the first inning. Cedaredge countered with one run of its own, leaving Delta ahead 2-1 until the third inning.
The Lady Panthers notched another run in the top of the third and then plated five more in the fourth to lead 8-1.
Cedaredge found its offense in the fifth inning with four runs, cutting Delta's lead to 8-5.
A two-run sixth made the score 10-5 with the Lady Bruins coming to bat. A single run in the bottom of the sixth cut the lead to 10-6.
Delta's four-run barrage in the seventh was more than enough to hold off the surging Cedaredge team by a 14-6 score.
Alward was once again the leading hitter for Cedaredge with three hits in three at bats with an RBI and one run scored. Gomez had two hits and scored once for Cedaredge.
Delta's leading offensive players included freshman Lily Lockhart who had a record day at the plate with three home runs, eight RBIs and four runs scored. Kasha Culver had three hits, an RBI, and scored one run. Raven Duran had three hits, an RBI, and scored once, while freshman Megan Sandoval had three knocks and scored four times for Delta.
Sophomore Keilee Womack picked up the win for Delta with Lockhart pitching the last inning. Marissa Cantrell took the loss for Cedaredge.
Cedaredge 16, Aspen 1
In game one of double-header action against the Lady Skiers, Aspen began the game with a single run in the first inning. That lead did not last long as the Lady Bruins stormed to four runs in their half of the first.
Another three runs for Cedaredge in the second frame gave the Lady Bruins a 7-1 lead.
A nine-run third put the icing on the cake with a 16-1 win in just four innings.
Top hitters for Cedaredge included Gomez (3-3, three runs, 2 RBIs), Heather Wilczek (2-4, 2 RBIs, a double, and a run scored), Katie O'Hern (2-3, one RBI, a run scored), and Kaitlyn Kissner (1-2, 3 RBIs, a double, and a run scored).
Cantrell was the winning pitcher with three innings of work, five K's, and three walks. Van der Lindee pitched the last inning and struck out two batters and walked one.
Cedaredge 19, Aspen 3
In game two, TiJay Lehman picked up the win. She went four innings, gave up two hits and three runs, struck out six and walked two.
Cedaredge jumped on Aspen's pitching for eight runs in the first inning and added five more in the second. The Lady Skiers posted their three runs in the second inning.
One run in the third and five more in the fourth ended the game via the 10-run rule with a score of 19-3.
Lehman was two-for-two at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored.
Wilczek was a three-hit player for Cedaredge with a double, two RBIs, and two runs scored.
Kissner and Cantrell finished with two hits apiece.
CHS 15, GVHS 5
Cedaredge continued its offensive prowess against Grand Valley with big wins in both games of a double-header. In game one, the Lady Cardinals scored three times in the first inning only to trail 4-3 after Cedaredge tallied four runs in its half of the inning.
From that point on, it was all Cedaredge. The Lady Bruins scored twice in the second inning, once in the third, six times in the fourth and finished with two runs in the fifth to account for their 15 runs. Grand Valley added two runs in the fifth to make the final score 15-5.
Katie O'Hern went three-for-four at the plate with a double and played perfect defense with five assists and a put out on second base.
Two-hit games for Cedaredge included Kissner, Cantrell, Gomez and Shelby Rogers.
Cantrell, Gomez and Van der Lindee joined O'Hern with doubles in the game while Kissner, Cantrell and Samantha Galley had triples.
Cantrell was the winning pitcher with five strike outs to her credit.
CHS 21, GVHS 3
Game two of Saturday's double-header with Grand Valley was another four-inning game for the Lady Bruins. Each team scored once in the first inning, but an 11-run second for Cedaredge more than did the Lady Cardinals in.
Grand Valley scored twice in the third inning, and Cedaredge plated one run in the third and another eight in the fourth to win going away, 21-3.
O'Hern had two hits in four at bats. She had a remarkable day at second base with five assists, noted Hall.
Wilczek and Cantrell had three-hit days for Cedaredge while Kissner generated two hits for the winners. Cantrell and Galley had doubles with Kissner smacking a triple.
Kissner, O'Hern and Cantrell had three-RBI days.
Cedaredge played at Gunnison on Tuesday, Oct. 1 and then faces Cortez on Friday (Oct. 4) at 3 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus