An off day at the plate for Cedaredge High School's softball team resulted in a sub-par performance in the Bruins' opening round of the 3A State Softball Championships in Aurora on Friday. The Bruins have been more than average in hitting statistics all year long but failed to solve Sterling's pitching on Friday in Aurora.
Playing against the number eight seed Sterling, Cedaredge (No. 9) was unable to catch up to the pitching of Sterling senior Taylor Knudson. The Bruins scattered six hits over five innings of play to score three runs in a 13-3 loss. Cedaredge played from behind the entire game and was held in check by Sterling's defense and the pitching of Knudson.
Sterling was able to score 13 runs on nine hits against Bruins' starter Brittany Kendall and added one more against reliever Lacey Rodriguez.
The Tigers eased their way to a 6-0 lead going to the third inning where Cedaredge scored a pair of runs, including a home run from senior Shayna Dale, who had one of six hits from Cedaredge hitters. Katie Hyke was 2-2 at the plate with two RBIs.
The Tigers increased their lead by one in the fourth frame and put the game away with a six-run surge in the fifth.
Sterling's Brooke Polenz and Rylan Nelson hit home runs for the Tigers. Nelson was 2-3 with the bat and finished with two RBIs. The Tigers outhit Cedaredge 12-6 in the game.
Bruins' pitcher Brittany Kendall took the loss and finished the year with a 7-3 record. Knudson ended the year with her 12th win, and a loss against Strasburg was the eighth of the season.
Cedaredge ended its season with a 15-7 overall record and 10-2 in the 3A WSL.
The Bruins landed six on the WSL post-season honors list. First team all-conference selections were seniors Shayna Dale, Brittany Kendall and Lacey Rodriguez. Kelsey Stroud, also a senior, was selected to the Second Team and senior Brittney Thliveris and junior Josie Hiatt were Honorable Mention selections.
Dale, Kendall and Rodriguez were selected to the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports All State Team and will play in Westminster on Nov. 6.